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Skipper's out in Carolina, Williams next?

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08:03 AM ET 01.31 | Jim Skipper, a holdover from John Fox's staff in Carolina, had been considered for a role with Ron Rivera but has been let go. Skipper said Sunday that Rivera called him to break the news, but that he wasn't surprised by it. "It's disappointing, but I knew it when I went in for the interview," Skipper said. "This was a courtesy thing, and the only reason they did it was because the players spoke up for me." ... The Panthers' backs had waged a bit of a lobbying effort on Skipper's behalf, trying to keep the coach who helped them to success. Free agent-to-be DeAngelo Williams said in late November keeping Skipper would go a long way toward convincing him to stay, and Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrell Sutton each took to Twitter to express their support.

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January 31, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Well with Goodson looking pretty solid last season and Stewart definately has the ability to be an every down back... this is pretty whatever really.

January 31, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Gilligan!

January 31, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Williams is pretty solid and I'd like to see him in New England, but I doubt they would give him the big bucks

January 31, 2011  10:54 AM ET

Ahoy Skipper. Just as well. That boat is sinking fast!

January 31, 2011  11:39 AM ET

Carolina has a football team?

January 31, 2011  02:25 PM ET

Tennessee has a football team Commodore Fan?

January 31, 2011  02:26 PM ET

shut it

January 31, 2011  02:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Carolina has a football team?

Tennessee has a football team?

January 31, 2011  02:47 PM ET

I like how Rivera handled this: face to face. The position coach didn't have to hear about it on ESPN or the radio first.

January 31, 2011  03:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Tennessee has a football team?

LOL! 3 whole comments and two are duplicates. Reminds me of the Panthers. 1 step forward and two steps back.

January 31, 2011  06:15 PM ET

Just keep your dirty hands off of Tice. We need him for at least one more year!!! Go BEARS!!!

January 31, 2011  10:26 PM ET

And the train wreck that will be the Ron Rivera era begins. *sigh*

Guess it's time to scouting the top college prospects for the next couple of years.

February 1, 2011  08:22 AM ET

yy

February 1, 2011  08:26 AM ET

in the article about tv ratings they called jon beason a cleveland player on his int for a td thats the respect the panthers get they would not call ray lewis a rams player!

February 1, 2011  07:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

LOL! 3 whole comments and two are duplicates. Reminds me of the Panthers. 1 step forward and two steps back.

Not so much duplicates, just a question that begged to be repeated. A lot of us out here have respect for our Panthers. Go Carolina!!!

 
February 2, 2011  07:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

LOL! 3 whole comments and two are duplicates. Reminds me of the Panthers. 1 step forward and two steps back.

Actually reminds me more of the Titans.

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