Panthers fire offensive coordinator Mike Shula, QB coach Ken Dorsey

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Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula has "been relieved of his duties", the National Football League team announced on Tuesday. Also, having a few veterans at key positions in addition to a dynamic young running back will aid in the process. Apart from the shakeup on offense, the Panthers could also lose defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who is set to interview for vacant head coaching jobs.

"That is what the move was made for".

The announcement came one day after Carolina coach Ron Rivera said he didn't anticipate making any changes to the Panthers' coaching staff. "We'll make decisions as we go forward".

Rivera was vague on exactly what bothered him about the offense this past season and prompted the change in thinking, but when asked about the team's lack of an identity he said, "you want to be able to understand this is who we are and this is what we do". And about the Panthers' planned evolution of Newton into less of a runner. he rushed more times for more yards in 2017 than any previous season. Carolina entered as the No. 5 seed following a 11-5 finish to the season.

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However, its passing game has sputtered.

It didn't help that the Panthers suffered several injuries at wide receiver and tight end this season and traded away No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Carolina finished 21 or lower in passing yards in each of the last five seasons, while Newton has regressed badly as a passer in the two seasons since he won the NFL MVP award.

Shula has coached 30 years, 26 of those in the NFL.

Dorsey, 36, was drafted in the seventh round by the 49ers in 2003 and started a combined eight games for San Francisco in the 2004 and 2005 seasons, going 2-8.

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