Because of a disappointing 2007 season, head coach John Fox was on the hot seat a bit for the Carolina Panthers. But he had his team playing consistently in nearly every facet of the game in 2008, leading them to a 12-4 record, an NFC South championship, and the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
However, that playoff loss to the Cardinals was very significant.
Coming off a 12-4 season, the fact that Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox never has put back-to-back winning seasons together is something that is not lost on Jerry Richardson, the owner. Last season's playoff loss to Arizona was a huge disappointment and Fox will be under pressure to win this year.
Fox’s current contract runs through 2010. If he wins in 2009, he will get a new contract. If he does not win, he may be in trouble.
Signed by Carolina in 2002, John Fox is the Panthers’ third head coach in their short team history.
Only two starters from offense, wide receiver Steve Smith and fullback Brad Hoover, remain from the team Fox inherited. There are none on defense and one from special teams - placekicker John Kasay, the last original Panther. Fox did quickly reverse a few seasons with losing trends, which included a 1-15 embarrassment.
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Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
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