Carolina Panthers: For Fox or Not for Fox?

Dylan LevinsonCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2008

John Fox has been the Carolina Panthers' coach for five years now.

He brought them from a one win team to a Super Bowl contender.  Two years later he brought the Panthers to the NFC Championship. 

The last two years, John Fox's Panthers have been .500 or worse.

Coach Fox, what have you done for us lately?

Two years ago, the Panthers finished the season 8-8 after being picked by many as a Super Bowl team.  On Fox's side I must say that the Panthers suffered two starting player injuries in the first game of the season and more as the season dragged on. 

Against Fox, I have to contend that the Panthers offense was absolutely deplorable that season.  In my opinion, Fox was too conservative in his play calling, and I have a feeling that the offensive coordinator did not have much influence on that. 

Even on defense, Fox rarely blitzed that season.  As the season finished, I clearly did not want Fox to remain the head coach.

But he did remain, and I looked forward to next season.

As next season started, the 2007 campaign, Fox hired a new offensive coordinator.  I believed Fox would let this coordinator call most of the offensive plays and I was thrilled.  The season started and the Panthers came out with an offense I hadn't seen in a very long time.  They were not conservative at all. 

Then, turmoil came when Jake Delhomme was injured for the season.  Fox went back to a very conservative style of play and the Panthers finished 7-9. 

Fox is a great defensive coach, but I do not know why he would take the reigns on so many offensive plays.  I feel as though Fox is not the right coach for this Carolina Panthers team.  He may be a great defensive coordinator in the near future; in fact, I believe he will be a defensive coordinator in the future.

In my opinion, I vote not for Fox.  He just doesn't fit the Panther's offense.  In all defense to him, I must say that the Panthers have had more injuries than any coach could bargain for. 

The Panthers are giving Fox another chance, but my confidence in him is nearly gone.  Again, I'm looking forward to next year.

Let's just hope Fox has some tricks up his sleeve.


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