Say what you will about the recent conservative play-calling from the Panthers sidelines, but the coaching of John Fox has brought the Carolina Panthers to the elite level.
In 2001, the Carolina Panthers had a disastrous 1-15 season under coach George Seifert. John Fox took over following that season and won his very first game as head coach. After a series of losses, the Panthers improved substatially to 7-9 that year.
Only one season later, the Panthers faced the Patriots in Superbowl XXXVIII and lost only by a last minute field goal to finish the game 32-29. John Fox follows Vince Lombardi and Bill Parcells as the only head coaches to take over a team that won only 1 game the previous season and them bring them to the Super Bowl.
The Panthers made it to the NFC Championship game in 2005 but lost to the Seattle Sehawks. The Panthers did not make it into the playoffs for the 2006 or 2007 seasons which drew outrage from some fans.
The primary reason for the Panthers struggling seasons was injuries to key personnel. Through it all though, John Fox still succeded. In 2007 he became the first coach in 10 years to win at least 1 game with four starting quarterbacks.
Despite fickle fans calling for Fox to be fired last season, Jerry Richardson decided to keep him on as head coach. This season ended with the best regular season record in franchise history and is still going strong.