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Ray Brown
Offensive Line
College:
Arkansas State
Experience:
11

Bio

COACHING
Ray Brown is in his seventh season with Carolina and second as offensive line coach in 2017 after being promoted from assistant offensive line coach, a position he held for five seasons from 2011-15. Brown's linemen helped the team produce 30 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards from Week 6 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the longest streak in the NFL since Pittsburgh tallied 43 from 1974-77.

In 2016, the line was challenged by injuries as left tackle Michael Oher and center Ryan Kalil combined to miss 21 games, and only one player - left guard Andrew Norwell - played his original position the entire season. However, Brown helped keep the group together, and the line's blocking efforts helped the Panthers finish with the NFL's 10th-ranked rushing offense. Right guard Trai Turner, who was forced to move to right tackle for three games due to injuries, earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

In 2015, Brown assisted offensive line coach John Matsko on a unit that played a key role for the NFL's top scoring offense and second-best rushing offense. The line helped Carolina win the NFC Championship, advance to Super Bowl 50 and set team records with 500 points, 59 total touchdowns and 357 first downs.

The group featured two Pro Bowlers: Kalil earned his fifth selection and added first-team All-Pro honors, while Turner earned his first selection. The line provided protection for Cam Newton to win MVP and opened holes for running back Jonathan Stewart to garner Pro Bowl recognition.

In 2014, inexperience and injuries challenged the unit most of the season. However Brown and Matsko stabilized the line down the stretch to help Carolina win five of its last six games and make its second consecutive playoff appearance. The group that paved the way for a seventh-place rushing finish included two starting rookies in guards Turner and Norwell and a pair of undrafted tackles surrounding Kalil.

In 2013, Brown faced a similar challenge in developing Nate Chandler. Chandler, who played defensive tackle as a rookie for the Panthers in 2012, moved to the offensive line in 2013. Under Brown's tutelage, he proceeded to start eight games at guard and tackle, establishing himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury. Two offensive linemen - Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - made the Pro Bowl.

Brown also helped the line overcome instability in 2012 as only two starters, Jordan Gross and Byron Bell, remained from the group that began the season. Amini Silatolu, a second-round draft choice from Division II Midwestern State, started 15 games at guard and earned all-rookie honors. Despite injuries throughout the year, including the loss of Kalil following five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards, the second-highest mark in team history.

In Brown's first year with Carolina in 2011, the offensive line helped set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and cleared paths for the Panthers to become the first team in NFL history to have three players with 700 or more yards rushing. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

Brown spent 2010 as assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers, helping integrate first-round draft picks Anthony Davis at tackle and Mike Iupati at guard into the starting lineup.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Brown served as the Buffalo Bills' assistant offensive line coach for two seasons from 2008-09. The offensive line paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher each year, and tackle Jason Peters made the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Brown made his foray into coaching during the second half of the 2006 season as a special assistant for the Washington Redskins, assisting with the offensive line.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Originally an eighth-round draft choice by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, Brown played in 265 games with 202 starts at guard and tackle for four different franchises - St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. Brown was a member of the Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI championship team and earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors with the 49ers in 2001. He became the oldest player to ever start an NFL postseason game when he opened 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.

An All-Southland Conference selection at Arkansas State, Brown lined up on the offensive line and at tight end for the Indians. As a senior in 1985, he became the first player in conference history to be named all-conference at two different positions in the same season, garnering first-team recognition at tackle and second-team accolades at tight end. Brown began his college career at Memphis State before transferring to Arkansas State.

HISTORY
Offensive lineman/tight end: Arkansas State 1983-85. Pro offensive lineman: St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals 1986-88, Washington Redskins 1989-95, 2004-05, San Francisco 49ers 1996-2001, Detroit Lions 2002-03. Pro coach: Washington Redskins 2006, Buffalo Bills 2008-09, San Francisco 49ers 2010, joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
Ray Brown is in his seventh season with Carolina and second as offensive line coach in 2017 after being promoted from assistant offensive line coach, a position he held for five seasons from 2011-15. Brown's linemen helped the team produce 30 consecutive regular season games with at least 100 rushing yards from Week 6 of 2014 to Week 3 of 2016, the longest streak in the NFL since Pittsburgh tallied 43 from 1974-77.

