The Panthers fire OC Brady with the team sitting at 5-7

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The Carolina Panthers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Brady with five games left in their season, the team announced Sunday.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said in a statement that he met with Brady on Sunday morning and “informed him that I have decided to make a change.”

“I’m very grateful to him for his time and effort in helping us get established over the last year and a half,” Rhule said.

Senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will take over the offensive coordinator duties with the rest of the offensive coaching team for the remainder of the season.

The Panthers are on their farewell this week.

In October, Rhule said he kept up with Brady but wanted him to get more involved in the running game. However, Brady has never committed to running the game to the level Rhule preferred (at least 30 attempts per game).

The Panthers started the season 3-0, but currently have 5-7. Star runner Christian McCaffrey is out for the season with an ankle injury while the team has started three different quarterbacks. Sam Darnold had a hard time after a strong start in the first three games and is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Cam Newton now starts as a quarterback in his second inning with the franchise.

Brady joined the Panthers in January 2020 after helping LSU win a national championship as the Tigers’ passing game coordinator.

ESPN’s David Newton contributed to this report.


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