Carolina Panthers can OC Mike Shula, QB coach Ken Dorsey

Mike Shula has been axed as Panthers offensive coordinator

Mike Shula has been axed as Panthers offensive coordinator

The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey.

After spending his first two years coaching quarterbacks, Mike Shula was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013, a role he held for five years.

The Panthers' 2017 season came to an end on Sunday in the NFC Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs after a 31-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Carolina finished 19th in total offense with 323.7 yards per game and 28th in passing offense with an average of 192.3 yards per game.

However, Rivera made the decision to fire Shula, the son of legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, after a meeting with general manager Marty Hurney.

Head coach Ron Rivera recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers and now faces rebuilding his offensive coaching team.

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Shula helped to nurture quarterback Cam Newton and was behind his Most Valuable Player award season in 2015.

Newton has posted the worst two quarterback passer ratings of his seven-year National Football League career in the past two seasons.

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