The story of the week, which could extend well beyond a five-day, post-NFL Sunday news cycle, arises from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s public complaints about the failure of officials to throw penalty flags for roughing the passer. Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy believes that Cam shouldn’t have been the one to complain.

“I said on [Football Night in America] if I was the head coach I would’ve never let it happen that way,” Dungy said on Thursday’s PFT Live. “Now maybe [Panthers coach] Ron Rivera didn’t have an idea that Cam was going to do that but to me the way to handle that, if I saw Peyton Manning getting hit like that, I would be out in front. I would take the fines. I would go public. [Colts owner] Jim Irsay would be calling the Commissioner up in arms, which happens. Many owners have called the Commissioner when their quarterback hasn’t gotten protected. But the quarterback has to be the front man and say, ‘Hey, it is what it is. I’m going to go out there and play.’ Not have any hint that it’s getting under his skin. Everybody else in the organization has to do the complaining, and that’s where I thought Carolina was wrong.”

Dungy also believes it would be wrong to adopt replay review on a blanket basis for roughing the passer calls and non-calls.