Ray Brown, who has four years of NFL coaching experience and played 20 NFL seasons at guard and tackle, has been named the Panthers assistant offensive line coach. He will work with offensive line coach John Matsko, who joined the team last week.
Brown, 48, served in the same capacity for the San Francisco 49ers last year after being the assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills for two seasons from 2008-09. He spent the second half of the 2006 campaign as a special assistant on the Washington Redskins coaching staff, working with the offensive linemen.
Originally an eighth-round draft choice (201st overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986 from Arkansas State, Brown played in 265 games with 202 starts with four different franchises - Cardinals (1986-88), Redskins (1989-95, 2004-05), 49ers (1996-2001) and Detroit Lions (2002-03).
He was a member of the Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI championship team and earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors for the 49ers in 2001. When he started at right guard for the Redskins against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2005 NFC Divisional Playoff at the age of 43 years and 336 days, he became the oldest player to ever start an NFL postseason game.
Brown joins Rob Chudzinski (offensive coordinator), Sean McDermott (defensive coordinator), Brian Murphy (special teams coordinator), Matsko (offensive line), Ron Meeks (defensive backfield), Sam Mills III (defensive quality control/assistant defensive line) and Mike Shula (quarterbacks) on head coach Ron Rivera's 2011 staff.