The Carolina Panthers have hired Frank Reich as their next head coach, the team announced Thursday.
The move is a homecoming for Reich, who most recently served as the Colts’ head coach for five seasons before being fired in November 2022. Before that, however, Reich was an NFL quarterback who was the first caller in Panthers history during the franchise’s inaugural season in 1995.
Reich threw the first touchdown pass in franchise history during the team’s first offensive drive against the Falcons in Week 1 of the 1995 season. leaving the Panthers after that year. Reich eventually began coaching and won the Super Bowl after the 2017 season as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator. Soon after, he landed the head coaching job with the Colts, where he led Indianapolis to the playoffs in 2018 and 2020.
The Panthers went 7-10 in 2022. Carolina bounced back after firing head coach Matt Rhule after a 1-4 start, going 6-6 the rest of the way under coach interim chief Steve Wilks, who was reportedly Reich’s runner-up for the full-time job.
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