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March 24, 2010

Fox: Williams, Stewart not up for trade

Here are highlights from an interview with Panthers coach John Fox at the NFC coaches' media breakfast this morning. More coming later in the day:

-- Fox said the Panthers are not interested in trading either of their top running backs, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. He's counting on both of them.

-- Richard Marshall isn't the only restricted free agent not participating in the team's offseason conditioning program. Cornerback C.J. Wilson isn't either. However, Fox expects them to participate in the team's mandatory post-draft minicamp.

-- It's clear that Fox is high on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. "He's different in a good way," said Fox. "He's shown the ability to lead men." Asked about Tebow's much-criticized throwing motion, Fox said, "Did you ever watch Bernie Kosar play?" Kosar was a standout quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who's throwing much was far from orthodox.

-- Fox said punter Jason Baker is currently working on kickoffs in case he gets that role next season. However, Fox left open the possibility that the team will acquire a kickoff specialist. Fox said the reason Rhys Lloyd wasn't retained was because the team felt it was time to move in a different direction. He referenced the fact that Lloyd had a strong season in 2008, but didn't say anything about Lloyd's performance in '09. The Panthers didn';t tender Lloyd as a restricted free agent and he has signed with Minnesota.

-- Fox said all the team's injured players, including left tackle Jordan Gross and outside linebacker Thomas Davis, are expected to be ready for training camp.

-- HE said the Panthers would get his best as a coach despite the fact that he's in the unenviable position of being in the final year of his contract. He said it's part of the business of the game, much like players experience. "It's called free agency," said Fox.

However, he would not speculate on whether he would eventually sign an extension with the Panthers or head into next season as a free agent coach.

-- He said it's likely that the Panthers will add a defensive end either in the draft or free agency to team with Tyler Brayton, Charles Johnson and Everette Brown.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2010 at 08:49 AM | Permalink

Comments

if they got rid of either stew or d-will i would boycott the games.what a stupid idea to even entertain.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 24, 2010 8:57:07 AM

Another article about current players. Keep up the good work. I count on your articles as my wife and kids have the tv.

Posted by: hamptonhowle | Mar 24, 2010 9:05:22 AM

I'm personally against trading either of them, but suppose they could get a first and second round pick for Stewart and get Stiller in the draft, then package both the second rounders for another first round pick and get the WR we need?

Posted by: Authority | Mar 24, 2010 10:25:58 AM

Well, while we are supposing... What if which ever one of them we keep gets hurt and misses time (as they both did last year)? Then the strongest part of your team all of a sudden becomes one of the weakest. Even if somehow you get Spiller, are you sold he is an every down, grind it out back in the NFL? He is DEFINITELY a playmaker, but in a different kind of way. Maybe he turns out to be a 22-25 carry back, but if he is your feature back you lose a lot that is great about him - KR, slot WR, etc. That versatility is his biggest asset.

Posted by: twp705 | Mar 24, 2010 10:32:51 AM

no Tebow please, honestly i'd rather have Armanti Edwards than a couple of bible verse eye blacks.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 24, 2010 11:29:36 AM

Edwards might be the most underrated weapon in the draft - QB, WR and KR skills.

Posted by: manu4t | Mar 24, 2010 11:32:37 AM

I can't see trading a RB...But that Bernie Kosar reference is funny...Kosar is NOT a QB I would make a good comparison to...he never was that great. Carolina has DT/DE/WR issues that are more valuable to the team than a project QB.

Posted by: hellfish | Mar 24, 2010 11:56:48 AM

We have a "project" QB in Moore. He needs the attention in that department. Other needs are more important. We can pickup a vet later on the cheap.

Posted by: Jrauhauser | Mar 24, 2010 12:19:11 PM

Why not pick up Dante Culpepper or Byron Leftwich? Both are seasoned veterans and have won games in this league. Right now they're both would be quality back-ups and possible starters if Moore gets hurt or starts struggling. Fox and Hurney time here is on the clock & it's about to expire. They should be doing everything in their power to save not only the Panthers season; but their jobs. This is it for both of them. They should at least be a little more active in free agency. They don't have time to build this team through the draft.

Posted by: Tyrone | Mar 24, 2010 1:43:45 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:26 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:26 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:26 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:27 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:28 PM

Trading either RB would be fatal for us, despite the fact that they were a little dinged up last season. We have two proven work horses that get the job done !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:06:30 PM

TEBOW IN THE 3rd AND EDWARDS IN THE 4th.WE GET A WR IN THE 2nd.KEEP BOTH BACKS!!!!!

Posted by: J.E.MITCHELL | Mar 24, 2010 4:20:51 PM

Just for fun I went to DraftTek.com and ran a new simulation "what if" Detroit gave us there 1st and 3rd pick and this was what I got back.
#2 (from Detroit)- Hdamukong Suh DT
#48 - Jahvid Best RB
#66 (from Detroit) - Tony Pike QB
#78 - Taylor Price WR
#112 - Brandon Lang DE
#175 - Charles scott RB
#202 - Adrian Tracy OLB
#204 - Kevin Thomas CB
#223 - Leigh Triffin PK
#249 - Kyle McCarthy SS

I'm not saying Panthers should do it but..

Posted by: blueblurring | Mar 24, 2010 8:28:26 PM

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