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Carolina Panthers Hire New York Giants Defensive Assistant Al Holcomb as Linebackers Coach

January 26th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Dan Benton

The Carolina Panthers have made it official, announcing the hire of Al Holcomb, who has spent the last four years with the New York Giants, as their next linebackers coach.

'09-13-08 Panthers Game 075' photo (c) 2008, Matt Trostle - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Holcomb interviewed with the Panthers on Thursday and was hired less than 24 hours later by another former Giant, Dave Gettleman, who was recently hired as Carolina's new General Manager.

In addition to Holcomb, the Panthers also met with Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis. Davis also had a history with the Giants, having served as their linebackers coach in 2004.

Holcomb, who joined the Giants in 2009 as their defensive quality control coach after interning with the New York Jets in 2007 as part of the NFL's minority internship program, was promoted to defensive assistant to Perry Fewell in 2011 and helped the team to a Super Bowl XLVI victory.

Prior to entering the NFL, Holcomb was a defensive coach for several smaller Pennsylvania college teams, including Lafayette, Kutztown University and Bloomsburg, who played for the Division II National Championship in 2000.

This will now open the floodgates for a large number of fans to demand the Giants immediately hire Steve Spagnulo to fill the void. It's not going to happen, but it will certainly be suggested … over and over and over again.

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4 Responses to “Carolina Panthers Hire New York Giants Defensive Assistant Al Holcomb as Linebackers Coach”

  1.  kujo says:

    Surprised norm wasn’t immediately notified about that previous thread about Pascoe.

  2.  giantsou812 says:

    Great now we have room for spags

  3.  Dirt says:

    Now that we’ve resigned the Bear, our worries about resigning free agents has been put to rest and we can finally focus on the draft

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Seriously, though, knowing Pascoe is signing for $600K does help because he is depth at both tight end and fullback. It also means it is highly unlikely that any tight end is going to be drafted as that position, with Robinson almost certainly ready to contribute in 2013, drops to the near-bottom of “needs weighting” on Reese’s board.

    Anyone know the story with Buddy Jackson? I was told by a friend’s son, who is a scout, that he really wowed a lot of evaluators at his Pro Day. There must be an “issue” of some sort with him. But I like that signing if that issue is not a great big deal.

    I know everyone assumes that all of these reserve deals are intended to just create camp fodder, but I don’t agree. Some who say that are the same folks who thought it was meaningless when they signed Brown and Hill last off-season. I was really excited about Hill, but readily admit I didn’t think much about Brown. This year, though, especially with the cap situation, I think they are looking for some of the signed players to make the team and be very cheap roster additions.

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