Panthers coming close to completing coaching staff

The Carolina Panthers continued to fill out their coaching staff today when Warren Belin was named linebackers coach and John Settle was hired as the running backs coach.

Belin comes to the NFL after spending last season with the Georgia Bulldogs. Prior to that, he was at Vanderbilt for eight seasons where he worked with several future NFL players, including Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer.

Settle also makes the jump from the NCAA ranks. He spent the last four seasons at the University of Wisconsin, which annually has one of the best power rushing attacks in the nation. He does have NFL experience having spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens from 1995 to 1998. He’s a six-year NFL veteran, having played for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins. He was a member of the Redskins’ Super Bowl XXVI championship team.

There had been some speculation Dave McGinnis could join the Panthers as linebackers coach. He has a close relationship with head coach Ron Rivera, but McGinnis could be in position to stay in Tennessee and likely would want a title that includes assistant head coach.

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