The Panthers continued to set their new coaching staff on Monday and reportedly have agreed to a deal with former Chargers assistant head coach/tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski to be their offensive coordinator.
PFW correspondent and Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald writer Darin Gantt reported that the Panthers are just waiting for a contract to be finalized.
Chudzinski also interviewed with the Dolphins, who reportedly have hired Brian Daboll to handle play-calling duties for next season. Chudzinski was an offensive coordinator with the Browns from 2007-08 and with the University of Miami from 2001-03.
Rivera and Chudzkinski were with each other in San Diego last season, making it an easy hire for Rivera, who also brought in Sean McDermott as defensive coordinator. Rivera worked with McDermott in Philadelphia.
The Panthers announced that Brian Murphy will be the team's special-teams coordinator. He had the same position with the Vikings last season. They also announced that defensive assistants Ron Meeks and Sam Mills III will return.
The way we see it
It has been a busy day in Carolina for Rivera as he sets up his staff. Gantt pointed out that in Chudzinski and McDermott, the Panthers will have a very young top of the coaching staff. Rivera said that he wants more out of the tight end position in Carolina and Chudzinski, who worked with Antonio Gates in San Diego, should help with that.