AP source: Panthers add Ryans, Mayo to coach candidate list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers have requested permission to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo. That brings the number of candidates for the team’s head coaching vacancy to 10. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t make its coaching search public. The Panthers have interviewed interim coach Steve Wilks, former Colts head coach Frank Reich and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. In addition, the Panthers have requested interviews with five current NFL offensive coordinators — Philadelphia’s Shane Steichen, Buffalo’s Ken Dorsey, Dallas’ Kellen Moore, Detroit’s Ben Johnson and the Giants’ Mike Kafka.

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