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Sam Mills III
Assistant Defensive Line
College:
Montclair State
Experience:
10

Bio

COACHING
Sam Mills III is in his 10th season with Carolina and fourth as assistant defensive line coach in 2014. Working with defensive line coach Eric Washington in 2013, Mills assisted with a unit that helped the Panthers lead the NFL with 60 sacks, including a team-record nine at Atlanta (12/29/13), and rank second in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.

Defensive end Greg Hardy tied a team record with 15 sacks in 2013 to earn his first Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors, while fellow end Charles Johnson posted 11 sacks to became the first player in team history with at least nine sacks in four consecutive seasons. Mills also played a key part in the development of the Panthers' first two 2013 draft choices, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Both players earned All-Rookie honors.

In 2012, Mills worked with a line that was responsible for 37 of Carolina's 39 sacks. Johnson led the team with 12.5, and Hardy posted 11 as they became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002. Carolina finished the season ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent.

In 2011, Mills assisted with a line that accounted for 25.5 of the team's 31 sacks. Johnson paced the team with nine sacks, and young players received valuable experience as three rookies started games at defensive tackle.

Prior to the 2011 season, Mills added assistant defensive line coach to his title along with serving as Carolina's defensive quality control coach, though he actually had been working with the defensive line since 2006.

In 2010, Mills helped Johnson become the fifth player in team history to collect 10 or more sacks in a season with 11.5. The previous year, he contributed to a Panthers defensive line that produced 24.5 of the team's 31 sacks.
 
After spending the 2005 season in a dual role as a strength and conditioning and defensive assistant, Mills was promoted to defensive quality control coach in 2006. As defensive quality control coach, he broke down vast amounts of information and analyzed opponents' statistical tendencies to assist in game-plan preparation and the production of the defensive playbook.
 
Mills is no stranger to the organization. His father, Sam, is the only Panthers player to have his number retired and is the only player inducted into the team's Hall of Honor. When his father played for the Panthers, Mills worked as a ball boy at training camp and later in the equipment room before joining the strength and conditioning program.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Mills followed in his father's footsteps by playing at Montclair (N.J.) State, where the elder Mills was an NCAA Division II All-America at linebacker. He started 20 games in two seasons at defensive back for the Red Hawks and totaled 71 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Monclair State 1997-1999. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2005.

COACHING
Sam Mills III is in his 10th season with Carolina and fourth as assistant defensive line coach in 2014. Working with defensive line coach Eric Washington in 2013, Mills assisted with a unit that helped the Panthers lead the NFL with 60 sacks, including a team-record nine at Atlanta (12/29/13), and rank second in total defense, second in rushing defense and sixth in passing defense.

Defensive end Greg Hardy tied a team record with 15 sacks in 2013 to earn his first Pro Bowl selection and second-team All-Pro honors, while fellow end Charles Johnson posted 11 sacks to became the first player in team history with at least nine sacks in four consecutive seasons. Mills also played a key part in the development of the Panthers' first two 2013 draft choices, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Both players earned All-Rookie honors.

In 2012, Mills worked with a line that was responsible for 37 of Carolina's 39 sacks. Johnson led the team with 12.5, and Hardy posted 11 as they became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002. Carolina finished the season ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent.

In 2011, Mills assisted with a line that accounted for 25.5 of the team's 31 sacks. Johnson paced the team with nine sacks, and young players received valuable experience as three rookies started games at defensive tackle.

Prior to the 2011 season, Mills added assistant defensive line coach to his title along with serving as Carolina's defensive quality control coach, though he actually had been working with the defensive line since 2006.

In 2010, Mills helped Johnson become the fifth player in team history to collect 10 or more sacks in a season with 11.5. The previous year, he contributed to a Panthers defensive line that produced 24.5 of the team's 31 sacks.
 
After spending the 2005 season in a dual role as a strength and conditioning and defensive assistant, Mills was promoted to defensive quality control coach in 2006. As defensive quality control coach, he broke down vast amounts of information and analyzed opponents' statistical tendencies to assist in game-plan preparation and the production of the defensive playbook.
 
Mills is no stranger to the organization. His father, Sam, is the only Panthers player to have his number retired and is the only player inducted into the team's Hall of Honor. When his father played for the Panthers, Mills worked as a ball boy at training camp and later in the equipment room before joining the strength and conditioning program.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Mills followed in his father's footsteps by playing at Montclair (N.J.) State, where the elder Mills was an NCAA Division II All-America at linebacker. He started 20 games in two seasons at defensive back for the Red Hawks and totaled 71 tackles, two interceptions, 14 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

HISTORY
Defensive back: Monclair State 1997-1999. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2005.

 

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