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Brian Murphy
Special Teams Coord.
College:
Lehigh
Experience:
7

Bio

COACHING
The Panthers' special teams showed steady improvement under Brian Murphy in his first season as special teams coordinator in 2011. The progress was highlighted by Carolina's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2003 - a team-record 101-yarder at Detroit by rookie Kealoha Pilares, who finished eighth in the NFL with an average of 25.7 yards per kickoff return.

Before joining the Panthers, Murphy worked with the Minnesota Vikings' for five seasons, the last two as special teams coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Vikings' specialists performed at a high level. In 2010, punter Chris Kluwe generated a 38.9-yard net punting average and landed 32 punts inside the 20, the second-highest figures in team history. Kicker Ryan Longwell finished first in the NFL with a 94.4 field goal percentage, converting 17-of-18 field goal attempts for the third-best mark in franchise annals.

Promoted from assistant special teams coach in 2009, Murphy made an immediate impact in his first season as special teams coordinator. Minnesota improved from 25th to ninth in the Dallas Morning News' rankings, and the return and coverage units along with the kicking game helped the Vikings win the NFC North and advance to the NFC Championship.

Rookie kick returner Percy Harvin and special teamer Heath Farwell made the Pro Bowl following the 2009 campaign. Harvin ranked fourth in the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average and two touchdowns, while Farwell led the team for the third time in four years with 24 special teams tackles.

From 2006-08, Murphy served as the Vikings' assistant special teams coach. During the 2008 season, Kluwe set a team record with a 47.6-yard gross punting average, and Minnesota tied for the NFL lead by forcing opponents to 10 missed field goals, including a blocked field goal that Antoine Winfield returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

The previous year, the Vikings stood near the top in several categories: kickoff return average (fifth), kickoff coverage (sixth) and punts inside the 20 (third). In Murphy's first season as an NFL coach in 2006, Minnesota created four special teams takeaways and scored two special teams touchdowns, including one on a 16-yard pass by Longwell on a successfully executed fake field goal.

Murphy coached special teams at Wisconsin from 2002-05 in addition to overseeing outside linebackers. In 2005, he elevated the special teams units to among the best in the Big Ten. The Badgers finished first in gross and net punting average and second in punt return average, returning three punts for touchdowns.

He broke into coaching on the college level in 1992 at Benedictine, handling the defensive line. Murphy then became assistant recruiting coordinator and academic liaison for Wisconsin in 1993 and worked with the Badgers offensive and defensive lines as a graduate assistant from 1994-96.

Next, Murphy had one-year stints at Baylor as defensive backs coach in 1997, University of San Diego as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1998 and his alma mater, Lehigh, as defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator in 1999. He returned to Wisconsin as an administrative assistant in 2000 until moving to special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2002.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A four-year letterman as a defensive lineman for Lehigh from 1988-91, Murphy graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations in 1992. He later earned a master's degree in education administration from Wisconsin in 1997.

HISTORY
Defensive lineman: Lehigh 1988-91. College coach: Benedictine 1992, Wisconsin 1993-96, 2002-05, Baylor 1997, San Diego 1998, Lehigh 1999. Pro coach: Minnesota Vikings 2006-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
The Panthers' special teams showed steady improvement under Brian Murphy in his first season as special teams coordinator in 2011. The progress was highlighted by Carolina's first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2003 - a team-record 101-yarder at Detroit by rookie Kealoha Pilares, who finished eighth in the NFL with an average of 25.7 yards per kickoff return.

Before joining the Panthers, Murphy worked with the Minnesota Vikings' for five seasons, the last two as special teams coordinator. Under his tutelage, the Vikings' specialists performed at a high level. In 2010, punter Chris Kluwe generated a 38.9-yard net punting average and landed 32 punts inside the 20, the second-highest figures in team history. Kicker Ryan Longwell finished first in the NFL with a 94.4 field goal percentage, converting 17-of-18 field goal attempts for the third-best mark in franchise annals.

Promoted from assistant special teams coach in 2009, Murphy made an immediate impact in his first season as special teams coordinator. Minnesota improved from 25th to ninth in the Dallas Morning News' rankings, and the return and coverage units along with the kicking game helped the Vikings win the NFC North and advance to the NFC Championship.

Rookie kick returner Percy Harvin and special teamer Heath Farwell made the Pro Bowl following the 2009 campaign. Harvin ranked fourth in the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average and two touchdowns, while Farwell led the team for the third time in four years with 24 special teams tackles.

From 2006-08, Murphy served as the Vikings' assistant special teams coach. During the 2008 season, Kluwe set a team record with a 47.6-yard gross punting average, and Minnesota tied for the NFL lead by forcing opponents to 10 missed field goals, including a blocked field goal that Antoine Winfield returned 59 yards for a touchdown.

The previous year, the Vikings stood near the top in several categories: kickoff return average (fifth), kickoff coverage (sixth) and punts inside the 20 (third). In Murphy's first season as an NFL coach in 2006, Minnesota created four special teams takeaways and scored two special teams touchdowns, including one on a 16-yard pass by Longwell on a successfully executed fake field goal.

Murphy coached special teams at Wisconsin from 2002-05 in addition to overseeing outside linebackers. In 2005, he elevated the special teams units to among the best in the Big Ten. The Badgers finished first in gross and net punting average and second in punt return average, returning three punts for touchdowns.

He broke into coaching on the college level in 1992 at Benedictine, handling the defensive line. Murphy then became assistant recruiting coordinator and academic liaison for Wisconsin in 1993 and worked with the Badgers offensive and defensive lines as a graduate assistant from 1994-96.

Next, Murphy had one-year stints at Baylor as defensive backs coach in 1997, University of San Diego as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1998 and his alma mater, Lehigh, as defensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator in 1999. He returned to Wisconsin as an administrative assistant in 2000 until moving to special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach in 2002.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
A four-year letterman as a defensive lineman for Lehigh from 1988-91, Murphy graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations in 1992. He later earned a master's degree in education administration from Wisconsin in 1997.

HISTORY
Defensive lineman: Lehigh 1988-91. College coach: Benedictine 1992, Wisconsin 1993-96, 2002-05, Baylor 1997, San Diego 1998, Lehigh 1999. Pro coach: Minnesota Vikings 2006-10, joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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