Panthers Head Coach Frank Reich Takes Back Play-Calling Duties From OC Thomas Brown

Frank Reich giving an interview during the Super Bowl LII Opening Night in 2018
Frank Reich giving an interview during the Super Bowl LII Opening Night in 2018. Photo by Charles Baus/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9342840bm)

The Carolina Panthers’ head coach Frank Reich will take over the play-calling duties on the offense for the Week 11 clash against the Dallas Cowboys. Reich himself confirmed the news while talking with reporters on Wednesday.

Reich called plays for the first six weeks of the 2023 NFL season, but the Panthers’ struggles on the offense prompted him to hand over the playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown. However, Brown didn’t find any more success than Reich did, with Carolina scoring just two offensive touchdowns.

Explaining his decision, Reich said that his decision wasn’t a reflection of Brown’s abilities but rather him doing what’s best for the team. 

“Just to get started, because I know someone will ask — regarding the playcalling — I am gonna resume the playcalling duties,” Reich told reporters. “This is not about Thomas. This is about me, it’s about the team. I’m in the position I’m in because of years of being a successful offensive coordinator and playcaller. We have eight games left, and I just wanna give my attention and everything I can do and everything I can bring to bear to help the offense take a next step.”

The Carolina Panthers currently have the worst record in the league at 1-8. They are 29th in points per game and 25th in total yards gained.

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