Carolina Panthers: Ricky Proehl Leaves WRs for Family


The Carolina Panthers announced that wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl will be stepping down.

There had been some call for the Carolina Panthers to make changes to the offensive coaching staff since season’s end. Those calls were usually directed at offensive coordinator Mike Shula. They probably were not directed at wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl.

Yet it is Proehl who will be leaving the coaching staff. It is also true that Proehl’s job performance probably had nothing to do with his decision. Instead Proehl is going to spend more time with his college-aged sons while they are in college.

Austin Proehl plays for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He is the team’s leading returning receiver and will be important to the rebuild taking place in Chapel Hill for next season. This is part of a promise Proehl made to Austin about him becoming a starter: “I always told him [Austin] when he started at Chapel Hill that if he became a starter or an impact player, that I would walk away to come to all his games,” Proehl said according to

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Proehl’s other son Blake will be taking the field for the East Carolina Pirates as a freshman in the upcoming season as well.

No one wants to lose Proehl, but he has made enough money and he gets to take time off after a seventeen year playing career and his coaching tenure.

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So we release him to his family. He leaves behind a Panthers receiving corps that is well equipped with the likes of Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, and Corey Brown. Hopefully Ted Ginn will come back for another spin as well.

If the Panthers receivers were lacking something it was consistent top end speed. Ginn could do that, but he is not the 6’4” kind of guy the Panthers would desire doing that. Perhaps Benjamin will find an extra gear now that he has another year away from his injury under his belt.