Panthers Fire Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey; Promote Chase Blackburn to Take His Spot

The Panthers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports. The team has promoted Chase Blackburn to take McGaughey’s place after his contract was not renewed.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the news.

McGaughey could draw interest from the New York Giants, where former Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman is now in charge.

Did The Panthers Follow the Correct Concussion Protocol Regarding Cam Newton in the Wild Card Loss?

There’s been plenty of back and forth about the injury that Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered last week during the teams’ wild card loss to the New Orleans Saints, and if the team did the right thing allowing him to return to the game.

ESPN reports that the league is now looking into the incident and if the proper concussion protocol was followed by Carolina, and if there needs to be action taken against the league.

As the league investigates whether the concussion protocol was properly followed with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday in New Orleans, the NFL now has an unexpected factor to consider.

In addition to getting poked in the eye as the team said he was, Newton also injured his knee during the Panthers’ 31-26 wild-card loss to the Saints. The NFL learned about the injury while interviewing Panthers officials over the phone this week.

A league source told ESPN that the bothersome knee injury was a contributing factor when Newton staggered to the ground and struggled to stay balanced once he took a knee after a hard hit to the head from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata.

Newton underwent an MRI for the knee injury Monday, which came back positive but is not considered serious, according to a source. A source also told ESPN that Newton would have been ready to play had the Panthers advanced to this weekend’s NFC divisional playoff game.

The Panthers said Newton was poked in the eye and evaluated for a concussion. However, Newton was taken only to the team’s blue medical tent, not the locker room as new NFL rules mandate.

Panthers LB Thomas Davis: 2018 Will Be My Last Season

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis jokes at times that he’s a “lifer” in Charlotte, and based on a report from NFL Media on Friday, he will end up as one Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Davis told the outlet’s Brooke Cersosimo that 2018 will be his final season as an NFL player, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who tweeted the news on Friday afternoon. Davis reportedly will be in studio with the outlet this weekend.

During the team’s locker cleanout last week after a wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints, Davis said he expects to play a “reduced role” on defense in 2018. Backup Shaq Thompson will step into a larger role.

“I’m definitely not sitting here saying that I’m conceding to becoming a backup by any means, but it was a tough year for me dealing with a bunch of injuries and not really being able to go out there and perform like I know I’m capable of performing, until like the last couple of weeks of the season when I completely felt fresh, felt healed,” he said. “I had a huge setback early in the season with the rib injury that caused a lot of problems for me. If you play this game long enough, things are going to happen to you. You just have be able to endure enough to come back from them.”

Norv Turner ‘Agrees in Principle’ to Take Over the Panthers Offense as OC

It sounds like it’s official, as Norv Turner is set to take over for Mike Shula, and become the new offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

Turner, 65, was away from coaching this past season after spending the last four decades coaching in either college or the NFL. Turner’s last job was as offensive coordinator of the Vikings. He came to Minnesota in 2014 and left abruptly in 2016 seven games into the season.

Turner has previously worked with Panthers coach Ron Rivera when the two were with the Chargers. Turner was the head coach from 2007-2012 and Rivera served as the linebackers coach in 2007 and defensive coordinator from 2008-2010 before joining the Panthers.

Panthers to Interview Norv Turner as Possible New Offensive Coordinator

It’s sounding like the Panthers are turning to an old friend of Panthers head coach Ron Rivera as the teams new offensive coordinator.

Sporting News reports that the team will speak to Norv Turner, and that he’ll interview with the teams on Wednesday.

A source told Sporting News that Turner will fly to Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday for an interview to replace Mike Shula, who was fired earlier in the day in the aftermath of Carolina’s first-round playoff loss to the Saints. Shula had served as offensive coordinator the past three seasons after being promoted from quarterbacks coach in 2015.

Turner and Rivera became close during the former’s time coaching the then-San Diego Chargers. Rivera served as linebackers coach in 2007 and defensive coordinator from 2008-10 before becoming Carolina’s head coach in 2011.

Turner, 65, hasn’t coached since resigning as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator during the 2016 season; however, a source told Sporting News he was amenable to returning elsewhere under the right circumstances.

Panthers Fire OC Mike Shula and QB Coach Ken Dorsey

The Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, the team said in a release.

Shula spent the past seven seasons with Carolina, working as quarterbacks coach for two seasons before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013. Dorsey served as quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons following two years as a pro scout for Carolina.

The moves came after the Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints 31-26 in a wild-card game Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Panthers in 2017 finished 19th in total offense (323.7 yards per game), fourth in rushing (131.4), 28th in passing (192.3) and 12th in points (22.7).

Panthers OG Trai Turner Out for Sunday’s Big Showdown with Atlanta

Panthers right offensive guard Trai Turner was unable to clear the NFL concussion protocol and has been ruled out of Sunday’s regular season finale against the Atlanta Falcons according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Turner appeared to be on the right track following three limited practices this week but was unable to clear the final hurdle. Fortunately for the Panthers, they have already secure a playoff berth and Turner should be ready to play in the Wild Card round next weekend.

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