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Ray Brown
Assistant Offensive Line
College:
Arkansas State
Experience:
8

Bio

COACHING
Assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown is in his fourth season with Carolina in 2014, working with offensive line coach John Matsko.

With 20 years of experience as an NFL player, Brown's tutelage has been instrumental in the development of young Panthers linemen Byron Bell, Nate Chandler and Amini Silatolu. Bell, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011, started 41 games at tackle and guard in his first three seasons. 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. Silatolu, a second-round draft choice from Division II Midwestern State in 2012, started 15 games at guard in his first season and earned all-rookie honors before an injury derailed his second year after just three games.

In 2013 under Brown's guidance, Chandler established himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury, and two offensive linemen - center Ryan Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - were selected to the Pro Bowl as the line contributed to an offense that gained 319 first downs, the third most in team history.

Brown helped the offensive line overcome instability in 2012 as only two starters, Gross and Bell, remained from the original group that began the season. Despite injuries throughout the year, including the loss of Kalil after five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards and produced 328 first downs, the second-highest marks in team history.

In 2011, Brown's first year on the staff, 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 in the same season: running back  DeAngelo Williams (836), running back Jonathan Stewart (761) and quarterback Cam Newton (706). 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. While with San Francisco, he relied on his extensive background and knowledge to help 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. In each of his years with the Bills, the offensive line paved the way for 1,000-yard rushers, and Brown helped tackle Jason Peters make the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Brown made his foray into coaching during the second half of the 2006 season as a special assistant on the Washington Redskins' staff. In his role, he assisted 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
Assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown is in his fourth season with Carolina in 2014, working with offensive line coach John Matsko.

With 20 years of experience as an NFL player, Brown's tutelage has been instrumental in the development of young Panthers linemen Byron Bell, Nate Chandler and Amini Silatolu. Bell, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011, started 41 games at tackle and guard in his first three seasons. 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. Silatolu, a second-round draft choice from Division II Midwestern State in 2012, started 15 games at guard in his first season and earned all-rookie honors before an injury derailed his second year after just three games.

In 2013 under Brown's guidance, Chandler established himself at right guard when three other players at the position were lost to injury, and two offensive linemen - center Ryan Kalil and tackle Jordan Gross - were selected to the Pro Bowl as the line contributed to an offense that gained 319 first downs, the third most in team history.

Brown helped the offensive line overcome instability in 2012 as only two starters, Gross and Bell, remained from the original group that began the season. Despite injuries throughout the year, including the loss of Kalil after five games, the Panthers tallied 5,771 total net yards and produced 328 first downs, the second-highest marks in team history.

In 2011, Brown's first year on the staff, 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 in the same season: running back  DeAngelo Williams (836), running back Jonathan Stewart (761) and quarterback Cam Newton (706). 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. While with San Francisco, he relied on his extensive background and knowledge to help 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. In each of his years with the Bills, the offensive line paved the way for 1,000-yard rushers, and Brown helped tackle Jason Peters make the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Brown made his foray into coaching during the second half of the 2006 season as a special assistant on the Washington Redskins' staff. In his role, he assisted 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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