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October 12, 2009

#Panthers coach John Fox's Monday transcript

Here's coach John Fox's Monday news conference, edited for brevity and clarity:

Q. How does it feel the day after a victory?

"It's like the sky is bluer, even though it's not real blue (on a rainy day)."

Q. Any injury updates?

"No new updates. Captain Munnerlyn came out briefly with a shoulder. It's the only injury in the game. I don't know the extent to that yet."

Q. Talk about the affect Hollis Thomas had on the game.

"He's a big body. Every once in a while you get double teamed in there and that size is a big advantage. We call that the 600-pound block. That's when you get two 300-pound linemen coming off you. He's got the size and that helped quite a bit.There's also zone blocking where you have to get down the line of scrimmage and stay in your gap and not get displaced in your gap. He had a good first game as a Panther."

Q. Was it unfair to ask Nick Hayden, who's not as big, to do that job?

"Nick has done a good job. Unfortunately he had a toe injury and that can weigh heavily on how you push off, how quick you are, how powerful you are. It hadn't been just one guy. It was a setback for Nick. It wasn't his weight, he just had a little nick on his toe."

Q. How did the team respond after DeAngelo Hall's interception and it appeared that things would get really bad?

"It's human nature. When you have bad stuff happen, sometime people panic, sometimes they go in the tank. If you're a real competitor, you can't do that. You fight that in any sport. They weren't happy about it, they weren't jumping around with excitement. They said, We've got to rally and get back to it. When things go poorly, you've got to change the ebb and I thought we did."

Q. Your thoughts on how Thomas Davis played?

"Thomas is having an excellent season. Unfortunately the Panthers aren't. It hasn't been his fault. He's a talented guy who's getting accustomed to his position."

Q. How about Jon Beason, who led the team in tackles?

"The thing about him more than anything is he missed a lot of time in training camp. He, Thomas Davis and Chris Harris -- yesterday was his first game. I'm not trying to play down Hollis' effectiveness, he did a good job. But so did a lot of people. Julius (Peppers) was under the microscope and he did better."

Q. Did it take Beason a while to recover from his knee injury?

"These guys stay in pretty good shape, but they've got to practice football to play well. It takes time, there's a lot of communication. It takes a little time to get used to playing next to somebody."

Q. Did you feel like the running game finally wore down the Redskins late in the game?

"Our game plan has been pretty similar all four games. There were times yesterday when our execution didn't look so good. But that's more the way we're built to play."

Q. Talk about running the ball up the middle on four straight plays near the goal line and coming up empty.

"We don't want sideways runs. We want to get across the goal line. I don't think that's abnormal. Good teams run and are successful. We expected to get it."

Q. Did you see whether Brad Hoover fumbled it into the end zone?

"We might have the worst seat in the house. It's just a wad bodies.

Q. Are you worried that the running game's numbers aren't as strong as last season's?

"No. Statistics can build up anyway you want. When you're down 31-10 in the opening game, it can set your stats all out of whack. I don't know where we'll end up, but I know what we're building toward. I don't want to define us after four games."

Q. How's the offense line playing?

"1-3. Like I've coached, like the offense, the defense and kicking teams have been."

Q. After Kenneth Moore's 55-yard kick return, will he have a chance to keep the job after Mike Goodson returns from his concussion?

"We'll see how Goody is Wednesday. We'll go through a week's worth of practice and go from there."

Posted by Observer Sports on October 12, 2009 at 01:55 PM | Permalink


You guys need to learn the difference between 'affect' and 'effect'.

Posted by: Authority | Oct 12, 2009 3:26:52 PM

Good deal.No matter what im still rooting for you(Foxy/Panthers AS A team),may you guys continue to find some type of succsess and finish this race better than you started.Im behind this team no matter how tough it get's.Cant be any worse than a 1-15 season and Ive been through that before.

Posted by: GhostOfSparta | Oct 12, 2009 3:40:07 PM

Blah! Blah! YAK! Got a long way to go.

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Oct 12, 2009 4:00:00 PM

Another sugar coating from Fox. I'm surprised he didn't go back to his favorite saying, "It Is What it Is".

