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Carolina Panthers Hire Bruce DeHaven, Lance Taylor to Complete Coaching Staff

February 6th, 2013 at 7:15 PM
By Jesse Collin

After several tumultuous weeks filled with firings, hirings, departures and promotions, the Carolina Panthers 2013 coaching staff is finally complete.

The team put the finishing touches on the remade staff on Tuesday, hiring the well-traveled Bruce DeHaven and former Appalachian State assistant Lance Taylor, according to the Charlotte Observer.

DeHaven, who has coached 26 years with five different NFL teams, will assist special teams coordinator Richard Rodgers, who was promoted from an interim basis last month. DeHaven  most recently served as the Bills special teams coach from 2010-2012. Under his direction last season, Buffalo was the league's best punt return unit and fourth-best kickoff return unit. DeHaven, along with the rest of the Bills coaching staff, was given his pink slip following the 2012 season.

Taylor, who was Appalachian State's receivers coach in 2009, will be Carolina's offensive quality control coach and assistant receivers coach. He is a former walk-on at Alabama, where he played 38 straight games for the Crimson Tide and served as a team captain as a senior in 2003 – when Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula was the Crimson Tide's head coach. Taylor also spent three seasons as an offensive quality control coach and assistant tight ends coach with the New York Jets.

Other news:  The Panthers signed offensive lineman Justin Wells to a future contract, according to the Charlotte Observer. Wells was undrafted out of St. Augustine's in Raleigh in 2011, and tried out with Carolina at the team's rookie camp last May.

 

 

Tags: Bruce DeHaven, Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Football, Justin Wells, Lance Taylor, Mike Shula, NFL, Richard Rodgers

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