Panthers fire 2 coaches after playoff loss to Saints

Dean Simpson
January 10, 2018

Dorsey was hired as the Panthers pro scout in 2011 before being moved to quarterbacks coach in 2013.

The Carolina Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the team announced Tuesday.

Shula has spent the past five seasons as Carolina's offensive coordinator after serving as the Panthers' quarterback coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Despite the record, the Panthers ranked 19th in the league in total offense (323.7 yards per game) and 12th in scoring (22.7 points per game).

One potential replacement is Panthers offensive assistant Ron Turner, but it's possible Rivera could look outside the organization to make a change.

"I believe we need some different ideas going forward", Rivera said at a news conference.

The Panthers reached the playoffs with an 11-5 record this season but the offense struggled to find consistency all season. I'll evaluate the coaches, the scheme and we'll go from that.

Rivera was vague on exactly what bothered him about the offense this past season and prompted the change in thinking, but when asked about the team's lack of an identity he said, "you want to be able to understand this is who we are and this is what we do".

The son of the Miami Dolphins' best coach in franchise history and one of the top quarterbacks to come through the University of Miami are now looking for new jobs. Carolina finished 21 or lower in passing yards in each of the last five seasons, while Newton has regressed badly as a passer in the two seasons since he won the NFL MVP award.

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