The Thomas Brown play-calling revel in in Carolina is over.
Two days after Carolina Panthers head trainer Frank Reich mentioned he was once “nonetheless comparing” who would name the performs within the staff’s Week 11 matchup vs. the Dallas Cowboys, the trainer ended the theory at the start of his press convention on Wednesday.
“Simply to get began, as a result of I do know anyone will ask — in regards to the play-calling — I’m gonna resume the play-calling tasks,” Reich advised journalists. “This isn’t about Thomas. That is about me, it’s concerning the staff. I’m within the place I’m in as a result of years of being a a success offensive coordinator and play-caller. Now we have 8 video games left, and I simply wanna give my consideration and the whole lot I will be able to do and the whole lot I will be able to deliver to undergo to lend a hand the offense take a subsequent step.”
After being named the play caller heading into Carolina’s Week 7 bye, issues began off … neatly for Brown in his first sport. The Panthers gained their most effective sport of the season whilst he was once in fee — a 15-13 victory over then 3-3 Houston Texans and second-overall select quarterback C.J. Stroud.
After that, even though, the offense has appeared completely anemic and scored most effective two offensive touchdowns.
Reich mentioned that the method will probably be a shared duty, and this is not a punishment of Brown.
“It’ll nonetheless be collaborative,” Reich mentioned. “Thomas remains to be runnin’ the display so far as the offense and the entire set up conferences and game-planning. He’s nonetheless proper on the heart, me and him workin’ in combination like we’ve been all yr. I consider Thomas greater than any one, and he’s helped me turn out to be a greater trainer and a greater guy. So this isn’t about that. That is concerning the staff, that is about us all playin’ the function that we expect can lend a hand us those remaining 8 video games.”
In October, Reich knowledgeable journalists that he could be delegating the playing-calling obligations to Brown. The staff was once 0-6 and wanted a spark, so it switched issues up. Finally, even though, the consequences had been worse.
Carolina’s offense averaged much less in each pertinent class. The Panthers scored 5 much less issues in keeping with sport, threw for 23.7 fewer yards, and rushed for 23 much less yards, too, within the 3 video games that Brown referred to as performs.
Quarterback Bryce Younger, the No. 1-overall select in April, additionally suffered. In comparison to the six touchdowns and 4 interceptions he tossed whilst Reich was once operating the display, he threw two touchdowns to a few interceptions below Brown.
Total, Carolina’s offense has been dangerous all season, because it ranks thirtieth in general offense and twenty ninth in scoring.
All of this comes at the heels of the Panthers management is appearing up at Wednesday’s apply.
#Panthers GM Scott Fitterer and AGM Dan Morgan, HC Frank Reich, senior defensive assistant Dom Capers, and plenty of others, together with Nicole Tepper, watched OL vs. DL drills at apply.
It was once extraordinarily obvious that it was once a focal point for staff management nowadays at the apply box.
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) November 15, 2023
The staff does not personal a primary spherical select — due to its business with the Chicago Bears to transport up within the draft — and is the worst staff within the NFL at 1-8.
Carolina in fact simply misplaced to the Bears on Thursday night time, additional serving to Chicago get ever nearer to having the highest select within the 2024 NFL Draft.