Panthers' Defensive Line Coach Sunseri Departing for 'Bama

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

According to a post Charlotte Observer reporter Charles Chandler entered in a blog he shares with two other Observer reporters, Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Sal Sunseri has left the team to become linebackers coach at the University of Alabama. 

Sunseri, who had been with the team since 2002, is the second position coach to leave the team in the past three days.  Quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy took a job as offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos last Saturday.

While Sunseri's replacement is not yet known, the Panthers should look for someone who can develop young talent.  Carolina has four backups on the defense line—Charles Johnson, Nick Hayden, Hilee Taylor, and Darwin Walker—who are either young and undeveloped or more tenured or underdeveloped.

Even starting defensive end Tyler Brayton seems somewhat underdeveloped, and could be mentored. 

It would be a good idea for the Panthers to hire a coach who can develop each of these guys to their maximum potential, and it would be nice if the new coach could do it fast too.