Panthers Announce Several Coaching Changes

     

The Carolina Panthers officially announced a number of coaching changes on Wednesday including Chase Blackburn being named special teams coordinator.

The Panthers also hired Brady Hoke DL coach, Steve Russ LBs coach, Scott Turner QBs coach, Heath Farwell assistant STs coach and Travelle Wharton assistant OL coach.

Blackburn, 34, played 10 years in the NFL with the Giants and Panthers. Carolina elected to hire him as their assistant special teams coach in 2016.

According to Football Outsiders, the Panthers were the No. 6 special teams unit in 2017.

Hoke, 59, began his coaching career back in 1981 as the defensive coordinator for Yorkton (IN) high school. Hoke spent two years in that position before joining Grand Valley State as their defensive coordinator.

Hoke had stints at Western Michigan, Toledo, Oregon State, Michigan, Ball State and San Diego State before Michigan hired him as their head coach in 2011. He spent four years at Michigan before he was fired after the 2014 season.

Since then, Hoke has worked for Oregon and Tennessee.

During his head-coaching stint with at Michigan, Hoke led them to a record of 31-20 (60.78 percent) and one Bowl win.