Panthers fire Frank Reich – WSOC TV

Panthers fire Frank Reich – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Panthers have fired coach Frank Reich midway through his first season with the team.

The team announced this on Monday morning.

This is the second time in two years that Reich has been fired from his position as an NFL head coach before the season ends. In November 2022, the Indianapolis Colts replaced Reich after losing three straight games. He is now the first NFL head coach since the NFL-AFL merger to be fired in consecutive seasons.

The news comes after the Panthers lost on Sunday to the Tennessee Titans, bringing the team’s record to 1-10 this season.

Reich was in his first season with the Panthers.

It’s a similar refrain for the Panthers — Reich’s predecessor, Matt Rhule, was fired before the season ended last year.

On Sunday, Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s frustration was evident after the team’s loss to the Titans.

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Ian Rapoport of NFL.com was first to report Reich’s firing, adding that Panthers special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will be the interim coach.

Tabor was reportedly addressing the team on Monday.

The team announced that Jim Caldwell will move to the position of special advisor to work under offensive coordinator Thomas Brown.

Later Monday, the Panthers announced that assistant coach/running backs coach Duce Staley and quarterbacks coach Josh McCown would no longer be with the team.

“defective”

Even after Reich’s firing was announced, many Panthers followers say Reich shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for the team’s woes. Our partners at The Charlotte Observer published a column laying out the case against Tepper’s involvement, including key personnel decisions in recent years.

Channel 9 spoke with former Observer Panthers columnist Tom Sorensen, and he agreed, saying the problem doesn’t lie with Reich alone. This is a team that lacks continuity, Sorenson said.

“Reich never had a chance,” Sorensen said Monday. “If you ask people in the NFL if Reich is a good coach, they’ll tell you yes.”

Sorensen said Reich was at a disadvantage while suffering 10 losses.

“He hasn’t been (good) this season, but he hasn’t had a (full) season, he has a flawed roster, there are flaws across the board,” Sorensen said. “One coach can’t fix it.”

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