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January 25, 2013

Panthers hire Al Holcomb as linebackers coach

After a week of in-house promotions and familiar hirings, the Panthers have tabbed New York Giants defensive assistant Al Holcomb as the new linebackers coach, a source confirmed Friday evening.

Holcomb interviewed with the team on Thursday, and he's the third known candidate to have interviewed for the position vacated when Warren Belin was fired earlier this month. The hire was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Holcomb is the first Panthers' position coach hired in the past two weeks who did not have ties to the organization. The offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, special teams coordinator and receivers coach were all promoted from within the club. Jim Skipper, the team's former running backs coach, was brought back last week after being fired by the Titans.

Former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and former Panthers linebacker coach Bill Davis were also interviewed for the job.

Holcomb has never been a position coach in the NFL. He was a low-level assistant for four seasons with the Giants, the organization with which new Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman spent a decade and a half.  

He inherits a linebacking corps that includes Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, James Anderson and Luke Kuechly, who led the league in tackles in the 2012 season. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on January 25, 2013 at 06:46 PM | Permalink


Great Hire!

Posted by: Dee | Jan 25, 2013 7:05:05 PM

Just seems natural to sign VanGorder above, who was a Def. Coord. in ATL. OMG; he would know atlanta's team top to bottom but also da saints & Bucs! Except now he'd have talent to get his scheme to work! He must've stunk in the interview!
TheCatman HOF 2004 Super Fan!

Posted by: TheCatman | Jan 25, 2013 7:55:22 PM

All praise to thecatman ...one of the true great Panther fans!

Posted by: Scott | Jan 25, 2013 8:26:25 PM

so...why do you fire a coach who's linebackers lead the league in tackles last year?

Posted by: terron | Jan 25, 2013 8:27:36 PM

Don't really know much about this guy. he has never been a position coach. that just seems a little alarming to me. he is from the giants so that would seem to give him a little credibility coming from a winning organization. could someone tell me a little more about him? do you guys think this a good hire?

Posted by: pantherfan13 | Jan 25, 2013 8:31:50 PM

Wont know if its a good hire until mid season............ we'll see.

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jan 25, 2013 8:35:36 PM

It was his idea not to start Luke in the middle from the start of training camp! That got him fired!

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 25, 2013 9:46:37 PM

Terron, The teams linebackers didn't lead in tackles, Kuechly did.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

Posted by: Dick Butkus | Jan 25, 2013 10:14:20 PM

@ joe: that may be true, Luke Keuchly proved to be a great pick up. But overall the Panthers linebacking played pretty solid this year and didn't see the need for a change a the coaching position. Waiting to see what they'll do with Beason now that he's pretty much expendable IMO

Posted by: terron | Jan 26, 2013 4:25:23 AM

Here is a good article about Mr. Holcomb

Posted by: Kemp Bonner | Jan 26, 2013 9:26:02 AM

This is a must win season for Rivera. We should trust him that this is a decision that will build a better team. I notice that the talent source for the team is switching from the Chargers to the Giants since Accorsi showed up. Bet we get some players and make some draft moves with them next.

Posted by: Sports don | Jan 26, 2013 9:50:09 AM

its obvious to me that no coaches from outside the organization want to be associated with our coaching staff....they know that if our team is unsucessful, then they are out next year...

Posted by: MoeInMd | Jan 26, 2013 10:59:27 AM

@ MoeInMd - That is true at any NFL team, why would the Carolina Panthers being any different..?

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Jan 26, 2013 5:39:07 PM

@ Sports don - The idea of hiring people that you have worked with in the past, is across any sport, or business. Every time I have changed jobs, I have always reached out to former co-workers to see if they were available to come work with me. Sports are no different, a lot of coaches even bring family with them when they change teams. Marty Shottenheimer his son, Norv Turner his son, Mike Shanahan his son..

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Jan 26, 2013 5:48:00 PM

Our team has so much talent. Two years running have the rookie of the year on both sides of the ball. We have two all pro caliber backs and the best fullback in the league(in my opinion) with a top receiver and tight end. Not to mention the most dangerous qb in the league and murphy and lafell are no slackers. Then defense brings two all pro caliber def ends w/ 4 linebackers that could lead any team in the nfk in tackling.Our secondary needs help but theyre playing good. We have more talent than many playoff teams..ex...minnesota, washington,chicago...etc. Our problem is in coaching all this talent.

Posted by: panthersallday | Feb 3, 2013 3:50:23 PM

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