CHARLOTTE — Seeking offensive solutions, the Panthers brought in Frank Reich as head coach last offseason. However, their quest continues.
In a move reflecting their struggle, the 1-10 Panthers have parted ways with their head coach midway through a season that showed minimal improvement in the offensive domain despite significant offseason investments.
“Earlier today, I met with Coach Reich and communicated that he will no longer lead the Carolina Panthers,” owner David Tepper stated. “I express gratitude to Frank for his commitment and contributions, and we extend our best wishes to him.
“Immediate action appoints special teams coordinator Chris Tabor as our interim head coach. Meanwhile, senior assistant Jim Caldwell assumes the role of special advisor to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, who will now oversee play-calling responsibilities.”
After 11 weeks, the Panthers remain among the league’s lowest-ranked teams in total offense and scoring, failing to exceed 15 points per game since the bye week. They currently hold the 30th position in both total offense and passing yards per game.
This outcome contrasts with their expectations from the offseason, where hiring Reich carried the mandate to assemble a coaching staff capable of nurturing Bryce Young, the former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick.