A Dream Come True: Panthers Defensive Coordinator Trgovac Out!

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2009

It's what every Panthers fan has been begging for.  Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac has changed his mind about staying with the team (and even signing a contract extension) in favor of going to Seattle to be the Seahawks' defensive coordinator. 

Since Trgovac's defense got lit up by the Arizona Cardinals (actually, it was mostly a two-man show put on by receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Kurt Warner) in a 2008 Divisional Playoff game, Panthers fans have been clamoring for his firing.

While things didn't go exactly the way fans had hoped (a brutal firing would have been the way many fans wanted to go), the important part of this news bulletin remains: Mike Trgovac is no longer the Carolina Panthers' defensive coordinator.  That's a dream come true for many Panthers fans.

Defensive backs coach Tim Lewis also opted out for Seattle. 

Panthers fans have long complained about how much space the cornerbacks give opposing receivers off the line of scrimmage when they played under Trgovac.  As a result, the Panthers were among the worst teams in the NFL at defending short passes.  Now that problem will be solved, no matter where it came from, whether it was Trgovac or Lewis.

Also, earlier this week linebackers coach Ken Flajole left to become the Rams' defensive coordinator under new head coach Steve Spagnuolo.