Panthers fire OC Mike Shula and QB coach 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.

The Carolina Panthers are not messing around after losing in the NFC Wildcard Playoffs to the division-rival New Orleans Saints this past weekend.

Shula spent seven seasons with the Panthers, working his first two in 2011-12 as the team's quarterbacks coach. Carolina failed to finish in the top 10 in scoring offense in each of the past two seasons and ranked 19th in total yards each season during that span.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will have a new offensive coordinator and position coach in 2018.

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Shula was originally hired by the Panthers at the conclusion of the 2010 season in order to serve as the franchise's quarterbacks coach.

One potential replacement is Panthers offensive assistant Ron Turner, but it's possible Rivera could look outside the organization to make a change.

However, its passing game has never taken off.

Newton has posted the worst two quarterback passer ratings of his seven-year National Football League career in the past two seasons.

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