Panthers part ways with Mike Shula and Ken Dorsey

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The strangest, oddest off-season in the 23-year history of the Carolina Panthers got more complicated Tuesday when the Panthers announced that offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey had been fired. Fresh ideas and new ways to utilize others' capabilities to contribute were warranted and Rivera agreed. The 52-year-old offensive mind spent one more season in the same capacity before he was promoted to his latest role as the team's offensive coordinator.

Following are a few potential names the Panthers could be interested in landing for their current vacancy. He started as a pro scout for twoyears before being named the team's quarterbacks coach in 2013.

Shula has coached 30 years, including 26 in the NFL. The Panthers finished 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game) and 28th in passing (192.3) during the past regular season.

Also, Newton's passing numbers have taken a nosedive since he was selected as the league's MVP in 2015 when he combined for 45 touchdowns - 35 passing and 10 rushing - and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl. He notably played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, leading the infamous program to a BCS National Championship in 2011.