Captain Munnerlyn Unhappy with Reduced Role, and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterSeptember 18, 2012

photo courtesy of the Rock Hill Herald
photo courtesy of the Rock Hill Herald

Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is not happy with sharing his starting role. He's saying all the right things to the media, but he's not happy in the least.

“It’s hard to say I’m good with it. But it’s a part of football,” Munnerlyn told reporters from the Charlotte Observer Monday. “I know they need me on special teams. We don’t have a gunner that can run down the field and go out there and make a lot of plays. I’m rotating at corner, which I really don’t like. But I’ve got to do it.”

According to Pro Football Focus (a subscriber-only site), Munnerlyn is doing a little more than sharing. He's playing significantly less than rookie Josh Norman.

Norman has logged 73 snaps in coverage, while Munnerlyn has just 54. On the opposite side of the field, Chris Gamble—who no one will argue has a firm grasp on his starting role—has played 78 snaps in coverage.

Norman's been targeted nine times and given up eight receptions for 102 yards. Munnerlyn has been targeted eight times (in far fewer snaps) and given up six receptions for 47 yards.

Neither cornerback is showing great skills at keeping footballs away from receivers. Until one of them starts to shine, Munnerlyn better get happy with shared time.

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Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta's secondary was superb Monday night and led the Falcons to victory against the Broncos. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution].

Running back Michael Turner was arrested and charged with speeding and driving under the influence early Tuesday morning, according to the Mike Morris of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Carolina Panthers

The trio of running backs—DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert—costs the Panthers $89 million. Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer feels that's a great investment.

The Panthers had no time to celebrate their victory over New Orleans. They play on Thursday against the New York Giants. [Charlotte Observer]


New Orleans Saints

I had to share this cartoon by Steve Kelley of the Times-Picayune with you. Yes, the Saints defense is a bit broken right now.

According to Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo moved his normal press conference from Friday to Monday to get out in front of the defense bashing in New Orleans.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

According to Dory LeBlanc of, no one in the Buccaneers locker room Monday thought of Sunday's loss as a moral victory.

The Tampa Tribune ran an article by Roy Cummings about quarterback Josh Freeman's ability to hit the big play Sunday against New York.