CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Carolina Panthers have fired two defensive coaches amid a four-game losing streak.
Defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura were fired following the Panthers 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Head coach Ron Rivera will handle defensive play-calling duties.
“In my judgment, I felt this was best for the team moving forward,” Rivera said. “These are always difficult decisions, and I thank Brady and Jeff for their hard work. Ultimately, I’m charged with putting the team in the best position to succeed, and I felt these moves were necessary in order to do that.”
Eric Washington will oversee the defensive front seven.
Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.
After sitting at 6-2 on the season, the Panthers have fallen to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and then Tampa Bay.
Before Sunday’s loss, CBS Sports reported Panthers owner David Tepper had become “increasingly frustrated with the team’s recent performances and is mulling major changes.”