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Panthers to talk with Seifert on Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday December 29, 1998 09:52 PM
CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers wasted little time searching for a new head coach, bringing in former San Francisco coach George Seifert to talk about the position vacated with Dom Capers' dismissal.
Seifert, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl victories in 1989 and '94, arrived Monday evening at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. He was met by a son of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
Seifert avoided discussing his prospects for becoming the Panthers' second coach ever after Capers was fired Monday morning by Richardson after four seasons.
"I think it's probably presumptuous or mature to talk about being a candidate," Seifert told The Charlotte Observer. "I visited with Jerry for a moment on the phone and we talked about the league and so forth. I don't know if I'm down visiting necessarily about the position as I am to talk about the league and the [NFC West] division that I coached in for so long."
Panthers players said Richardson told them in a Monday morning meeting that he would move quickly to hire a new coach and had an interview scheduled later in the day. Seifert's flight was originally scheduled to arrive in Charlotte on Monday afternoon, but the plane was delayed for four hours.
Seifert was expected to meet with the Richardsons on Tuesday, The Observer reported.
Seifert, 58, who has been out of coaching for the past two seasons, had no plans to visit with other teams and said he's interested in looking at a return to the sidelines.
"There are so many things that are entailed to say automatically that's what I'm going to do," he said.
Seifert compiled the best winning percentage (.755) in NFL history during his tenure in San Francisco. He and the 49ers mutually agreed to part ways after the 1996 season. Seifert, who also has been mentioned in connection with the Seattle coaching position, has been a studio analyst for NFL games on CBS during this football season.
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