(CTN News) – Carolina’s head Frank Reich coach has once again failed to complete the season for the second consecutive year.
Following a disappointing 1-10 record and ongoing offensive problems centered around rookie quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft, Frank Reich was relieved of his duties on Monday.
In the interim, special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will assume the role of the team’s coach.
Reich’s termination marks the fastest dismissal of a new coach since 1978 when the 49ers parted ways with Pete McCulley after a 1-8 start.
David Tepper, the owner of the Panthers, expressed his gratitude towards Frank Reich for his hard work and commitment. This statement was shared on social media on Monday morning.
Following the team’s loss to the Titans on Sunday, Tepper was reportedly heard shouting an expletive in frustration.
The Panthers have struggled to score points in recent weeks, with their last seven games resulting in 24, 21, 15, 13, 13, 10, and 10 points. Offensive Frank Reich coordinator Thomas Brown will resume play-calling duties for the remainder of the season.
Reich emerged as the initial acquisition during the previous offseason, and now he becomes the second dismissal in the NFL this year, trailing behind the Raiders and Josh McDaniels.
This decision will enable the Panthers to once again take the lead in the recruitment procedure. The Houston Texans, on the other hand, have experienced Frank Reich’s success this year with DeMeco Ryans as their fourth head coach in as many seasons, which proves to be a costly approach in search of the ideal leader.
The NFL’s worst record belongs to the Panthers, yet they won’t have the privilege of obtaining a top draft pick as a result.
In order for Frank Reich to secure the No. 1 pick and acquire Young this spring, they made a significant trade with the Bears, which included sending their 2024 first-round pick.
After a mere five games and a 1-4 record last year, Carolina decided to dismiss coach Matt Rhule. However, under the guidance of interim coach Steve Wilks, the team showed improvement and narrowly missed out on a division title.
Reich, on the other hand, has faced consecutive firings, with his most recent one being from the Colts last season.