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.