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Panthers Hire Snow As Defensive Coordinator

Jason Huber
January 20, 2020 - 12:23 pm

The Carolina Panthers have hired former Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow for the same role.

Snow, 64, has spent the last seven years with new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule at Temple and Baylor, respectively. 

"I haven't won a game as a head coach without (Snow) as my defensive coordinator," Rhule said. 

Snow takes over a Panthers defense that ranked 31st in points allowed and 23rd in yards allowed last season.

Rhule said he will make sure to put the players in the best position in Carolina, but prefers a 4-3 defense. 

"I've always leaned being four-down, you don't have to duplicate the players, but people win both ways," Rhule said. "We'll try to tailor to what our guys are doing and just try to make sure we have the right people to effectively get to the passer." 

Snow has spent the majority of his 44-year coaching career at the college level, but prior to working with Rhule beginning in 2013, Snow spent 2005-08 as the Detroit Lions defensive assistant and linebackers coach.

Last season, Baylor allowed the least amount of points per game at 19.1  in the Big 12, as the Bears moved in two years from 114th in scoring defense in 2017 to 18th last year.

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