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Players were in no mood for apologies from anyone.

“I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but you have to have competent people,” Carolina receiver Steve Smith said. “And if you’re incompetent, get them out of there.”

And now they are out.

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AP Sports Writers Tim Reynolds in Miami, Tom Withers in Cleveland, Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis, Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., and R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this story.