A difficult season for the Carolina Panthers took another twist.
The team, which has lost three of its last four, has fired Joe Brady as its offensive coordinator. The Panthers made the announcement in a news release posted to their official website.
Brady, 32, was in only his second season
"I met with Joe this morning and informed him that I have decided to make a change," Panthers coach Matt Rhule Sunday in a release. "I'm very grateful to him for his time and effort in helping us get established over this past year and a half."
Carolina also announced that senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will take the lead in coordinating the team's offense.
The Panthers entered Sunday ranking 28th in total offense (308.7 yards per game), 27th in third-down efficiency (34.78%) and 23rd in scoring offense (19.7 points per game)
Brady was placed in a difficult position this season. After having some success last season with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, Carolina traded the veteran to the Broncos and acquired former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.
Darnold, who had struggled in his time in New York, started hot in 2021, but his play tapered off before he suffered a shoulder injury. Then, Carolina signed Cam Newton, who had been a free agent since the Patriots cut him in August. Newton initially served as a change-of-pace quarterback in his first game back, but Rhule opted to make him the starter, though incorporating him into the offense has proven to be a challenge for the team. Newton was benched last week in his second start after completing just five of 21 attempts for 92 yards in a 33-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Brady was hired to Carolina with high expectations after he had become one of the young stars in football with his work at LSU. Brady was one of the masterminds of the record-setting Tigers offense that featured quarterback Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase (both of whom are now with the Bengals) and was part of the team that won the 2020 College Football Playoff.
The Panthers (5-7) are on their bye week and will host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
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