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January 20, 2009

Trgovac expected to return

1021trgovac MOBILE, Ala. -- Mike Trgovac is expected to remain the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator.

Speculation has swirled about Trgovac's status since the Panthers' 33-13 loss to Arizona in the playoffs and Carolina's late-season struggles on defense.

However, the Observer has learned that the team still wants Trgovac and he wants to stay. He has been offered a new contract and is expected to sign it soon. He is with the rest of the Panthers staff scouting for the team at the Senior Bowl this week.

The  Panthers appear close to losing a third member of the coaching staff, linebackers coach Ken Flajole. He appears close to landing the defensive coordinator job with the St. Louis Rams, working with new head coach Steve Spagnola. At this time, it looks like the rest of the staff will return.

Earlier, quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Mike McCoy left to become offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and was replaced by Rip Scherer, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. Defensive line coach Sal Sunseri left to coach linebackers under Nick Saban at Alabama.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on January 20, 2009 at 03:24 PM | Permalink

Comments

why???

Posted by: scott bulluk | Jan 20, 2009 3:33:40 PM

This truly sucks!!!! He should have been run out of town immediately following the AZ loss.

Posted by: Scotty A | Jan 20, 2009 3:35:34 PM

I guess we can call this a Trgo-wreck waiting to happen....these guys are going to go down in flames....right before our very eyes....ugh....

Posted by: smartestbloggerever | Jan 20, 2009 3:39:04 PM

I hope I am wrong, but I think we are gonna stink next year. Atlanta on the rise, TB taking care of business. We will be what NO was this year, all offense and no defense. How do you sign this guy to a new contract?

Posted by: jeff | Jan 20, 2009 3:41:01 PM

Nice scoop.

How is Peppers going to feel about this?

Posted by: Mike@ProFootballAmerica.com | Jan 20, 2009 3:41:14 PM

this is GReAt news for our next season....get rid of our best coaches and keep the retarded shitey one's. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!

Posted by: tvgrvakovicowakomac | Jan 20, 2009 3:41:19 PM

that sucks

Posted by: ray | Jan 20, 2009 3:41:54 PM

Get ready for a repeating season at most. It doesn't matter if we had the NFC probowl offense if our defense continues to play soft giving receivers 5+ yards to catch the ball

Posted by: Dustin | Jan 20, 2009 3:43:42 PM

Great idea. Bring back the guy that couldn't be bothered to change his scheme to cover a teams only big play threat. Brilliant.

Posted by: Cinc | Jan 20, 2009 3:44:06 PM

Let's face it, if Foxy doesn't make the playoffs next year, he's out anyway.

Why waste time on trying to get the players to learn an entirely new system when you know it's put or shut up?

We did win 12 games this year under Trgo, but that will definitely be harder without Peppers.

Posted by: be real | Jan 20, 2009 3:46:19 PM

BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worst news than hearing of Juluis' wanting to leave, but i did hear we got rid of our defensive line coach, don't understand why we're keeping this bum around, Defense hasn't been a force since Jack Del Rio left!! For an organization with soo much promise with the athletes we have, I hope, I hope and pray that the coaching won't hinder us as badly as it did this year...!! We should not have lost to the Giants had it not been for conservative play-calling when we were up big, and we should not have lost to the Vikings when we completely shut down A-Pete, should've been a 14-2 AT LEAST!!..Love my Panthers, so whatever they do, Im all for it!!! Go Steeevvvee!!!

Posted by: matt | Jan 20, 2009 3:48:12 PM

Un freaking believable! How freaking bad does it have to get before a change is made! Foxy won't change unless management forces him to! It wasn't his decision to fire Dan Henning!

Posted by: Norm | Jan 20, 2009 3:48:53 PM

Trgo has done a solid job as defensive coordinator during his stay. Fox has a lot of say in the play calling and schemes. At the end of the day the soft zone scheme that the Panthers use most often is either called by Fox or called by Trgo because he knows Fox won't go for anything else. I think Fox will revamp the defense this season and cut dead weight like he did with the offense last season. With the potential starting defensive backs next season being 26 years old or younger, there is a lot of youth to work with. Not to mention Beason, Davis, and Connor potentially being the starting LB corps next season. I think if the personnel is in place next season, expect a more aggressive defense next season, which was the case in '03.

Posted by: mountaineerdynasty | Jan 20, 2009 3:51:34 PM

Wow, the Falcons,Ravens, and Dolphins all "wasted time" learning a new system and look what it got them. At least 4 of the 12 wins can be classified as "Acts of God" by the offense with absolutely no credit to the defense.

Can you imagine how bad this defense is gonna be with Peppers?

Why waste time trying to play a system that doesn't work anymore. If your not changing and adapting to your opponent then your gonna get left behind.

