Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich talks on the field Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, before a game against the Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Max Gersh/IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports
Frank Reich was named the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.
Reich becomes the sixth head coach in Panthers' franchise history. He also served as the first starting quarterback for the franchise in 1995, and he tossed the first touchdown pass in team history.
Reich, 61, received a second interview with owner David Tepper and the team's search committee this week.
He joins the Panthers after being fired by the Indianapolis Colts nine games into the 2022 season. He posted a 40-33-1 record in four-plus seasons in Indianapolis and guided the club to two postseason appearances.
Steve Wilks served as the interim coach of the Panthers after replacing Matt Rhule, who was fired Oct. 10 after a 1-4 start. Carolina finished with a 7-10 mark and has missed the playoffs in each of the five seasons since Tepper brought the franchise in 2018 for a then-NFL-record $2.275 billion.
Reich is viewed as an offensive-minded coach, which is of stark contract to the Panthers' first four head coaches in franchise history.
Dom Capers, George Seifert, John Fox and Ron Rivera all rose through the ranks as defensive coordinators, while Rhule didn't really hold a distinction as either an offensive or defensive coach. Wilks' background also was on defense.
The Panthers' passing offense ranked 29th in yards per game (176.2) this season. The team averaged just 20.4 points per contest, which ranked 20th in the league.
Reich will take hold of a team that is unsettled at best at quarterback. The Baker Mayfield experience was a bust, with the former No. 1 overall pick being released on Dec. 5.
Sam Darnold, who was taken two picks behind Mayfield in the 2018 NFL Draft, has thrown for just 16 touchdowns to go along with 16 interceptions in 18 games over two seasons with Carolina.
The Panthers may look to address the quarterback position in the 2023 NFL Draft. The team owns the No. 9 overall pick.
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