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Panthers fire offensive coordinator

On Dec. 9, 2018, the Carolina Panthers fired their offensive coordinator, Mike Shula, after five years with the team.

Carolina also let go of their quarterback coach, Ken Dorsey, and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks. Wilks already has interviews with the New York Giants and the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 16, 2018, according to USA Today.

"Going forward, I believed that the thing we needed to do was bring in a different perspective and different ideas toward what I believe is our ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told USA Today.

This big change came because of the team's big loss to the New Orleans Saints, 31-26, in the wildcard round of the playoffs on Dec. 7, 2018.

During the years that Shula has been offensive coordinator, the Panthers haven’t finished in the top ten; also, the Panthers have never finished higher than rank 19 in passing yards.

Rivera told USA Today that he wanted to ease quarterback Cam Newton’s “burden in the offense.” This includes Newton running less. Newton has finished this year as the Panthers lead rusher with 754 yards.