Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Panthers offensive coordinator options for 2018

Panthers offensive coordinator options for 2018

Head coach Ron Rivera fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey on Tuesday - one day after Rivera said he didn't plan any changes to his staff.

Dorsey had been the Panthers' quarterbacks coach the past five seasons and Shula was the offensive coordinator since 2013.

"I believe we need some different ideas going forward", Rivera said at a news conference. Carolina failed to finish in the top 10 in scoring offense in each of the past two seasons and ranked 19th in total yards each season during that span. The 52-year-old offensive mind spent one more season in the same capacity before he was promoted to his latest role as the team's offensive coordinator.

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The Carolina Panthers are not messing around after losing in the NFC Wildcard Playoffs to the division-rival New Orleans Saints this past weekend.

Shula's offense was No. 1 in the National Football League during the 2015 season, when the Panthers started the season 14-0 and advanced to Super Bowl 50.

He started to have second thoughts and chose to meet with interim general manager Marty Hurney about the decision. 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. He helped Newton and the Carolina offense reach the Super Bowl in 2015 before the Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos.

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