Trgovac admits he wasn't comfy in Carolina

February, 9, 2009
2/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Former Carolina defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac spoke with the Wisconsin media and elaborated a little bit on his departure from the Panthers.

Carolina had offered Trgovac a new contract to stay, but he backed out of that and, curiously, took a job as Green Bay's defensive line coach. Trgovac said he wanted to be a position coach right now.

Here is the most interesting of what Trgovac had to say:

"My goal is to someday be a coordinator again," Trgovac said. "I don't want to want to do that right now. One of the things that my wife said to me, if you work for a defensive head coach it is a little bit harder than when you work for an offensive head coach. She said, 'You haven't seemed happy the last year.'

"When she said that to me, it just made me realize that my kids are growing up and maybe I was taking my work home with me. That's why I wanted to just take a step back and coach a position again. That's one of the things you miss as a coordinator, just the day-to-day interaction that you have with one specific position group. I wanted to get back into that again."

I think that part about not seeming happy the last year is very telling. It's been common knowledge for a long time that head coach John Fox has extensive influence over Carolina's defense. I've said it before and I'll say it again, maybe all those people who have been pointing the finger at Trgovac when Carolina's defense struggled were pointing at the wrong guy.

Hmm, anybody think defensive end Julius Peppers, another unhappy Carolina camper, could end up reunited with Trgovac and playing in the 3-4 defense in Green Bay?

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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