Saints offensive lineman Erik McCoy screaming at Derek Carr. Photo Credit: Fox

The New Orleans Saints are facing off against the 1-11 Carolina Panthers on Sunday, a game that most would assume to be a pretty worry-free game for the Saints. However, the Saints had their fair share of adversity in the game, including a heated interaction between starting quarterback Derek Carr and starting center Erik McCoy.

Carr and the Saints were in a very close game midway through the third quarter, leading by only one score. After a Panthers field goal to make it an eight-point game, the Saints went three and out after Carr took a sack on third down.

As the Saints began to walk off the field on fourth down, Erik McCoy got into the face of Derek Carr, seemingly screaming at him for taking the sack.

McCoy had to be held back by teammates as he continued to berate Carr for the play. And unfortunately, things spilled over onto the sidelines as the Panthers’ offense took the field after the fourth down punt.

According to Jeff Duncan of, McCoy was still irate on the bench, and had to be calmed down by teammates Alvin Kamara and Lynn Bowden.

It’s pretty rare that you will ever see an offensive lineman go after a starting quarterback like this. Especially a veteran quarterback who has years of experience under his belt like Derek Carr.

Fans had plenty to say about the interaction on social media shortly after it happened.

This is obviously a pretty concerning development for the Saints which could hint at a fracture in the locker room for the team.

Luckily, they were able to get control of this game against the Panthers. They would cruise to a 28-6 victory over Carolina after scoring 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

More importantly, they are now tied for the division lead in the NFC South after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

That being said, the Saints will need to maintain their team chemistry if they are going to take control of the NFC South down the stretch of this season.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.