Panthers owner Jerry Richardson met with the local media yesterday and spoke about what he is looking for in a new coach and what they will do with that number one pick.
On a new coach Richardson said that the Panthers have asked and received permission to talk to New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera:
“I think most of the playoffs teams have hired assistant coaches that have become head coaches. I’m not sure of that, but I think that’s probably the case. I happen to know that’s the case with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
On that number one pick, Richardson expects to keep it saying:
“We’re looking for someone that can be a topflight player and hopefully make us a better team. And I have no doubt if you have the first pick, we’re likely to do that.”
It’s a long time to the draft and I cannot see the Panthers keeping it unless they feel that Jimmy Clausen is not an NFL quarterback. I feel he can be, which is why I expect the Panthers to trade out of the first spot and pick up some additional picks (players) that the team desperately needs.