The Panthers have added two more coaches this week, seemingly rounding out their 2022 coaching staff.
Steve Wilks is back as secondary coach/pass game coordinator. He was a member of the Ron Rivera staff for a combined six seasons – five as DB coach, one as defensive coordinator. He helped develop young stars such as Josh Norman and James Bradberry, while also getting the most out of career backups such as Colin Jones, Robert McClain, Drayton Florence, Melvin White, and slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn. This extensive track record of success with veterans and rookie alike was likely a key factor in his hiring, as the 2022 Panthers figure to have a mixture of both.
On the defensive line, the team has added Paul Pasqualoni, a forty year coaching veteran who was most recently the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions. He’s 72 years old, making him a curious choice to lead a position group predominately comprised of men under the age of 25. On the surface, this feels like cronyism hire, as Pasqualoni’s ties to Penn State likely forged a relationship with Phil Snow and Matt Rhule. Hopefully – for the sake of Rhule and Panther fans who want a watchable product – he’s up for the task, as the development of Briam Burns, Derrick Brown, and Yetur Gross-Matos is paramount to the team’s success.
Time will tell.
One thing we can assume is that none of these coaches changes will matter if the team can’t find a quarterback.