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Ron Rivera defends Brian Murphy

Updated: November 14, 2011, 4:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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 said 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 ...

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