The Panthers fired Frank Reich after 11 games, the shortest coaching tenure since 1978

The Panthers fired Frank Reich after 11 games, the shortest coaching tenure since 1978

The Carolina Panthers have fired Frank Reich after 11 games, owner David Tepper announced Monday morning. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will serve as interim coach.

Later in the day, the Panthers also fired quarterbacks coach Josh McCown and running backs coach Deus Staley, a league source said.

Reich’s firing comes two weeks after he took over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Thomas Brown — three games after delegating responsibility to Brown in Week 8. Carolina fell to 1-10 on Sunday in a 17-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Tepper said Brown will resume calling offensive plays with his top assistant, Jim Caldwell, serving as a special advisor.

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At 11 games, Reich’s tenure was the second-shortest in NFL history for a head coach who has coached a regular-season game. The San Francisco 49ers fired Pete McCauley after starting the 1978 season 1-8.

(Two coaches did not make it to the regular season; Bill Belichick resigned as New York Jets coach after one day in 2000, while George Allen was fired by the Los Angeles Rams after two preseason games in 1977.)

The Panthers hired Reich in January and traded up for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft in March, selecting Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young. However, under Reich, Young posted a success rate of 74.9, the worst of the three QBs selected in the first round. The Panthers also rank 30th in the NFL with 265.9 yards per game on offense.

Reich took over for interim coach Steve Wilks, who was promoted after Carolina fired Matt Rhule following a 1-4 start to the 2022 season. The Panthers have the worst record in the NFL after going 7-10 in 2022.

Carolina traded its 2024 first-round pick to the Chicago Bears in the trade that made it Young.

Reich previously went 40-33-1 in four-plus seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, reaching the playoffs twice and winning one postseason game. He was fired after a 3-5-1 start to the 2022 season.

The Panthers are the second team to make a coaching change this season, joining the Raiders, who fired Josh McDaniels after eight games.

What is the fall of the Reich?

Tepper was sold on Reich’s offensive credentials and ability to bring in a big-name staff that included two former coaches (Caldwell and Dom Capers) and several newcomers. The idea was that Young would have a building full of QB whisperers. Except it didn’t take.

The Panthers were near the bottom of the league offensively, Young struggled and the offense didn’t improve after Reich got the play back from Brown. Reich looked defeated after Sunday’s loss at Tennessee, with Tepper dropping an F-bomb and shaking his head after exiting the locker room. – Joe Pearson, Panthers staff writer

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Who will Tepper target?

Monday’s announcement did not address the future of general manager Scott Fitterer, who is believed to be on shaky ground after failing to provide Young with enough playmakers. Tepper is expected to pursue an offensive-minded coach again.

Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson was his top option last winter before Johnson removed himself from consideration. Tepper will almost certainly make another run at Johnson and don’t be surprised if he tries to impress someone like Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh or Belichick.

But Tepper’s history of firing coaches and going hands-on could give proven coaches pause. – person

Why were McCown and Staley let go as well?

Before delving into this question, it’s important to note that Reich’s ability to assemble a supposedly all-star cast was a big reason why Tepper hired him. Now it’s all blown up 10 months later. Tabor made the decision to move on from McCown, who was in his first year as an NFL assistant, and Staley, who worked with Reich in Philadelphia. With Caldwell taking on a more active role, Tabor apparently wanted to streamline the process and get fewer voices in Young’s ear.

As for Staley, he was overseeing the NFL’s 29th-ranked rushing attack and had a hand in the decision to sign former Eagles linebacker Miles Sanders, who was unproductive in his first season in Carolina. – person

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