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Panthers hire Evero as defensive coordinator

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The Carolina Panthers hired Ejiro Evero as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced Sunday.

He held the same role with the Denver Broncos but was let out of his contract following the arrival of head coach Sean Payton. Evero was a head coaching candidate for both the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts, while the Minnesota Vikings were eyeing him for their defensive coordinator position.

Carolina was previously believed to be targeting Vic Fangio, who ultimately joined the Miami Dolphins.

Evero adds to a new-look Panthers staff led by former Colts head coach Frank Reich, who beat out last season's interim coach Steve Wilks for the job.

Evero's defense was one of the lone bright spots for Denver amid a disappointing season. The unit finished seventh in total defense and 14th in points allowed.

The 42-year-old previously held coaching roles with the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Panthers hire Evero as defensive coordinator
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