In 2016, the line was challenged by injuries as left tackle Michael Oher and center Ryan Kalil combined to miss 21 games, and only one player - left guard Andrew Norwell - played his original position the entire season. However, Brown helped keep the group together, and the line's blocking efforts helped the Panthers finish with the NFL's 10th-ranked rushing offense. Right guard Trai Turner, who was forced to move to right tackle for three games due to injuries, earned his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

In 2015, Brown assisted offensive line coach John Matsko on a unit that played a key role for the NFL's top scoring offense and second-best rushing offense. The line helped Carolina win the NFC Championship, advance to Super Bowl 50 and set team records with 500 points, 59 total touchdowns and 357 first downs.

The group featured two Pro Bowlers: Kalil earned his fifth selection and added first-team All-Pro honors, while Turner earned his first selection. The line provided protection for Cam Newton to win MVP and opened holes for running back Jonathan Stewart to garner Pro Bowl recognition.

In 2014, inexperience and injuries challenged the unit most of the season. However Brown and Matsko stabilized the line down the stretch to help Carolina win five of its last six games and make its second consecutive playoff appearance. The group that paved the way for a seventh-place rushing finish included two starting rookies in guards Turner and Norwell and a pair of undrafted tackles surrounding Kalil.

In 2013, Brown faced a similar challenge in developing Nate Chandler. Chandler, who played defensive tackle as a rookie for the Panthers in 2012, moved to the offensive line in 2013. Under Brown's tutelage, he proceeded to start eight games at guard and tackle, establishing himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury. Two offensive linemen - Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - made the Pro Bowl.

Brown also helped the line overcome instability in 2012 as only two starters, Jordan Gross and Byron Bell, remained from the group that began the season. Amini Silatolu, a second-round draft choice from Division II Midwestern State, started 15 games at guard and earned all-rookie honors. Despite injuries throughout the year, including the loss of Kalil following five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards, the second-highest mark in team history.

In Brown's first year with Carolina in 2011, the offensive line helped set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and cleared paths for the Panthers to become the first team in NFL history to have three players with 700 or more yards rushing. Kalil was named to the Pro Bowl and earned second-team All-Pro honors.

Brown spent 2010 as assistant offensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers, helping integrate first-round draft picks Anthony Davis at tackle and Mike Iupati at guard into the starting lineup.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Brown served as the Buffalo Bills' assistant offensive line coach for two seasons from 2008-09. The offensive line paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher each year, and tackle Jason Peters made the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Brown made his foray into coaching during the second half of the 2006 season as a special assistant for the Washington Redskins, assisting with the offensive line.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Originally an eighth-round draft choice by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, Brown played in 265 games with 202 starts at guard and tackle for four different franchises - St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. Brown was a member of the Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI championship team and earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors with the 49ers in 2001. He became the oldest player to ever start an NFL postseason game when he opened 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.

An All-Southland Conference selection at Arkansas State, Brown lined up on the offensive line and at tight end for the Indians. As a senior in 1985, he became the first player in conference history to be named all-conference at two different positions in the same season, garnering first-team recognition at tackle and second-team accolades at tight end. Brown began his college career at Memphis State before transferring to Arkansas State.

HISTORY
Offensive lineman/tight end: Arkansas State 1983-85. Pro offensive lineman: St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals 1986-88, Washington Redskins 1989-95, 2004-05, San Francisco 49ers 1996-2001, Detroit Lions 2002-03. Pro coach: Washington Redskins 2006, Buffalo Bills 2008-09, San Francisco 49ers 2010, joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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