Tuesday, February 27, 2024

One and Done: Frank Reich fired by the Panthers

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Frank Reich on Monday. He did not last one season with the franchise. 

Reich was fired earlier this year by the team. Now, special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season. 

Former Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich looks on during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans
Frank Reich looks on during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

This will be Tabor’s first experience as a head coach. 

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Reich guided the Panthers to a 1-10 record this season before his departure. His final game with the team was a 17-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. 

Tabor will lead his team for the first time this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs are favored to win the game. 

Under Reich, who has been considered an offensive-minded coach, the team scored just 173 points. That is 30th of the 32 teams. The Panthers averaged 15.7 points per game. 

The Panthers have scored 20 points in a game since Week 6. That’s when they scored 21 points in a 42-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins. 

Only three times they have scored more than 21 points. Carolina had 24 points one week prior. Despite the 24 points, the Panthers were defeated 42-24 by the Detroit Lions in Week 5. 

Their season-high output came in Week 3. They scored 27 points in a 37-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

The Panthers’ lone win came following their bye week. The team defeated the Houston Texans in a matchup of the top two picks in the 2023 NFL Draft between Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. 

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The Panthers won the game 15-13 over the Texans. 

Bryce Young — who was considered a generational talent coming into the draft — has struggled. It didn’t help that Reich and offensive coordinator Thomas Brown split play-calling duties. 

Brown had the play-calling responsibilities. Then, Reich took over the role for several weeks before giving the responsibilities back to Brown in recent weeks. 

Young has gone 1-9 as a starter. He has gone 216 of 350 for 1,877 yards. He has nine touchdown passes and eight interceptions. 

The rookie signal-caller is averaging 6.34 plays per drive. Their average drive is 25.2 yards. 

The receivers have been lackluster at best. Adam Thielen, who signed with the team in the off-season, leads the team with 77 receptions, 728 yards, and four touchdowns. 

However, no other receiver has more than 286 yards. Jonathan Mingo has had 286 yards in 10 games. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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