Alright, McDermott, when I wished you the best, I didn't mean the best of OUR STAFF
The Carolina Panthers have lost one assistant coach to Buffalo this offseason, and now have another coach talking to the Bills.
Carolina quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey interviewed Wednesday with former Panthers defensive coordinator and new Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott for the Bills' offensive coordinator position, according to an NFL source.
Former Jacksonville offensive coordinator Greg Olson is expected to interview with the Bills on Thursday, the Buffalo News reported.
Dorsey, 35, just finished his fourth season in Charlotte, where he worked with Cam Newton during his MVP season of 2015. Newton took a step back this past season with career lows in several passing categories, prompting Panthers coach Ron Rivera to say the team needs to evolve its offense this offseason with Newton's future in mind.
Dorsey and offensive coordinator Mike Shula would lead that process if Dorsey isn't hired in Buffalo.
Dorsey joined Rivera's staff in 2013 after working as a Panthers pro scout for two years.
Prior to the Panthers, Dorsey served as an instructor alongside former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in Florida. Newton worked out at IMG prior to the 2011 draft and during the lockout that same year.
Dorsey, a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, led Miami to the 2001 national championship and is the winningest quarterback in school history with a 38-2 record as a starter.
The Panthers already are down two assistants.
Rivera needs to hire a secondary coach to replace Steve Wilks, who succeeded McDermott as coordinator, and a receivers coach after Ricky Proehl stepped down this week to spend more time following his sons' college football careers.
Kalil and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, through their Mortal Media producing company, are teaming with Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC comedy “Black-ish,” on the project. Barris will write the script as part of a film deal with Fox. All three will serve as producers.
Kalil and Griffin’s Mortal Media is building an active portfolio, which includes a remake of “The Rocketeer” and an NBC comedy.
“Black-ish,” one of TV’s most acclaimed comedies, counts Emmy and Golden Globe nominations among its latest honors. Actor Tracee Ellis Ross won the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
Kalil’s most recent Panthers season ended with him on injured reserve after the five-time Pro Bowler reinjured his shoulder in a Nov. 17 win against New Orleans.
“White Men Can’t Jump” starred Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as a pair of streetball hustlers who join forces to increase their take. The 16th highest grossing movie of 1992, “White Men Can’t Jump” scores a solid 76% at review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, good enough for a top-tier “Certified Fresh” rating.
Hmm.... I just posted about this kid day before yesterday.
In his Mock 1.0, Kiper predicted the Panthers would dip into a deep crop of running backs and take LSU workhorse Leonard Fournettewith the eighth pick.
“This is really the first spot I see that could be a good fit for Fournette, barring a trade up. He’s a special athlete with an incredible combination of size (6-1, 235), speed and power, but he won’t get a grade as high as I gave Ezekiel Elliott last year. Elliott went No. 4 in 2016, but backs have been devalued in recent years – he was the only back taken in the first round. Jonathan Stewart turns 30 this year and averaged only 3.8 yards per carry in 2016.”
Obviously, a lot can happen over the next four months. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman sets his draft board based on what he does (or doesn’t do) in free agency.
But for a team looking to evolve its offense to keep quarterback Cam Newton from taking so many hits, drafting a big, powerful like Fournette to pair with Stewart for a season makes a lot of sense.
Fournette is the first back off Kiper’s board – four spots ahead of Florida State’s Dalvin Cook (12 to the Browns).
Kiper has the Panthers taking Fournette one pick after the L.A. Chargers (that’ll take some getting used to) select Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson – the presumptive best player at a need position for Carolina.
Some scouts and analysts favor Cook over Fournette because of the Florida State star’s electric playmaking skills.
The Observer will being take a long look at the Fournette-or-Cook debate – likely several times – in the days ahead. We have four months to do so.
I know we need a serious long-term solution at OT, but if this kid, who is often referred to as "freakish" is there (He's projected as a top ten pick and a need for the Panthers), should we pull the trigger?
Think a younger and FASTER Deangelo Williams I'm telling you, this kid is going to be a STAR for somebody.