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Ray Brown
Offensive Line
College:
Arkansas State
Experience:
10

Bio

COACHING
Ray Brown is in his sixth season with Carolina and first as offensive line coach following a promotion from assistant offensive line coach in 2016, a position he held the last five seasons. Working primarily with a young corps each season, Brown has been able to apply the lessons learned in 20 years as a player and four stops as a coach over the last decade.

In 2015, Brown and offensive line coach John Matsko to led a unit that blocked for the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense and No. 2 rushing offense. The line helped Carolina advance to Super Bowl 50 and set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 total touchdowns. The Panthers also produced a team-record 357 first downs.

The group featured two Pro Bowlers, as veteran center Ryan Kalil earned his fifth selection and added first-team All-Pro honors, while second-year guard Trai Turner earned his first selection. Free agent tackle Michael Oher anchored the left tackle position one season after an injury-shortened stint in Tennessee. Right tackle Mike Remmers and left guard Andrew Norwell completed the unit that provided protection for Cam Newton to earn MVP honors and score an NFL-best 45 total touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing), and opened holes for running back Jonathan Stewart to earn Pro Bowl honors.

In 2014, Brown was challenged with an inexperienced group beset by injuries most of the season. However Brown, working with Matsko, stabilized the line down the stretch to help Carolina win five of its last six games while making its second straight playoff appearance. The group that paved the way for a top-10 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 linemen Byron Bell, Nate Chandler and Amini Silatolu. Chandler, who played defensive tackle as a rookie for Carolina in 2012, moved to the offensive line in 2013 and started eight games at guard and tackle. Chandler established himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury, and 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, Gross and Bell, remained from the group that began the season. 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 after five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards, the second-highest mark in team history.

In 2011, Brown's first year in Carolina, the offensive line helped set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and opened holes 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 sixth season with Carolina and first as offensive line coach following a promotion from assistant offensive line coach in 2016, a position he held the last five seasons. Working primarily with a young corps each season, Brown has been able to apply the lessons learned in 20 years as a player and four stops as a coach over the last decade.

In 2015, Brown and offensive line coach John Matsko to led a unit that blocked for the NFL's No. 1 scoring offense and No. 2 rushing offense. The line helped Carolina advance to Super Bowl 50 and set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 total touchdowns. The Panthers also produced a team-record 357 first downs.

The group featured two Pro Bowlers, as veteran center Ryan Kalil earned his fifth selection and added first-team All-Pro honors, while second-year guard Trai Turner earned his first selection. Free agent tackle Michael Oher anchored the left tackle position one season after an injury-shortened stint in Tennessee. Right tackle Mike Remmers and left guard Andrew Norwell completed the unit that provided protection for Cam Newton to earn MVP honors and score an NFL-best 45 total touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing), and opened holes for running back Jonathan Stewart to earn Pro Bowl honors.

In 2014, Brown was challenged with an inexperienced group beset by injuries most of the season. However Brown, working with Matsko, stabilized the line down the stretch to help Carolina win five of its last six games while making its second straight playoff appearance. The group that paved the way for a top-10 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 linemen Byron Bell, Nate Chandler and Amini Silatolu. Chandler, who played defensive tackle as a rookie for Carolina in 2012, moved to the offensive line in 2013 and started eight games at guard and tackle. Chandler established himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury, and 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, Gross and Bell, remained from the group that began the season. 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 after five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards, the second-highest mark in team history.

In 2011, Brown's first year in Carolina, the offensive line helped set team records with an average of 5.41 yards per carry and 139 rushing first downs and opened holes 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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