Ron Rivera is a big fan of continuity, and on Thursday, he continued that trend.
The Carolina Panthers’ head coach officially promoted Curtis Fuller to defensive backs coach and brought back Lance Taylor to lead the receivers.
Fuller, whose four-year playing career ended with the Panthers in 2004, joined Steve Wilks‘ secondary staff in 2013. With Wilks moving to defensive coordinator, Fuller will now head the DBs.
“To learn under Steve — a guy that’s well respected in this league — some of the techniques, the coverages and how he does things was invaluable to me. It allowed me to grow in the role I was in,” Fuller told the team’s website.
“Steve laid an awesome foundation, and we’re not going to tear up any foundations. We’re just going to put another brick on the foundation.”
To replace Fuller, the Panthers named Jeff Imamura assistant defensive backs/nickels coach. Imamura, who’s spent time in both the college and NFL ranks, is heading into his 20th year of coaching.
Taylor, meanwhile, replaces Ricky Proehl, who resigned from his receivers post two weeks ago.
Taylor was originally with the Panthers in 2013 as Proehl’s assistant. Taylor then spent the past three years as Stanford’s running backs coach.