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Panthers fire O-coordinator Mike Shula, QBs coach Ken Dorsey

The former league MVP Newton had worked with Shula in some capacity since the Panthers drafted him number one overall in 2011.


Kahron Spearman


Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey on Tuesday, a day after he said he didn't plan to make any staff changes.

Shula, the son of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, has been the offensive coordinator since 2013. A former NFL quarterback and Miami Hurricane, Dorsey had been the quarterback's coach for five seasons.

Newton had worked with Shula in some capacity since the Panthers drafted him number one overall in 2011.

One likely point of contention was how the Panthers became the fourth-ranked rushing attack in the league, which was primarily built around Newton leading the team in rushing with 754 yards.

In the offseason, Rivera said wanted the offense to depend less on Newton's running.

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