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Players, coaches say Panthers face leadership void

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- Coaches and players agree with ousted general manager Marty Hurney's assessment that there's a leadership void in the Panthers locker room.

After being fired Monday Hurney suggested more players need to "step and up and say enough is enough'' when it comes to losing games.

He says leadership in an NFL locker room is critical.

Quarterback Cam Newton says "I think Marty hit the nail on the head'' and that there's "not been enough (leadership) consistently'' in the locker room.

The Panthers (1-5) have lost four close games.

Coach Ron Rivera says "not enough guys have stepped up'' and "there's the inability that some people have to do that, but those that have it need to step up and put it on the line.''

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