CHARLOTTE — New Panthers head coach Frank Reich has landed his first official addition to his coaching staff, and that’s a big deal.
The team agreed to terms on Sunday with Ejiro Evero to be Reich’s defensive coordinator.
Evero, 42, was the Broncos’ defensive coordinator last season.
He previously coached with the Rams, Packers, 49ers and Buccaneers after playing college ball as a safety at Cal Davis.
The Broncos ranked seventh in the league in total defense last season and 14th in points allowed for a team that finished 5-12.
In 2021, when Evero was a secondary coach and passing game coordinator for the Rams, they tied for third with 19 interceptions en route to a Super Bowl title.
Evero was interviewed for the head coaching job here (one of nine candidates) and has influences that tie him to Reich and the Panthers.
Dom Capers, the Panthers’ original head coach (when Reich was the starting quarterback for the first three games), was a senior defensive assistant on Evero’s staff last season in Denver. And Evero spent four years on the 49ers team with Vic Fangio, the Panthers’ initial defensive coordinator on that 1995 team.