CHARLOTTE, NC – Just one day after being routed 36-14 by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera announced the release of special teams coordinator Brian Murphy.
Richard Rodgers, the team’s assistant special teams coach, will replace Murphy and Rivera said the move was due to “philosophical differences and productivity.”
“I told coach Rodgers what I wanted,” he said. “I wanted things simplified. I wanted to come back to fundamental basics and that’s the direction we’re going to head right now.”
The Panthers allowed a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Denver’s Trindon Holliday on Sunday as they dropped to a disappointing record of 2-7.
During Carolina’s dismal season, high-powered California political officials have been courting Panthers owner Jerry Richardson in the hopes of bringing the team to Los Angeles but his response remains the same.
He has no intentions of moving out of the Carolinas.
“It has always been my desire that the Carolinas would be the home of our Panthers,” said Richardson. “Nothing has changed. As someone who was born in North Carolina and lived much of my life in South Carolina, I hope that there would be no doubts about my personal devotion to the Carolinas.”