April 21, 2024

The Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Frank Reich, it was announced Monday.

The Panthers have an NFL-worst 1-10 record — including an 0-6 mark on the road — and are assured of a sixth straight losing season since owner David Tepper purchased the team in 2018 for $2.275 billion.

“I met with Coach Reich this morning and informed him that he will not continue as head coach of the Carolina Panthers,” Tepper said in a statement. “I want to thank Frank for his dedication and service, and we wish him well.”

With Reich calling the plays on offense, the Panthers on Sunday scored 15 or fewer points for the fifth straight week and for the seventh time in 11 games. Quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 1 pick of the 2023 draft whom Carolina traded two first-round picks and star wide receiver DJ Moore to get, ranks last in the NFL in Total QBR and has been sacked 40 times, tied for the fifth most by a player through his first 10 games since sacks were first tracked in 1963.

“What are you going to do?” Reich, who has a career record of 41-43-1, said after Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. “You are 1-10. Are you going to feel sorry for yourself? Is there something that is going to magically fix everything? No.”

Special teams coach Chris Tabor has been appointed as the team’s interim head coach, while offensive coordinator Thomas Brown will assume playcalling duties with help from senior assistant Jim Caldwell.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, there have only been six NFL head coaches since the merger that didn’t finish their first season with the team, with three of those instances having come in the last three seasons — Urban Meyer, Nathaniel Hackett and Reich.

Reich, who was fired by the Indianapolis Colts as head coach in November 2022, was hired to a four-year deal by the Panthers in January to succeed Matt Rhule. Reich was 40-33-1 during four-plus seasons in Indianapolis, 1-2 in the postseason.

Reich went to four Super Bowls as a player with the Buffalo Bills, where he was primarily a backup. As a coach, he won a Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2017 season in which he was the offensive coordinator.

In 2017, Reich helped Carson Wentz go 11-2 with MVP-caliber numbers before a season-ending injury and Nick Foles become the Super Bowl MVP in a 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots.

He also worked with future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers with the then-San Diego Chargers and the Colts.

ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.

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