Panthers Continue to Clean House, Fire Two Coaches

The Carolina Panthers picked up their seventh loss of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9, and the humiliating 42-21 defeat cost a couple coaches their jobs. ESPN's Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that the Panthers had fired cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper and defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni.

The Panthers were particularly disastrous on defense this past week, falling behind 35-0 at the end of the first half. Parting ways with Cooper and Pasqualoni won't necessarily turn around the struggling unit, but it will clarify expectations throughout the organization.

At 2-7, the Panthers appear to be throwing in the towel on their season. They've already fired their opening-day head coach Matt Rhule, and the fact that they've done away with a pair of defensive coaches speaks to their dissatisfaction with the performance of interim head coach Steve Wilks, their former defensive pass game coordinator. The team ranks 29th in the league in points allowed.

The Carolina Panthers will have to adjust to their new coaching hierarchy in a hurry. They face the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

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