« Stewart's Achilles surgery successful | Main | See DeAngelo's 'Pants on the Ground' video »

January 21, 2010

Panthers hire Tolbert as receivers coach

The Panthers named Tyke Tolbert their new receivers coach today. Tolbert, who's been in that position with the Buffalo Bills the last six seasons, replaces Richard Williamson, who retired earlier this week.

Tolbert coached the Arizona Cardinals receivers in 2003 before going to Buffalo. He began his coaching career with college jobs at Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida. In his one season with the Cardinals, Tolbert coached rookie Anquan Boldin, who made the Pro Bowl that season.

The Panthers also have to hire a special teams coach to replace Danny Crossman, who was fired last week. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on January 21, 2010 at 03:31 PM | Permalink


I was hoping they had someone else in mind when they let Crossman go. I wonder if this means that is not the case, or it is not on the top of their to-do list/priority list with so many other issues to address.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jan 21, 2010 3:39:17 PM

Also, I wonder if this hiring also means that they may make a stab at getting Boldin in here.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jan 21, 2010 3:40:37 PM

This story reads much better (and sooner) on Panthers com site---

Until this month, Tolbert had been as the Buffalo Bills' wide receivers coach for six seasons under three different head coaches (Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron and Perry Fewell).
Lee Evans became the Bills' most prolific pass-catcher under Tolbert's watch, notching a pair of 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 (1,017 yards) and 2008 (1,292 yards). Eric Moulds also had more than 1,000 yards (1,043) in Tolbert's first season with the Bills.
Tolbert came to the Bills after one year with the Arizona Cardinals (2003) and eight seasons in the college ranks, including stints with Ohio University (spring 1995), Louisiana-Monroe (1995-97), Auburn (1998), Louisiana-Lafayette (1999-2001) and Florida (2002). During Tolbert's single season in Arizona, he coached Anquan Boldin, who caught an NFL rookie record 101 passes for 1,377 yards and was the only rookie that year to make the Pro Bowl.
Tolbert played wide receiver at LSU from 1988-90 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the school.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Jan 21, 2010 3:46:39 PM


Posted by: SYRPIS | Jan 21, 2010 3:47:12 PM

Well, just maybe he can teach Dwayne Jarrett a thing or two about being a WR in the NFL.

Posted by: Animal187 | Jan 21, 2010 3:59:18 PM

I really wanted the Bills special teams coach Bobby April.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Jan 21, 2010 4:01:45 PM

another loser

Posted by: Frank | Jan 21, 2010 4:05:14 PM

I believe this is a credible move.

Posted by: par404 | Jan 21, 2010 4:36:44 PM

Fox had no interest in April.. he acted like he did when he said he had placed a call to inquire on him, acting like he didn't know that he had already signed with chicago...I Like Fox and I hope he stays based on comparing him with who's available and the fact that this team finished strong... only question is.. What does he do with Jake...

Posted by: ClayB25 | Jan 21, 2010 4:47:56 PM

Listen to Frank! He knows E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!

Posted by: Dr PhilUp | Jan 21, 2010 4:57:59 PM

good move...obviously boldin had the talent and he got the most out of it...same in buffalo with all those terrible QB's he still managed to get moulds, and evans over 1000 yards. while josh reed and roscoe parrish were serviceable slot guys...he also has a history as a TE coach so he can fine tune rosario and barnidge in the receiving aspect of the position...good move

Posted by: rjk | Jan 21, 2010 5:02:53 PM

Fox may have a special teams coach in mind, just waiting for his season to end.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 21, 2010 5:16:52 PM

The Buffalo Bills is a team in Wyoming, right? Well just how well can he shoot Pronghorn Antelope is my only question. Go Panthers, and Jay Stew, what ever that is.

Posted by: ToniRomo | Jan 21, 2010 5:48:40 PM

reports earlier this year that said Les Miles already agreed to hire him at the end of the NFL season...wonder what happened with that?...guess he didn't want to go back to college

Posted by: 34 + 28 = 1 | Jan 21, 2010 5:59:18 PM

reports earlier this year that said Les Miles already agreed to hire him at the end of the NFL season...wonder what happened with that?...guess he didn't want to go back to college

Posted by: 34 + 28 = 1 | Jan 21, 2010 5:59:21 PM

Lets get real here people. The reason he is having so much trouble getting good coaches on his staff is because nobody wants to work for a LAME DUCK COACH!! If he is out of there next year, guess what? His staff is gone to. Who wants to move a family to a whole other state for that?

Posted by: CHUCK | Jan 21, 2010 6:01:43 PM

boldin will be a panther they want a third round pick

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 21, 2010 6:28:36 PM

Chuck, you are retarded. Fox is one of the best coaches in the NFL. Who else could've inspired a "lame duck" team to play so outstandingly well as the Panthers did during the last few games of this season.

Posted by: CarlChilders | Jan 21, 2010 6:30:36 PM

Fox doesn't surround himself with good coaches. That's always been the biggest drawback on him. With this Tolbert guy, it sounds like Fox is staying the course.

Posted by: keepinitreal | Jan 21, 2010 6:52:39 PM

Hey Carl,

I'm not questioning Fox as a coach. I agree that he is one of the best, but as I stated before. With the vacancies that he has no legitimate asst. coach wants to risk coming from some far off place to reestablish themselves here to work for a coach who may not even be here next year. When he goes his staff goes. I personally think that he will get the extension, but no one wants to risk the possiblity of that not happening. OK!

Posted by: CHUCK | Jan 21, 2010 7:07:41 PM

Word. Chuck, I agree. Sorry I called you a tard. I hope the Tards that bring up Boldin as a prospect are even remotely close. That would be The BOMB!!

Posted by: CarlChilders | Jan 21, 2010 7:59:42 PM

Coach Fox will be here for several years,and as far as all of the rubbish about position coaches. Position coaches would rather come to Carolina and have a chance at the Playoff's, then to go to Cleveland, Buffalo, Oakland, St. Louis, Kansas City, etc...Give me a break..!! Ah, so you are telling me they would rather go to team that is bad, rather then go to the Carolina Panthers, and showcase their coaching technique... Brilliant....!!!!

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Jan 21, 2010 8:05:28 PM

keepinitreal - really, that is why several of his assistants have taken Coordinator jobs and Head coaching jobs in the NFL and College. Where do you get your research, comic books..!! Think about what you say, before you make a comment that is incorrect. 'keepinitreal' You need to change your name..keeping it real is not what you are doing.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Jan 21, 2010 8:13:56 PM

All you Panthers fans that want Fox gone, be careful what you wish for. Im a Bills fan and would love to have Fox. During Fox's years in Charlotte, we have had a long string of losers coaching our team. The grass is not always greener.....

Posted by: scbillsfan | Jan 21, 2010 10:31:33 PM

The Bills were ranked 30th is passing yards.
Is that an improvement for us. We need a passing coordinator that puts receivers into position to win. If they don't run agreessive routes all the time get rid of them. Look at the contenders in the playoffs today. All of the receivers run in high gear all the time not occasionally like Jarret or Moose

Posted by: mickail | Jan 21, 2010 11:27:00 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.