Frank Reich, the Panthers’ head coach, leaves the team
CHARLOTTE — When the Panthers hired Frank Reich as head coach in the offseason, they were searching for offensive solutions. They still are.
After 11 games of a season in which they failed to make much progress on the offensive end, where they had expended so much money in the offseason, the 1-10 Panthers fired their head coach on Monday.
Owner David Tepper released a statement, saying, “I met with Coach Reich this morning and informed him that he will not continue as head coach of the Carolina Panthers.” “We send our best wishes to Frank and would like to thank him for his commitment and service.
“Chris Tabor, our special teams coordinator, will take over as our interim head coach with immediate effect. Play calling will now be handled by offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, with senior assistant Jim Caldwell serving as a special advisor.”
The Panthers haven’t scored more than 15 points in a game since the bye week, and through 11 weeks, they are among the lowest in the league in terms of total offence and scoring. Both their total offence and passing yards per game rank them 30th in the league.
When they brought in Reich this offseason, they had no intention of building the kind of staff that would help former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young develop.