Panthers hiring longtime former NFL quarterback Josh McCown as QB coach

Journeyman Josh McCown’s NFL career continues, this time as a coach.

The Carolina Panthers are hiring McCown as their quarterbacks coach, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Friday. The team later announced a hiring along with Dom Capers as a senior defensive assistant.

McCown, who will work under head coach Frank Reich, has long been interested in coaching in the league. Despite his lack of experience, he was interviewed for the Texans’ head coach position in 2021 before Houston hired David Calley, and again in 2022 before Lovie Smith landed the job.

The former quarterback played for nine teams in his career, including two years with the Carolinas from 2008 to 2009. He retired in 2019 at the age of 40 with 17,731 career passing yards, 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions.

Whether it’s a QB already on the roster like Matt Corral, Sam Darnold or PJ Walker, or a starter yet to be acquired, McCown will be entrusted with reinforcing a position that has frustrated the Panthers in recent years.


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