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Panthers hire D-line coach

1/31/2011

Carolina coach Ron Rivera continues to fill out his staff. His latest hire is defensive line coach Eric Washington.

After spending most of his career coaching in the college ranks, Washington joined the Chicago Bears as defensive line coach last season. He'll take over a Carolina defensive line that showed some promise from young players last season.

Defensive end Charles Johnson, who is not under contract for next season, emerged as a force and had 11.5 sacks. The Panthers also have high hopes for defensive end Greg Hardy, but need to improve the interior of the line.