sted in with the Panthers"Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Carolina Panthers are interviewing former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for an unidentified position on their coaching staff. The report mentions that the Panthers currently lack a secondary or defensive backs coach but does not directly attribute Pagano’s interview with that position.The Panthers would be an odd landing spot for Pagano for any number of reasons. First Cam Newton Jersey 2019 , he is currently in consideration by a number of teams that just hired a new head coach for the defensive coordinator position. This includes the Cleveland Browns with rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens, the Arizona Cardinals with the fresh-from-college Kliff Kingsbury, and the New York Jets with the retread Adam Gase. Taking a secondary job with the Panthers would certainly be a step down for a coach whose most recent job was as head coach of the Colts from 2012-2017.It is possible that Pagano is a surprise candidate for the defensive coordinator job. Eric Washington is a highly respected defensive line coach who the Panthers want to keep in effectively that position after a disappointing year in the coordinator role. There has been a lot of talk about Rivera taking over the defensive play calling while Washington continues in a reduced capacity while retaining the title of defensive coordinator. However, Rivera also gave his public support to his entire coaching staff the day before he fired Mike Shula in early 2018. He’s an unusual candidate from the Panthers perspective, as well. While he does have some loose ties to the region as a former assistant coach with both East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has never been on a coaching staff with Ron Rivera.Whether the Panthers are Pagano’s safety option or Carolina is performing a thorough search Blue Luke Kuechly Jersey , this interview marks a departure in at least the public face of their coaching searches. It is a welcome change to see the franchise look outside of its own network of contacts to interview qualified and experienced candidates. Eric Washington had a strong debut performance against the Cowboys. In his first game as defensive coordinator, he saw his defense stifle the Dallas offense, allowing only 232 yards and a single late touchdown. While Dallas will likely struggle offensively a lot this year, that doesn’t take away from the fact that only two teams gave up fewer yards and fewer points than the Panthers, and one of them was playing the Bills, so they don’t really count. This weekend’s test will be much tougher. The Panthers will hit the road for the first time this season to take on a Falcons offense that has all the pieces to be a dominant group. Last year Matt Ryan and friends finished the season 8th in total yards Luke Kuechly Jersey 2019 , proving that they’re capable of moving the ball. However, the Falcons finished the season just 15th in scoring thanks to their red zone struggles. Those red zone woes popped up again in the Falcons season opener in Philadelphia. They managed to work their way into the red zone five times and to the Philadelphia 25 yard line on a sixth occasion and only managed one single touchdown. That leads us to our keys to the game:Don’t get beat by the deep ball to Julio Jones or anyone else. Jones kicked off his 2018 campaign by hauling in 10 of 19 targets for 169 yards against a strong Eagles defense. He does most of his damage far away from the end zone but has the potential to take any catch to the house. Keeping the Falcons aforementioned red zone struggles in mind, the Panthers should take extra care to not give up any long touchdowns. Make the Falcons prove they can put the ball in the end zone from in close. Trust the front four to get to Matt Ryan. This one is tough. The Falcons have a good offensive line, so the temptation to blitz a lot to generate pressure will be there. But Ryan has been very good against pressure throughout his career, including last season when he posted the 7th best passer rating against the blitz. The pass rush getting to the quarterback is as important as always, but bringing extra players in to rush at the expense of the secondary plays right into one of Ryan’s strengths as a quarterback. Leave Julio Jones open in the end zone. Jones is apparently physically incapable of catching red zone touchdowns. I mean Blue Ryan Kalil Jersey , look at this:And watch this too:The Panthers almost certainly won’t have the same success this Sunday that they had in week one, but that’s okay. The Falcons offense is a tough one to match up against. The key will be for the defense to keep plays in front of them and count on the Falcons to collapse in the red zone like they have been for the past season plus.