The Panthers have their first offensive coordinator candidate lined up for an interview, but it's someone who already knows coach Ron Rivera well.
San Diego assistant head coach/TEs Rob Chudzinski received permission to interview with the Panthers Wednesday, the same day he was talking to Miami about the Dolphins vacant OC job.
The 42-year-old is a respected offensive mind, and former player who could diversify the Panthers passing game.
He's been offensive coordinator in Cleveland (2007-08) as well as at the University of Miami (2001-03), where he played tight end on two national championship teams.
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The Panthers are expected to interview other candidates as well, as they had researched a number of possibilities before deciding on Rivera as head coach.
-- Darin Gantt