Panthers fire offensive coordinator Mike Shula

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz
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Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula jogs onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium.

Cam Newton will have a new offensive coordinator next season.

The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that Mike Shula had been fired from his position after his five-year run in the role.

Quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey was also dismissed.

The move comes on the heels of the Panthers' 31-26 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round. Carolina finished the season ranked 19th in total offense.

"Going forward, I believed that the thing we needed to do was bring in a different perspective and different ideas toward what I believe is our ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

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In five years with Shula as offensive coordinator, the Panthers never finished in the top 10 for total offense, though they did lead the league in scoring during a Super Bowl run in 2015. Carolina also never finished higher than 19th in passing yards.

Rivera said before the season that he wanted to ease Newton's burden in the offense, which would include having the quarterback run less often. But Newton's workload as a rusher increased as the season went on, and he finished as the team's leading rusher with 754 yards.

The Panthers could also lose defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who interviewed for the New York Giants' head coaching vacancy on Tuesday and is expected to meet with the Arizona Cardinals as well.

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