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Angry Carolina Panthers Pop off in Public, and More NFC South News

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers pressures quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he scrambles out of the pocket during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterNovember 19, 2012

After the Carolina Panthers found yet another way to lose a football game, and now that they have a 2-8 record, it's easy to see how some players could get frustrated.

Since the Panthers have not been shy all season about airing dirty laundry in public, why shouldn't defensive end Charles Johnson get into the mix?

Johnson wasn't the only player to call someone out. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell questioned the play-calling on offense.

“It’s hard to say, but in that four-minute offense everyone in the stadium thought we were going to run the ball,” LaFell said to the Charlotte Observer. “It’s already hard to run the ball against a good defense like this. So when you get negative plays and put yourself in third-and-long, you are kind of kicking yourself in the butt.”


Things have been ugly, both on the field and off, in Charlotte for some time and will likely get worse. The coaching staff seems to have no control over what the players are doing, and worse yet, the coaching staff has no control over the outcome of the games.

 

Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted its report card from Atlanta's 23-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders if the Falcons raced away from the Georgia Dome Sunday, hoping no one would take their ugly win away.

 

Carolina Panthers

Special teams and coaching received an 'F' from the Charlotte Observer in its report card from Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer wonders just how much worse it can get for the Panthers in finding new ways to lose.

 

New Orleans Saints

The Saints have caught fire and Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports feels the rest of the NFC should be scared.

Times-Picayune writers Larry Holder and Nakia Hogan discuss the Saints' balanced offense.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pewter Report looks at the most impressive and disappointing aspects from Sunday's win over Carolina. 

Josh Freeman said he made way too many mistakes on Sunday, but his team never lost faith. [Tampa Tribune]

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