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Sam Mills III
Assistant Defensive Line
College:
Montclair State
Experience:
9

Bio

COACHING
Sam Mills III is in his ninth season with Carolina and third as assistant defensive line coach in 2013. Along with defensive line coach Eric Washington in 2012, Mills worked with a line that featured defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, who became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002.

Thirty-seven of Carolina's 39 sacks in 2012 came from the defensive line as Johnson led the team with 12.5, Hardy posted 11 and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards registered 6.5. The Panthers finished the season ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent and tallied six or more sacks in three games, including a franchise record tying seven at Atlanta (9/30/12).

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 the Panthers defensive quality control coach, though he actually has 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 rejuvenated 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, Mills was responsible for breaking down vast amounts of information and analyzing opponents' statistical tendencies to assist in game-plan preparation and the production of the defensive playbook.
 
Mills is no stranger to the organization as his position on the coaching staff is the culmination of his path as a youth. 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 ninth season with Carolina and third as assistant defensive line coach in 2013. Along with defensive line coach Eric Washington in 2012, Mills worked with a line that featured defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy, who became the first Panthers tandem to record double-digit sacks since 2002.

Thirty-seven of Carolina's 39 sacks in 2012 came from the defensive line as Johnson led the team with 12.5, Hardy posted 11 and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards registered 6.5. The Panthers finished the season ninth in the NFL in sacks per pass play at 6.6 percent and tallied six or more sacks in three games, including a franchise record tying seven at Atlanta (9/30/12).

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 the Panthers defensive quality control coach, though he actually has 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 rejuvenated 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, Mills was responsible for breaking down vast amounts of information and analyzing opponents' statistical tendencies to assist in game-plan preparation and the production of the defensive playbook.
 
Mills is no stranger to the organization as his position on the coaching staff is the culmination of his path as a youth. 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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