Monday, January 31, 2011
By Bill Williamson
The Carolina Panthers are not bringing back running backs coach Jim Skipper. He said he had a chance to join the Denver Broncos’ staff in a to-be-determined role.
Skipper said the Broncos’ brass wanted new coach John Fox -- who came over from Carolina -- to keep running backs Coach Eric Studesville, who did an admirable job as interim coach after Josh McDaniels was fired. Instead of going to Denver, Skipper said he will likely wait until next year for a job or retire. He was close with free agent Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams and Williams said Skipper’s future with the Panthers would play a role if he wanted to return.
Williams is also close to Fox and he could be interested in joining him. Fox likes to run the ball and he could be interested in pairing Williams with Knowshon Moreno.
Longtime Denver scout Cornell Green was named the AFC scout of the year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Green has been with Denver for 25 years.