Carolina Panthers hire former Georgia football assistant coach

North Carolina Tar Heels tight end coach John Lilly is headed to the NFL.

Lilly will be the tight ends coach for the Carolina Panthers under offensive coordinator Thomas Brown and head coach Frank Reich.

There have been a lot of college football coaches bolting for the NFL this offseason including former Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

Why did Thomas Brown and Frank Reich hire former Georgia tight end coach John Lilly?

 Lilly has worked with Brown previously. The two worked together in Athens during the 2011 and 2015 football seasons.

Lilly coached at Georgia under head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo,

 as the tight ends coach and offensive special teams coordinator from 2008-2015.

In 2016, Lilly was the tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Rams. After taking 2017 off,

 Lilly joined Jeremy Pruitt’s staff in Knoxville as Tennessee’s Executive Assistant to Head Coach.


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