Mere days after their season came to a conclusion, the Panthers announced that they have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey. Dorsey had been the quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons.
Shula had been with the Panthers for seven years, starting out as quarterbacks coach before being promoted in 2013, when Dorsey took up his previous role.
Rivera told reporters today that those long-time staples of Carolina's offense aren't going anywhere.
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It remains to be seen whether that will actually happen or if institutional inertia will win the day, regardless of who is calling the plays. I'll evaluate the coaches, the scheme and we'll go from that.
Carolina has been one of the league's top running teams - in large part because of Newton's ability to run the ball - over the past four seasons, averaging the league's fourth-highest total at 128.3 yards per game.
Shula was originally hired by the Panthers at the conclusion of the 2010 season in order to serve as the franchise's quarterbacks coach.
However, its passing game has sputtered. 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.