- Carolina Panthers sacked head coach Frank Reich on 27 Nov
- The Panthers ended up with a 1-10 record under Reich and put his position under pressure
- Reich said he holds no ill will towards Panthers owner David Tepper
The Carolina Panthers have struggled this NFL season under head coach Frank Reich and were under a lot of pressure on Sunday when they took on the Tennessee Titans.
The Panthers went into the game with a 1-9 record and a 0-5 record in away games.
Frank Reich Sacked After Titans Loss
The Panthers played poorly yet again in Nashville against the Titans and ended up losing 17-10. After suffering another embarrassing loss that brought their record to 1-10 and 0-6 in away games, Panthers owner David Tepper had enough and decided it was time to sack Frank Reich.
The sacking did not come as a surprise as Reich did not perform as per expectations. He also became the first coach in NFL history to be sacked in consecutive seasons as he was fired last season from the Indianapolis Colts. The Panthers also sacked Josh McCown who was the quarterbacks coach and Duce Staley who was the running backs and assistant head coach.
Reich who is 62 years old knows that it will now be difficult for him to land another head coach role in the NFL after being sacked in two consecutive seasons and admitted that this is likely the end of the road for him as a head coach in American football‘s big leagues.
David Tepper released a short statement confirming that he had informed Coach Reich of his termination and wished him well. Reich was on a 4 year contract with the Panthers but did not even complete one year on the contract.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 27, 2023
Reich Has No Ill Feelings Towards Tepper
Reich spoke to The Charlotte Observer and said he has deeply disappointed with the results this season and felt for the fans and the team.
In a statement, Reich said
I want to convey that I have nothing but positive thoughts about Mr. Tepper. On a personal level, I saw a side of him that I deeply respect and care about. But the NFL is a meritocracy. It’s not unconditional love. I understand from a professional standpoint Mr. Tepper is going to have certain standards that he expects to have met. I have no hard feelings, and my personal relationship with him was actually a real highlight of this short time.