Panthers Complete Coaching Staff Hires

The Carolina Panthers filled out their coaching staff by promoting from within and bringing back one former coach…

In preparing for the upcoming 2017 Carolina Panthers season the first issue of importance was filling in vacancies left by various coaching moves early in the offseason. Former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and secondary coach Steve Wilks was named his replacement.

Continuing to promote from within defensive assistant Curtis Fuller has been named the new secondary coach for Carolina. Fuller has been with the Panthers during each of the last three seasons working alongside Wilks.

Before coming to Charlotte, Fuller served as the assistant secondary coach of the Tennessee Titans for one season. However, it wasn’t his first trip to the Queen City. While a player, Fuller suited up for the Panthers during the 2004 season.

The announcement of Fuller’s promotion left the wide receiver coaching position vacated by Ricky Proehl available. Carolina will be replacing Proehl with Stanford running back coach, Lance Taylor. After spending three seasons coaching Christian McCaffrey, a possible Panthers’ pick during the NFL Draft, Taylor is returning to Carolina.

Prior to coaching at Stanford, Taylor served as an assistant receivers coach for the Panthers in 2013. Prior he filled in various roles for three seasons as a part of the New York Jets organization.

Finally, Carolina hired former Rams assistant Jeff Imamura as assistant defensive backs and nickel corner coach. Imamura spent time previously with the Minnesota Vikings before working in college and with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams franchise.

Imamura fills the opening vacated by Fuller’s promotion, completing the coaching staff for the upcoming 2017 season.

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