Any last minute cries from Marty Hurney running through Charlotte-Douglas to catch Jim Skipper before boarding a plane were squashed today as the Carolina Panthers hired former ASU running back and Atlanta Falcon John Settle as RB coach, according to Darin Gantt.
Settle was a 1988 Pro-Bowler for the Falcons and he has been working in Madison as RB coach for the Wisconsin Badgers since 2005. There's no doubt we see the mold... c'mon now CSR faithful... say it with me... FORMER PLAYERS. But it appears that Settle is so much more than that (from his UW bio):
The 2010 season has been one of the most productive in recent memory. Averaging 247.3 rushing yards per game, Wisconsin holds the No. 12 rushing attack in the country. No other team in the country can match the three 800-yard rushers that the Badgers have. In the last three weeks of the regular season, Wisconsin rushed for 1,024 yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns.
Multiple successful running backs? Seems like Settle will fit right in here! More after the jump
Tip of the hat to Jake Humphrey who brought this to my attention
I postulated that perhaps what the Panthers were looking for was a coach who could work with the running backs and turning them into better receivers. Well... I was DEAD WRONG. From looking at Wisconsin's statistics they are not a team who uses RBs as pass catchers, go figure!
That being said, they are deadly runners and it looks like Settle is a great teacher (again, from his bio):
Last year, under Settle's tutelage, sophomore running back John Clay earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. Clay rushed for 1,517 yards to lead the Big Ten and rank eighth in the country. He was just the second sophomore in school history to rush for more than 1,500 yards and his single-season total ranks ninth in school history. Clay's nine 100-yard rushing games, tied for the fifth-most in the country and the fourth-best in school history. He also led the Big Ten with 18 rushing touchdowns, a mark that was tied for seventh in the country and tied for fourth in school history.
James White became the seventh Badger to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. White leads the Badgers with 1,029 rushing yards this season, third in the country among freshmen. His 6.95 yards per carry is on pace to break Wisconsin's single-season record and ranks second in the country among running backs with at least 100 carries. White was also a second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media and an honorable mention selection by the coaches.
Another local guy (he's from Reidsville, NC) and another former player. What do fans think about the hire?