Head coaches with job openings attract a crowd at the Senior Bowl.
Such is the case this week for Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who has at least three vacancies on his staff – linebackers coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control assistant. Rivera also could hire an assistant special teams coach after making Richard Rodgers the special teams coordinator last week.
The Panthers met with Bill Davis on Monday about the linebackers position, a league source said.
Davis coached outside linebackers under Dom Capers during the Panthers' first four seasons of existence.
Davis, who has been a defensive coordinator in Arizona and San Francisco, spent the past two seasons in Cleveland. Jacksonville linebackers coach Mark Duffner interviewed with the Panthers last week before deciding to stay with the Jaguars under new coach Gus Bradley.
Former Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, who ran the Atlanta Falcons' defense from 2008 to 2011, also is expected to meet with the Panthers.
Small school, big dreams: Wideout Aaron Mellette is the first Elon player to be selected for the Senior Bowl, but the Sanford native believes he's on equal footing with the receivers from bigger schools this week.
"At the end of the day, all of us are getting analyzed the same way, regardless if you're the top (player) here at you're position or you're not," Mellette said. "We're all on a equal playing field. So if those guys don't come to play, then they're going to get written off, as well."
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Carolina Panthers' coach Ron Rivera is popular at Senior Bowl
Charlotte Observer | Jan 22