The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Frank Reich after a disappointing season thus far, holding a record of 1-10. Remarkably, this marks the second consecutive year that Reich has found himself released mid-season, as the Colts similarly relieved him of his duties last season.
The Carolina Panthers traded their first-round pick this year to move up to draft Quarterback Bryce Young, who has struggled immensely this season. The Carolina Panthers haven’t scored 20 points since their week six loss against the Dolphins.
The Carolina Panthers find themselves at the bottom of the league, ranking last in both total yards and passing yards. Their performance in rushing yards and points is not much better, placing them at 29th. The disappointment of this season is evident, and team owner David Tepper seems to have a penchant for cycling through head coaches as if they were leased cars. He will be hiring his seventh coach since 2018. Some would say a new owner is needed, not a new Quarterback or Coach. But you can’t fire the owner.
On Monday, Tepper made the announcement that Panthers fans were desperately looking for after a deflating season.
“I met with Coach Reich this morning and informed him that he will not continue as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. I want to thank Frank for his dedication and service, and we wish him well. Effective immediately, Special Teams Coordinator Chris Tabor will serve as our interim head coach. Senior Assistant Jim Caldwell will be a special advisor to Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown, who will take over play-calling duties.”
It was a confusing time in Charlotte, with no clarity and, some would say, not a lot of competence from the owner as well.
Ryan Clark let it be known how he felt about the leadership in Charlotte Monday on ESPN’s morning show Get Up.
“The owner is the issue to me. When you have a super fan as an owner who wants to play with the team like it’s a toy, you have a lot of issues,” Clark told his colleagues this morning.
A long off-season is on the way for Bryce Young and the Carolina Panthers. Check out Ryan’s clip from this morning below.
Ryan Clark on the Panthers: "When you have a super fan as an owner who wants to play with the team like it's a toy, you have a lot of issues." pic.twitter.com/Nk8UDTwFcm
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 27, 2023