Panthers hire Evero as new defensive coordinator

by: STEVE REED, Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms on Sunday with Ejiro Evero to be their new defensive coordinator.

Evero, 42, was the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos last season and was one of nine candidates to interview for the Panthers head coach job before owner David Tepper hired Frank Reich.

The Broncos ranked seventh in the league in total defense in 2022 under Evero and finished 14th in points allowed. Evero previously worked as a secondary coach for the Broncos before being promoted to coordinator.

He also has coaching experience with the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Steve Wilks was Carolina’s defensive coordinator to start the 2022 season, but was later promoted to interim head coach after Matt Rhule was fired. Al Holcomb took over as interim defensive coordinator and remained in that role for the remainder of the season.

Carolina’s defense, led by defensive end Brian Burns and safety Jeremy Chinn, was 22nd in the league last season in yards allowed per game and allowed 19th most points in the league, but the defense is generally considered the strength of a team that finished 7-10.

Evero has ties to Carolina.

Dom Capers, who served as Carolina’s first head coach, was a senior defensive assistant on Evero’s staff last season in Denver. Evero also spent four years on the 49ers team under Vic Fangio, the Panthers’ defensive coordinator from 1995 to 1998 under Capers.


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