Another Panthers Player Publicly Airs Frustration, and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers yells at Captain Munnerlyn #41 during a game against the Chicago Bears on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 23-12. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn wasn't happy after his team's loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. And as is becoming commonplace among the Panthers' players, Munnerlyn let his frustration be known in a public forum.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Munnerlyn all but called out defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for lousy play-calling.

I just play the defense they call, but you gotta switch it up. I felt like Jay Cutler, he knew what we were in. So he knew the weakness of the defense and they attacked it.

(Cutler) was real rattled. I feel like we did a great job on him. We know once you get after Jay Cutler, I think Charles Woodson said it, he'll fold. But he kept fighting, he overcame that and he got his team the win.

The National Football Post continued reporting on Munnerlyn's tirade. The Panthers' corner said Cutler and the Bears' offense repeatedly hit Carolina with the same play and no one adjusted.

They did the same play at the end, I think four or five times in a row and they got the win.

Cutler concurred with Munnerlyn's report.

They were playing one coverage and we just kept hitting them and hitting them and hitting them. That’s pretty much it.

This is sure to get ugly this week. On one hand, just as Ron Rivera took heat last week for not utilizing his highly-paid running back corps, McDermott is going to have to answer for not adjusting during a game, a move that may have cost Carolina a win.

Then again, someone is going to have to gain control of the Panthers' locker room. Munnerlyn isn't the first player to go off on a teammate or a coach this season. If there's no control in the locker room to guard against a team's dirty laundry being aired, how can there be control on the field of play?


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave out a lot of top scores on their report card from Sunday's win over the Eagles.

The game plan on defense was to get to Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, according to Daniel Cox of Mission accomplished.


Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith isn't a happy man right now, according to the Associated Press. He questioned the direction of the team.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer thinks it's time to trade DeAngelo Williams if the Panthers get a good price.


New Orleans Saints

With Sunday night's loss, WWL-TV suggests reality should be setting in on the lost season for New Orleans.

In this Times-Picayune video, Jeff Duncan and Mike Triplett talk about the Saints defense going from bad to worse.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No one from the league, the Buccaneers or from Eric Wright's management team have confirmed, but Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer reported that Wright is facing a four-game suspension for using Adderall.

Greg Schiano praised the offensive line for stepping up in the Minnesota game. [Pewter Report]