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Rivera Defends Coach Of Struggling Special Teams

2:30 PM, Nov 14, 2011   |    comments
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have no return game to speak of, their high-priced kicker is struggling with accuracy issues and their coverage teams have allowed three punt returns for touchdowns -- one shy of tying an NFL record.

Coach Ron Rivera says he isn't putting the blame on first-year special teams coordinator Brian Murphy.

The coordinator has come under fire from a frustrated fan base after a series of special teams miscues this season.

Rivera staunchly defended Murphy at Monday's press conference, a strong indication he won't be making any changes to his staff.

When asked if he's satisfied with the job Murphy has done, Rivera said, "Don't ask that because I am satisfied, OK? That's not a fair question."

The 2-7 Panthers visit the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

AP

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