Panthers fire OC Shula, QB coach Dorsey

Tyler Owen
January 10, 2018

The Carolina Panthers got eliminated from the postseason on Sunday after a 31-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round.

The Carolina Panthers have officially relieved two offensive coaches of their duties, the team formally announced on Tuesday.

The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

The announcement came one day after Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he didn't anticipate making any changes to the Panthers' coaching staff.

The Panthers in 2017 finished 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), fourth in rushing (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7).

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Fans no doubt will want the next offensive coordinator to bring the Panthers' playbook into the 21st century and take advantage of their unique talents at quarterback and running back.

"I don't think so", Rivera said during a press conference on Monday when asked if he planned any coaching changes.

However, Rivera made the decision to fire Shula, the son of legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, after a meeting with general manager Marty Hurney. He was a quarterback at University of Miami (Fla.), played six seasons in the National Football League from 2003-08 and spent 2010 in the CFL. He and Shula were both credited by many in helping quarterback develop into an NFL MVP in 2015.

Dorsey served as quarterbacks coach from 2013-17 following two seasons as a pro scout.

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