Posted by: JB | Oct 12, 2009 4:07:44 PM

One win doesn't mean too much, maybe they can post this quote to remind them to still work hard and harder
Quote of the Week

"We lost to Detroit on the road. We come here and lose to Carolina. This one stings more."
-- Jason Campbell, quarterback, Redskins

Ouch, Panthers. The Washington Redskins know awful. And you, sirs, are no Detroit Lions.

Posted by: Isaiah | Oct 12, 2009 4:10:22 PM

one question was answered We prepared on offense basically the same for all 4 teams we played.......IMO thats to predictable but the last play of the game was not predictable and it got us the W.

Posted by: spaceytoyz | Oct 12, 2009 4:10:41 PM

The kick return job is Moore's to lose. Why would they change him from that spot, unless it's to get him more action as the #3 receiver?

Posted by: anonymous | Oct 12, 2009 4:29:13 PM

Q. How's the offense line playing?

"1-3. Like I've coached, like the offense, the defense and kicking teams have been."
These are words that I truly believe.

Posted by: Steve Gilmore | Oct 12, 2009 5:56:35 PM

Wow, same Haters posting every day, even after a win..Unbelievable..I guess this was a soft game like last years 12-4 season. Sit back and enjoy the WIN....!!!

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Oct 12, 2009 10:05:41 PM

I AM enjoying the win. The best part is that the Panthers DID show some emotion finally. One other comment, Fox still must be replaced. I'm watching the MNF game and Gruden,et al, keep singing the praises of the creativity of Dan Henning. It's really frustrating when you realize that Fox is really the architect of our totally predictable offense (not withstanding Jakes bootleg).

Posted by: Ron | Oct 12, 2009 11:08:37 PM

It's much more fun to get excited about the win and be optimistic about them turning it around than hating on Fox. Come on guys, at least root for the team.

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 13, 2009 1:25:02 AM

I give the panthers a C on their playing but a A+ on their heart. They never gave up and that was wonderful to see.

Posted by: chop503 | Oct 13, 2009 7:49:48 AM

i like our def,especially with hollis thomas.we need to get moore,goodson and the tight ends more involved in the offense.instead of hoover why arent we doing screens and swing passes to
goodson.hoover is laughable.come on fox.in this cover 2 scheme it seems like we are finally covering the tight ends.we shut down cooleyand witten,two of the best.

Posted by: ray | Oct 13, 2009 10:57:52 AM

I have one Question, why captain guarding top receivers like Desean Jackson, Rody White Roy William and Santana Moss. what the hell Ron Meeks thinking about. Where is Gamble. He is getting pay as top Corners in the league and he is not guarding Top WR. Come on Man. we deserve to be 1-3; putting 7 Round pick on 1 WR. VEry STupid.

Posted by: Al-King | Oct 13, 2009 12:20:28 PM

"Like I've coached." Gotta hand it to Foxy-he's a stand-up guy. Honestly you guys who call yourself fans need to get over yourself. Support your friggin team. This isn't a situation of me-me's who are in it for paychecks only. These guys are playing hard, and they've lost three games to three potential playoff teams. Give them some slack.

Posted by: ChunkyLover519 | Oct 13, 2009 7:35:45 PM

Fox says "we expected to get it" answering the question about 4 runs up the middle & none worked. Uh-huh - how did J. Stewart get his TD? Straight up the middle? Nope. No question we've got 2 of the best running backs in the league, but they are not "bust it up the middle" ruuners, UNLESS the O. line opens a hole for them to accelerate thru & that's not happening. So swinging around the end or slashing off @ an angle is the only effective way to use Williams & Stewart given the O. line we've got now. And a major problem we've always had is being predictable - but with Williams & Stewart we don't need to be as there are a myriad of plays they can run well - just need to mix 'em up so the other teams don't already know which way the play is going.

Posted by: ANJr | Oct 14, 2009 6:02:52 AM

why are we not running that play that stewart scored on more.we have 2 road graders in vincent and otah on the right side.then you put king , moose and lead with hoover. tell me you cant run the ball on that side.

Posted by: ray | Oct 14, 2009 12:10:48 PM

after Matt the mans Performances its time john fox stops making panther fans suffer behind jake delgohome. WE WANT MATT!!!!!

Posted by: bill casey | Dec 27, 2009 2:51:31 PM

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