He was informed of the news after meeting with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. His job was in limbo leading up to the meeting.
With the opportunity to comeback, it is unclear at this time whether he will have to make changes to his coaching staff. He may have to wait until a new general manager is appointed by the team, before having to make any changes.
This season, the Panthers started out of the gates with a 1-5 record. Richardson decided to fire GM Marty Hurney after that start.
Then, the Panthers went 6-4 in the final 10 games to finish the season. The Panthers finished with a 7-9 mark.
In two years, he is 13-19 as the Panthers head coach. He has a .406 win percentage with the team.
This is his first head coaching experience, after being the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator from 2008 to 2010. He was also the Chargers linebackers coach in 2007.
He served as the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006. He was the Eagles linebackers coach from 1999 to 2003.
He was also the Bears Defensive Quality Control Coach in 1997 and 1998.