Panthers fire 3 assistant coaches after 7-9 season

Updated: January 8, 2013, 8:36 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have fired running backs coach John Settle, wide receivers coach Fred Graves and linebackers coach Warren Belin following a 7-9 season.

Tuesday's moves come three days after Panthers head coach Ron Rivera learned he will return for another season.

Rivera says these moves were "tough decisions," adding that "these coaches have played an instrumental role on our staff over the last two seasons. However, I have decided to go in a different direction ...

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