Panthers fire OC Mike Shula and QB coach Ken Dorsey

Panthers fire OC Mike Shula and QB coach Ken Dorsey

Panthers fire OC Mike Shula and QB coach Ken Dorsey

But, Carolina has already started to clean house with their staff, with the announcement today that both offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey have been relieved of their duties.

Shula spent the past seven seasons with Carolina, working as quarterbacks coach before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013. He had spent 21 years as an National Football League assistant with stops in Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Miami, and Chicago prior to getting the Panthers' offensive coordinator job.

The Panthers reached the playoffs with an 11-5 record this season but the offense struggled to find consistency all season.

Under Shula's leadership, the Panthers finished 19th in total offense (323.7), fourth in rushing offense (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7) in the 2017 season.

This comes one day after head coach Ron Rivera seemingly indictated that their jobs would be safe. "We'll make decisions as we go forward". "Something different, something additional can give us the boost that I'm looking for that can help us get to the ultimate goal, and that is winning the Super Bowl".

Dorsey spent five seasons as the Panthers quarterbacks coach after a few years as a scout. He had success in his first season in 2011 en route to helping quarterback Cam Newton earn the AP Rookie of the Year Award after Carolina drafted the Auburn product with the No. 1 pick.

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