Panthers fire special teams coach Brian Murphy

Panthers fire special teams coach Brian Murphy

Credit: Jeff Siner - Charlotte Observer

(L-R) Carolina Panthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy and head coach Ron Rivera talk with (41) cornerback Captain Munnerlyn following a failed runback during first quarter action vs the Denver Broncos on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The Broncos defeated the Panthers 36-14.

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 9:43 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he has fired special teams coordinator Brian Murphy after the team gave up a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Trindon Holliday in Sunday's 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos. 

Rivera has promoted assistant special teams coach Richard Rodgers to coordinator. Rodgers, in his first season in Carolina, was a college teammate of Rivera's at Cal. 

Rivera says the decision was made because of "philosophical differences and productivity." 

The Panthers (2-7) gave up three punt returns for touchdowns last season but Murphy kept his job. The latest snafu, which gave the Broncos a 14-7 in the second quarter and turned the momentum of the game, proved to be his undoing. 

Rivera says he's also disappointed in the team's performance on kickoff returns.
 

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