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February 18, 2011

Skipper heading to Tennessee

    Former Carolina Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper is going to land on his feet.

    Unable to get the position coach job in Denver with John Fox, and unwanted here, he's found a soft landing spot in Tennessee. Skipper's going to Nashville Sunday to sign a contract with the Titans, per a league source. Skipper interviewed for the job Thursday, and was offered the job Friday afternoon.

    The chance to work with Titans RB Chris Johnson represents no drop-off from what he had here. Johnson's rushed for 4,598 yards in three seasons, with 2,006 in 2009 -- the same year Skipper coached Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams to more than 1,110 each.

    Skipper was contemplating retirement after his two preferred destinations never materialized. 

    Fox wanted to take him to Denver, but Broncos officials urged him to keep RBs coach Eric Studesville, who served as interim head coach last year after Josh McDaniels was fired.  And he termed his meeting here with Ron Rivera "a courtesy interview," and the Panthers ultimately hired former college assistant John Settle.

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on February 18, 2011 at 05:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

Good for Tennessee. He's the perfect kind of coach to take talented backs like Johnson and Javon Ringer and show them some tips and tricks to make them that much better and more productive on the field. Best of luck, Skip. Sorry you were so shamelessly kicked out the door here in Charlotte like so much garbage. Then again, we should understand that making friends (or, hell, winning games) isn't what Jerry Richardson's business plan and personal relationships are all about.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 18, 2011 6:12:44 PM

hes one hell of a coach.. but carolina is in a full rebuilding mode.. so i completely agree with their move. They want a completely new coaching regiment that will grow with this team and be around for a while. Skipper unfortunately is a little bit old. Well - in other news.. am i the only one who thinks Steve Smith is outta carolina.. :) i Love him but he deserves to play for a winner for his remaining career.. All the best

Posted by: nick | Feb 18, 2011 7:28:58 PM

why can't jerry work as hard as winning a super bowl as he works on breaking the players union. why do we never see his aggressive side with his own team?

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 18, 2011 11:00:29 PM

@ Nick - Yes, you are the 'Only' one that believes Steve Smith deserves a Superbowl on another team..
First - Why do you care if a Panther player left and won a Superbowl..!!
Second - Panthers would only get a 4th or 5th round draft pick. So why would you trade him for that, especially when he has (2) years left on his contract here. By the time he completes that contract, he will be 33 yrs old, and be on the downside of his career.
Third - With no CBA in place, and it's looking more like there will be a lockout, probably until October. Nobody will be picking new aging FA's to fill holes.
Fourth - The Panthers and their fans owe Steve Smith nothing, other then a paycheck and some cheers, period.

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Feb 18, 2011 11:50:22 PM

Best of luck to Jim S with the Titans, just Ron R wanted his "own" staff. In which he has the right to do, but someone will always complain. Jim S might have gotten the best out of the rbs as far in running. But he was a horrible at teaching the rb's how to pick up blitzes when the OLine couldn't block everyone.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 19, 2011 4:19:44 PM

Deangelo said something to the effect that hiring Skipper would be the key to him staying? He said this move would say how much the Panthers wanted him and therefore how motivated he would be to sign with us...

C'mon D'lo and Smith. Things will get better much faster if you two lead the way. Deangelo has always been a tremendous leader for us. Don't quit on us now buddy!

Posted by: zoneblitz | Feb 20, 2011 9:06:41 AM

Deangelo said something to the effect that hiring Skipper would be the key to him staying? He said this move would say how much the Panthers wanted him and therefore how motivated he would be to sign with us...

C'mon D'lo and Smith. Things will get better much faster if you two lead the way. Deangelo has always been a tremendous leader for us. Don't quit on us now buddy!

Posted by: zoneblitz | Feb 20, 2011 9:06:41 AM

Deangelo said something to the effect that hiring Skipper would be the key to him staying? He said this move would say how much the Panthers wanted him and therefore how motivated he would be to sign with us...

C'mon D'lo and Smith. Things will get better much faster if you two lead the way. Deangelo has always been a tremendous leader for us. Don't quit on us now buddy!

Posted by: zoneblitz | Feb 20, 2011 9:06:42 AM

Don Gregory and Marty Hurney should be the next ones to be "FiRED" in my opinion!

They both should be working for a UFL team if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Matt | Feb 20, 2011 1:49:26 PM

I may be selfish, but I'm just glad he didn't land on a team looking to upgrade at running back. I didn't want D-will to follow him.

Posted by: John in Concord | Feb 20, 2011 7:19:08 PM

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