Posted by: jeff | Jan 20, 2009 3:59:11 PM

I THINK TRGO NEEDS TO GO AND BRING IN A COACH THAT HAS A WINNING ATTITUDE. GIVE FOX ANOTHER SEASON ALONG WITH JAKE, FRANCHISE PEPPERS AND LET HIM GO TEST THE WATERS HE WILL REGRET IT BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO. SIGN GROSS TO A LONG TERM DEAL AND GET SOME GOOD DRAFT PICKS. BE AGGRESIVE IN THE FREE AGENCY MARKET

Posted by: yates | Jan 20, 2009 4:00:04 PM

choosing coaches should be a "true" football fan's democracy....the coaches are so loyal to each other that no one else ever gets a chance in here........that's how dom capers got removed...he wouldn't fire his coordinator.

Posted by: tvgrvakovicowakomac | Jan 20, 2009 4:02:10 PM

Also, Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com is reporting that linebackers coach Ken Flajole is leaving to become the new defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. I think this has a lot to do with Trgo leaving. Tim Lewis the DB coach and a former defensive coordinator is being suited as well. So if we lost every single defensive coach from last season, does anyone actually expect the Panthers to be improved next year? There must be some continuity for the defense and I think we're seeing that. Not to mention, the fact that other teams are pillaging our defensive staff also speaks to the defensive minds that Fox has put together. I realize the season didn't end as most would want, but take an objective look at what Fox and Trgo have done and this is a consistently top ten defensive team over the course of their time together. Panthers fans need to be careful what they ask for.

Posted by: mountaineerdynasty | Jan 20, 2009 4:04:00 PM

Also, Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com is reporting that linebackers coach Ken Flajole is leaving to become the new defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. I think this has a lot to do with Trgo leaving. Tim Lewis the DB coach and a former defensive coordinator is being suited as well. So if we lost every single defensive coach from last season, does anyone actually expect the Panthers to be improved next year? There must be some continuity for the defense and I think we're seeing that. Not to mention, the fact that other teams are pillaging our defensive staff also speaks to the defensive minds that Fox has put together. I realize the season didn't end as most would want, but take an objective look at what Fox and Trgo have done and this is a consistently top ten defensive team over the course of their time together. Panthers fans need to be careful what they ask for.

Posted by: mountaineerdynasty | Jan 20, 2009 4:04:12 PM

That dead weight center that played for us last year "Justin Hartwig" that Fox got rid of, guess where he is playing in a couple of weeks? Tampa.

Posted by: jeff | Jan 20, 2009 4:04:29 PM

Isn't it interesting that nobody is trying to steal Trgo from the Panthers, while other coaches are being tapped by other teams. Trgovac had a very talented and mostly healthy defense this year. He did NOT do the job.

Posted by: tc | Jan 20, 2009 4:06:06 PM

There are high school coaches throughout both states that get more out of less athletic talent than Trgovac. This is the saddest day in Panthers History... Period.

The Cardinals loss is nothing compared to this and falling on a steak knife woulda hurt less than that loss.

Posted by: Firestorm | Jan 20, 2009 4:06:23 PM

Jeff, you're an idiot. The Steelers rushing attack is absolutely horrendous and their pass protection is near the worst in the league. If you think Hartwig played a major role in the Steelers making it to Tampa then you are beyond retarded. Ever realize the Steelers have the league's #1 overall defense. Nah...that couldn't be the reason they are playing for all the marbles, it must be that overpaid, underachieving fool Hartwig who did nothing but nurse injuries and take up space for the Panthers during his time in Charlotte.

Posted by: mountaineerdynasty | Jan 20, 2009 4:07:28 PM

Another case of Fox's blind loyalty to his staff and certain players (Foster, Delhomme, Morgan). Horrible decision to bring back Trgovac, just horrible. How many good players (Jenkins & Peppers) do we have to loose before Mr. Richardson sees whats happening here????

Posted by: J Thomas | Jan 20, 2009 4:08:09 PM

Mountaineerdynasty,

I must agree with your assessment of Jeff.

Posted by: tc | Jan 20, 2009 4:10:47 PM

I was as hard as anyone on Trgovac after not adjusting to cover Fitzgerald. But the Eagles did everything I said the Panthers should have done to cover Fitzgerald and he had pretty much the same exact day, except with more touchdowns. I'm willing to give him another shot.

Peppers was unhappy his entire career that he has on the left side. He didn't like the way he was utilized and they didn't change it until this year, when he responded with a huge season. I think it shows that someone was making the wrong decision the entire time. Peppers appears to have made his mind up before this season to move on.

Whoever was responsible for mis-using Peppers, and Trgovac has to shoulder at least some of the blame, needs to get the boot. When your best player insists that he needs to ply on the left side to play well and then backs it up with the season he had this year, someone was being too stubborn for the team's own good.

Posted by: Morgan | Jan 20, 2009 4:14:07 PM

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