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Ron Rivera fires Brady Hoke and Jeff Imamura, will take over play-calling duties from Eric Washington

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Brady Hoke and Jeff Imamura have been relieved of their duties as defensive line and secondary coaches

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Ron Rivera has made some changes to his defensive coaching staff after four straight losses. Defensive line coach Brady Hoke and secondary coach Jeff Imamura have been fired. Max Henson, of panthers.com, is reporting that Rivera is taking over play calling duties and will focus on coaching the secondary. Eric Washington will focus more on coaching and coordinating the front seven.

The Panthers secondary and their defensive line have fallen apart at key times during almost every game this season. This is Ron Rivera’s major shake up to try to save his job. Not only has he fired the assistant coaches responsible for those struggling units, he has effectively demoted new defensive coordinator Eric Washington. The defense from here forward will be unequivocally Rivera’s. We will learn over the next four games if the problems have been due to player talent or coaching.

Much of the team came forward yesterday after the game to affirm their support of Rivera and his job as head coach for the Panthers. They haven’t quit on him. Rivera will have a chance to change the narrative against the toughest stretch of schedule they have faced all season.