When the Panthers announced that ST Coordinator Brian Murphy had been fired on November 12 after an ugly loss to the Denver Broncos at home, many fans weren't surprised by the move. In fact, the decision to part ways with Murphy was largely celebrated by Panthers fans. Whether it was the sour taste that the Broncos game had left in our mouths, or if it was something deeper was uncertain, but the fact that hardly anyone was upset at the coaching change spoke volumes about the status of the Panthers' 2012 ST unit.

When a team makes a coaching change, the first thing that fans want to know is if the move is going to make a positive difference. After watching the Panthers allow Trindon Holliday to return punts like Devin Hester the previous Sunday afternoon, most fans didn't think the replacement for Murphy could possibly be any worse. Well, as it turns out, they were right. Richard Rogers wasn't any worse than Brian Murphy. In fact, he was slightly better, but what you're about to see might fool you. Contrary to popular belief, Murphy's unit wasn't as bad as most people think.

Let's take a look at some numbers, shall we?

Before we get to the numbers, I should probably tell you what you're going to be looking at. I collected information on the amount of punts, returns, return yards, fair catches, downed punts, touchbacks, out of bounds punts, and blocked punts for each game, and then I totaled the results and came up with an average per game for each figure. I did the same thing for kickoff returns by tallying the amount of returns, return yards, touchbacks, and touchdowns.