Panthers Fire OC Mike Shula

The Panthers announced that offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey have been fired. Mike Shula (vertical)

Shula spent the past seven seasons with the team, working as quarterbacks coach for two seasons before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013. Last year, Carolina finished 19th in total offense (323.7), 17th in offensive DVOA, fourth in rushing offense (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3), and 12th in points (22.7). Ultimately, it wasn’t good enough as the Panthers were eliminated in the first stage of the playoffs.

Dorsey has been the Panthers’ QBs coach for the last five seasons. Although he has groomed Cam Newton into one of the league’s finest quarterbacks, the Panthers believe that they can do better.

The staff shakeup comes just days after a multi-year extension for head coach Ron Rivera. Between the firing of Shula and Dorsey and the likely departure of Steve Wilks, the Panthers will see serious turnover in 2018.

The Panthers join the Bears, Browns, Packers, and Giants as teams in search of a new offensive coordinator.

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14 comments on “Panthers Fire OC Mike Shula

  1. Rocket32

    It’s about time. Such horrible predictable play calling.

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  2. That fourth in rushing offense number is misleading. Granted Cam’s ability to run is a huge part of the offense and should continue to be, the Panthers could not get much out of Stewart and McCaffery.

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  3. whereslou

    I am not sure I would rank him as one of the league’s finest QBs which will rile up the Carolina fans. He isn’t all that accurate and he pouts when things don’t go is way. Not the type of leader you want as your QB. He sat on the bench stoned face and did nothing the whole first half of the WC game it wasn’t until they scored a TD that he finally started showing any positive emotion. He is not a leader therefore he lacks a major part of being a good QB.

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      • whereslou

        You’re probably wrong. No you’re definitely wrong. I do know how to watch how a QB acts and see that he acts like a child. Not sure why that makes me a Brown’s fan.

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        • tsolid

          Super bowl appearance and other Playoff appearances. Yeah….. he sure can’t lead a team. No he’s not the most accurate, but he got the job done, in leading this team of offensive nobodies to the playoffs. Keep letting your “personal” feelings affect your evaluation. At least you’re not an NFL executive.

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          • whereslou

            Trent Dilfer led a team to the SB so that argument doesn’t hold a lot of water. You admitted he wasn’t accurate so am I wrong does he sit on the bench and pout? Has he acted like a spoiled brat in press conferences? Did he sit on the bench the whole first half of the game Sunday and sulk? A leader would be up trying to get his team up and ready for the next series. Tell me one place I am wrong. He is not a leader which is part of being a good QB.

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            • acarneglia

              It proves that he cares about the game. There’s plenty of other QBs who act a lot worse when they are unhappy or upset with how things are going. Winston(loses his mind), Brady(loses his mind), Cutler(doesn’t care about anything).

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              • whereslou

                Really you are going to use Winston and Cutler in your argument? That is dropping Newton to a level he is way above. Brady is way above him but he has the respect of his teammates and earned it to yell at them. I can’t stand him he is an arrogant jerk and a liar but still a future HOFer. Newton has a long way to go to get there. Also if you think pouting on the bench is showing leadership and that you care you have a lot to learn about leadership. Leadership starts with lead and I guess if you want your whole team sitting on the bench pouting he is a great leader.

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    • Cam isn’t one of the elite tier QBs, but he’s one of the top 10-15 QBs in the league. I’m sure half the teams in the league would take Cam Newton as their QB.

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      • whereslou

        I never said he wasn’t good and I agree he is in the top 10ish to 15. I just wouldn’t put the label excellent on him. I would use the word excellent for the top tier guys the top 5-7 guys in the league.

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  4. itslonelyatthetrop

    Dorsey will land a QB coach job somewhere else, if he wants. Mike Shula gets to see the guy who replaced him at Alabama reach transcendence levels of success and then gets canned. At least can use the “my Dad can outcoach YOUR Dad!” retort.

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