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Panthers Fire Two Coaches in Response to Brutal Week 9 Loss

Tyler Maher
The Carolina Panthers fired two more coaches after their terrible Week 9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Carolina Panthers fired two more coaches after their terrible Week 9 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

We're only halfway through the 2022 NFL season, and the Carolina Panthers' roster already looks completely different than the one that started the year just two months ago. Star players have been traded away, the quarterback situation has changed and the coaching staff has been gutted, especially after Sunday's embarrassing 42-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Panthers continued to blow up their team by firing two more coaches after Week 9's blowout dropped their record to 2-7, keeping them in last place in the NFC South.

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Not surprisingly, both dismissals came on the defensive end after Carolina surrendered 42 points and 464 yards to Cincinnati -- both season-worsts. The Panthers let go cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper and defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni, addressing deficiencies upfront and in the secondary.

Carolina's defense has taken a major step back this year, ranking 29th in points per game allowed and 27th in yards per game allowed. The unit wasn't showing any signs of turning things around, either, after giving up 79 points and 870 yards over the last two weeks combined.

With head coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow already let go, the Panthers have experienced the most significant turnover of any NFL coaching staff this season. The front office clearly believes new leadership is needed on the field to get the team moving in the right direction.

Carolina has a quick turnaround for its next game with a Thursday Night Football matchup on tap against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. The Panthers enter that game as 3-point home underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds, which seems fair considering that Carolina lost to Atlanta by three points in overtime during Week 8.

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