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Panthers Changing Several Assistant Coaches

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule calls out from the bench in the first half of an NFL...
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule calls out from the bench in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)(Derick Hingle | AP)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 4:38 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have fired three coaches, including special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn, offensive line coach Pat Meyer and defensive line coach Frank Okam. Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said yesterday the team’s primary goal this offseason was to improve its offensive and defensive lines, saying that success “starts up front.” Carolina’s offensive line struggled all season and quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Cam Newton spent most of the season under duress. The Panthers allowed 52 sacks, fifth most in the NFL and the team finished 5-12.

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