Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey


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

"Both have been with the Panthers for a very long time", NBC Charlotte Sports Director Nick Carboni said following the announcement.

According to a report by Ian Rapoport at NFL Network, Norv Turner is among the candidates that coach Ron Rivera and the organization are considering to become the team's next offensive coordinator.

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Shula helped to nurture quarterback Cam Newton and was behind his Most Valuable Player award season in 2015.

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. However, he and Dorsey were unable to get that type of consistent production out of Newton and the passing game.

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From top to bottom, on the field and off, here's a laundry list of all the potential changes and adjustments the 2018 Panthers could and will have to make in the coming months.

He could also lose defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who has interviewed for some of the league's head coaching vacancies.

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