The Panthers have found their new special teams coordinator. According to ESPN’s David Newton (via Twitter), the Panthers have hired Chris Tabor to be their new ST coordinator. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter), Tabor is inking a three-year deal.
The Panthers fired Chase Blackburn earlier this month, opening a spot on the coaching staff. The organization previously offered the job to current Giants ST coordinator Thomas McGaughey, “but the two sides could not agree on a contract”. The team has since conducted two interviews with Tabor.
The 51-year-old has been the Bears ST coordinator over the past four years. During his stint in Chicago, the Bears have had four-straight return specialists make the Pro Bowl (Tarik Cohen, Cordarrelle Patterson twice, and Jakeem Grant). Tabor previously served as the Browns ST coordinator for seven years.
Tabor also got a shot at being a HC earlier this season when he filled in for Matt Nagy in Chicago. The Bears lost that late-October contest to the 49ers.