CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers special teams coordinator Brian Murphy on Monday became the latest casualty of Carolina's disappointing season.
Coach Ron Rivera announced the Panthers (2-7) fired Murphy one day after Carolina surrendered a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown to Trindon Holliday in Sunday's 36-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Rivera said he 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 said the decision was made because of "philosophical differences and productivity."
Earlier this year, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired general manager Marty Hurney after the team lost its fifth straight game. Hurney has yet to be replaced, but the team has hired former New York Giants GM Ernie Accorsi to serve as a consultant to lead the search for Hurney's replacement.
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