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.
"Both have been with the Panthers for a very long time", NBC Charlotte Sports Director Nick Carboni said following the announcement.
Shula has spent the past five seasons as Carolina's offensive coordinator after serving as the Panthers' quarterback coach during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Shula - the son of former Miami Dolphins coach and National Football League all-time winningest coach Don Shula - had been with the Panthers since the 2011 season.
Shula has coached 30 years, 26 of those in the NFL.
Panthers fire OC Mike Shula and QB coach Ken Dorsey
The Panthers in 2017 finished 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), fourth in rushing (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7).
Team officials did not say who the Panthers plan on pursuing as Shula and Dorsey's replacements.
However, its passing game has never taken off. Carolina entered as the No. 5 seed following a 11-5 finish to the season.
With the early round exit, changes are coming for the Panthers this offseason, the biggest of which will be the sale of the team.