As the Panthers' coaching search kicks into gear and the dust settles from Jerry Richardson's rare press conference Tuesday, here are 3 random Panther thoughts:
1) Thank goodness a Ryan is getting involved in the Panthers' coaching search. Rob Ryan will get a look from the Panthers, whose four known candidates are all current NFL defensive coordinators. Wow, way to think out of the box, guys. Actually, though, Ryan is thinking a bit out of the box -- given the way Rex and Buddy do things, you just know Rob would be fun.
2) If you missed my final column on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck -- whom the Panthers plan to take with the No.1 pick if he comes out -- you can find it here. I analyze Luck in the column and predict that Luck will ultimately come out, but I'm not at all sure about that. On the other hand, I'm very sure Jim Harbaugh isn't coming back to coach Stanford, which I think will help Luck make up his mind to leave.
3) I wonder if Panther president Danny Morrison has ever been at a press conference before and never been asked a question. Richardson joked during the conference that Morrison's free pass with the Panthers is over because he's now involved in the coaching search -- but with Richardson holding court, it lasted at least one more day. I doubt Morrison minded, though.
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