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January 08, 2013

Panthers fire RB coach John Settle

Head coach Ron Rivera is staying with the Panthers, but at least one of his assistant coaches is leaving.

Running backs coach John Settle has been relieved of his duties, a league source said Tuesday.

The departure comes three days after Panthers owner Jerry Richardson met with Rivera and decided to retain him for a third season.

Rivera fired special teams coordinator Brian Murphy during the season and promoted assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott will be remain in their current roles, sources said.

But there likely will be additional staff changes following the Panthers' 7-9 season – their fourth in a row without a playoff berth.

Settle was part of Rivera's inaugural staff, hired shortly after Rivera succeeded John Fox in January 2011. He is believed to have a year remaining on his contract.

Settle, a Reidsville native and former Appalachian State and NFL running back, coached at Wisconsin before coming to Charlotte. His only previous NFL coaching experience was a 3-year stint with Cleveland that saw him move with the Browns to Baltimore in 1996.

Despite franchise rushing leader DeAngelo Williams getting benched and Jonathan Stewart missing seven games with ankle injuries in 2012, the Panthers finished ninth in the league in rushing with 130.5 yards a game. Of the eight teams ranked higher than Carolina in rushing, six made the playoffs.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 8, 2013 at 03:11 PM | Permalink


Sweet, how about a dang decision on the new GM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Jan 8, 2013 4:03:58 PM


Posted by: Nick | Jan 8, 2013 5:21:27 PM

Well, that makes sense. The O-line sucked, so fire the RB coach.

Posted by: Nate | Jan 8, 2013 5:48:59 PM


Posted by: joe cool | Jan 8, 2013 5:53:44 PM

Was Settles an alcoholic or something? Did he get caught teaching the secretary gap penetration? The reason for this firing is definitely not obvious. I mean it's not his fault Chud never used the RBs correctly, Newton had trouble with decision making on option plays, or the Oline couldn't block very well to start off the season.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 8, 2013 6:04:10 PM

John Settle is being made into a scapegoat. This just doesn't add up. Did they fire the waterboy too?

Posted by: Carolina Blue | Jan 8, 2013 6:27:31 PM

Excellent. All of our problems are solved now...

Posted by: JM | Jan 8, 2013 6:34:27 PM

The problem wasn't the RB coach; the problem was the head coach didn't demand that his weekly offensive game plan utilize a balanced attack. The pass-to-run ratio was so extremely skewed that it made no sense. Don't get angry with the RB coach; oversee the offensive game plan with greater focus Coach Rivera!

Posted by: AG | Jan 8, 2013 6:39:39 PM

Seeing as how we lost most of our games this season in the 4th quarter after being up the entire game i think the DC should have been fired and not the RB coach.

Posted by: CarolinaFan803 | Jan 8, 2013 9:45:32 PM

...I'm sorry, I must've missed something tell me again when Ron Rivera is getting replaced? #BILLCOWHER

Posted by: CJ Gassam | Jan 8, 2013 10:46:21 PM

This makes sense. The offensive coordinator calls awful plays at the worst times, and the RB coach is the one getting cut. And our coach just watched our play calling kill us for the entire season, and he's still employed. Perfect.

Posted by: Camnation | Jan 9, 2013 9:38:51 AM

this is odd, he wasnt the problem, its all about the play calling. i really hope panthers hire a GM with some attitude. the GM has to demand more out of the head coach, to use the players in place. it will be sad to see d-will go to another team, then run all over us.

Posted by: Aaron | Jan 9, 2013 3:49:43 PM

Unless Mr. Richardson has cataracts, he should be able to see that the RB coach isn't the issue, it's our inept OC, ill-strategy having DC and lets not forget the yellow stripe up his back Head Coach. Those are the main 3 reasons for this seasons failures. Let's not forget our talentless talent scouts. Mr Richardson, if you are such a great football owner, yet neglect to see the real issues, then just maybe you need to think about selling the team since you don't seem to want to put out good products to us, the fans.

Posted by: Ohpanth | Jan 9, 2013 6:09:53 PM

WHAT!!!!, fire the RB Coach, fire the Kicker, why is the Coach still here? I said all along, we should fire the Coach/DC,/QB Coach and start fresh next season. Why wait until it's too late in the season to see where the problems are? We the fans already see the problems, why can't Mr. Richardson see that? Mr Richardson listen to the fans. We should have won at least 10 games this pass season or more. Mr Richardson, I hope I wont have to say we told you next season.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Jan 9, 2013 7:15:45 PM

While the firing of Settle is a bit of a mystery, the HC/OC/DC should retain their roles. I understand the first month and a half of the season was pretty painful to watch, but I'm not ready to completely sell the staff up river because of it. It's pretty obvious Cam turned the corner around week 10, and I think Chud finally figured out the I-form is all this backfield really needs to succeed (maybe in part due to the injury to Stewart). Kuechly probably saved at least a couple guys skins, though the linebackers coach was still fired. Again, a total mystery. Yes, this team should have won at least 10 games this season, and it should win at least 10 next season. It's probably going to happen next season and everyone will forget all of this ever happend.

Posted by: Eric | Jan 10, 2013 12:07:02 AM

Agree. This makes no sense. We were 9th in the NFL in rushing with our #1 runner on IR in a pass happy offense with future star but currently inaccurate quarterback..... So, fire the running back coach. Hello!

Posted by: All Down Hill | Jan 10, 2013 5:02:00 PM

One more thing. In Settle's last game as running backs coach, his #2 running back had over 200 yards in rushing.... And you fire him. Brilliant!

Posted by: All Down Hill | Jan 10, 2013 5:06:25 PM

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