Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule fills out remainder of coaching staff

Carolina Panthers’ Matt Rhule fills out remainder of coaching staff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers coach Matt Rhule has filled out the remainder of his coaching staff with a mix of coaches with NFL and college backgrounds.

Eleven of the coaches hired Friday previously worked for Rhule while he was at Baylor.

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The Panthers have named Jake Peetz as quarterbacks coach after he spent the 2019 season as the Panthers’ running backs coach, helping Christian McCaffrey put together a historic season. He brings 10 years of NFL experience to the table. Matt Lombardi will be the assistant quarterbacks coach after spending time with the Miami Dolphins and working as part of Rhule’s staff at Baylor.

Jeff Nixon was named the running backs coach after spending the last three seasons as Rhule’s co-offensive coordinator at Baylor. Before that, he spent 10 years coaching in the NFL. Brian Angelichio will be the tight ends coach and brings over 25 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience to the Panthers.

Frisman Jackson has been named the wide receivers coach after spending the past two seasons in the same role on Rhule’s staff at Baylor. Pat Meyer will be the offensive line coach and brings 20 years of collegiate and NFL coaching experience to the Carolinas. Marcus Satterfield will be the assistant offensive line coach after serving as the tight ends coach at Baylor, Baylor’s director of recruiting in 2018 and worked as Rhule’s offensive coordinator at Temple University. E.J. Barthel was named an offensive assistant and worked under Rhule in 2016 at Temple University as director of on-campus recruiting and player personnel.

Al Holcomb returns to Carolina and will be the defensive run game coordinator. He previously coached the Panthers’ linebackers from 2013 to 2017 and helped Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis become two of the league’s best. Mike Phair will coach the defensive line and Frank Okam will be the assistant defensive line coach after serving the last two seasons in the same position at Baylor with Rhule.

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Mike Siravo will be the linebackers coach after spending the last three years working with Rhule at Baylor as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. He also served in the same position under Rhule at Temple for four years. Jason Simmons will be the defensive pass game coordinator and secondary coach while Evan Cooper will coach the cornerbacks after serving under Rhule at Baylor and Temple.

Cedric Whitaker and Grant Udiski will serve as coaching assistants after working with Rhule at Baylor.

Ed Foley has been hired as the team’s assistant special teams coach. He was an analyst at Baylor University in 2019 and held a variety of roles at Temple University for 11 years. Jeremy Scott will be the strength and conditioning coach after serving in the same position for the last seven years at both Baylor and Temple with Rhule.

Matthew Delgado will be an assistant to the head coach after spending the last three seasons with Rhule at Baylor and Temple.

"When you get to the National Football League, this is the best of the best," Rhule said. "You have to be somebody who can help players play better. We wanted a good mix on our staff of youth and experience, with coaches from all different backgrounds. And at the end of it all, they have to be great teachers. We've searched high and low to find that quality."

Rhule previously announced coordinators Joe Brady (offense), Phil Snow (defense) and Chase Blackburn (special teams).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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