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October 04, 2010

Fox says Steve Smith "day-to-day"

Panthers coach John Fox said receiver Steve Smith is day-to-day after spraining his left ankle in the third quarter of Sunday’s 16-14 loss to New Orleans.

Smith left with about three minutes left in the third quarter and did not return. That left the Panthers without their top offensive playmaker – and one of their only veterans -- with the game in the balance.

Carolina advanced to the Saints’ 36-yard line with less than two minutes left and was trying to set up John Kasay for a potential game-winning field goal. But a 4-yard loss on a DeAngelo Williams rush and a Saints’ sack of rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen left the Panthers scrambling to get off a play on fourth-and-16 with eight seconds left.

Clausen threw an incomplete pass to Dwayne Jarrett, who did not get to the first-down marker. Fox said he knew the down and distance, but the situation was confusing.

“There was a lot of stuff that was happening. Guys not lined up right. Not getting the call. You got a lot of young people out there. Somebody mentioned Steve Smith being out,” Fox said. “To slip back into three-wideout sets is a little different than the mode we were in ideally was to be in a four-minute type of offense, get 3 yards in three downs and have an attempt to kick the winning field goal.”

Fox said kick returner Mike Goodson has a sore neck after getting face-masked late in the game.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM | Permalink


Get well,Big guy need you.

Posted by: d c perry | Oct 4, 2010 1:19:22 PM

God I can only pray for the day that Fox is listed as "day to day"!!! Smitty, do yourself a favor, stay "injured" for the rest of this season. Get out of this town while you have a chance. This ship is sinking faster than the Titanic!

Posted by: WorstFootballTeamintheLeague | Oct 4, 2010 1:29:56 PM

You need to hold on to Smith. He can still be a factor in this league. I would love to see him come to Atlanta.

Posted by: ATL FAN | Oct 4, 2010 1:37:42 PM

Its a sad day when most Panthers fans want us to trade our best player. We all love & respect Smittys game and its a shame that he doesn't get the credit he deserves around the league due mostly to the Panthers awful play calling and QB production(or lack there of). 2005 would be an every year type thing if he was on a team with a legit passing game.

That being said, I'd hate to see him go and I just pray that Jimmy can come into his own and continue to improve as this season goes on. And most importantly lets hope theres no lockout because that would be a shame to get a top 5 pick and then not even have a season!

Posted by: tom P | Oct 4, 2010 1:48:15 PM

It doesn't matter if we have him or not until John Fox, Marty Hernia and big ole dumb ass Jeff Davidson is out.

Posted by: JAY | Oct 4, 2010 2:03:00 PM

Isnt day to day the term he used for Brayton? & Brayton missed 2 games after that. I think week to week would be a better term. You really cant blame Fox though for saying day to day. Why give other teams advance notice of what to expect.

Posted by: MrBernz | Oct 4, 2010 2:03:19 PM

Smith is day to day. The Panthers are done for the season. John Fox and Jeff Davidson are doing NOTHING to help this team offensively. And by that, they are hurting the defense.

Posted by: Freddy Potter | Oct 4, 2010 2:11:35 PM

I may be crazy but did we set a screen in the 1st quarter and gained 8 yds and did not use it again the whole game. That's the problem with Jeff D. and John Fox. They do not know what combination of plays works best for this team and I can only imagine what it must be like in the huddles when the same old plays are called. I bet plenty of eye rolling. I watched the Saints against atlanta and I bet they used 5 or 6 different combination of screens. That is how you draw 8 in the box going the wrong way. Hell I'm a novice NFL fan and I can see that. Jeff D. needs to go and someone with fresh ideas and a good combo play callers needs to be brought in. JMO.

Posted by: Tom C, Crouse NC | Oct 4, 2010 2:26:53 PM

I don't know Jeff Davidson, but I'll bet he spends lots of time drawing up new and creative plays. Offensive guys are like that. It's the old dinosaur that won't let him call those plays.

Posted by: Ben | Oct 4, 2010 2:35:53 PM

if anybody needs to be fired its davidson, not fox. fox has done a phenominal job with the youngest roster in the league. not only are they the youngest, but several of the vets on the roster have been sidelined by injuries or aren't playing. how many rookies played significant time yesterday?

clausen, gettis, lafell, pugh, hardy, etc.

fox deserves a raise and an extension.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 4, 2010 2:40:51 PM

1. Day-to-day is what Fox says about every injury. Unless somebody shatters their leg, in which case he'd say something like "He probably won't play the rest of the year."

2. Davidson is Fox's puppet. This is a John Fox offense.

3. ATL Fan, most Panthers fans don't want Smith gone. They just see why he would want to get out of here and go to a team that has a more stable situation and a legitimate 2nd receiver. The Panthers' front office would be dumb to let him go, but they're even dumber for failing to address such a glaring need for receiver help for more than half a decade now.

Posted by: DB | Oct 4, 2010 2:43:03 PM

“There was a lot of stuff that was happening. Guys not lined up right. Not getting the call. You got a lot of young people out there. "

I believe it is the job of the COACH to ensure that people know what is going on during these plays. It is pitiful that we see this same garbage every week.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Oct 4, 2010 2:48:38 PM

@Charlottean what part about 0-3 & 0-4 starts the last 2yrs warrants a extention? along with a back to back no playoff years twice while coach?..there is NO evidence of "coaching up" a young team here...at all? clock management school after he is FIRED this year!

Posted by: hellfish | Oct 4, 2010 2:57:16 PM

Since when has 0-4 been considered phenomenal? He might deserve better than the send-out season he's getting, but an extension and a RAISE? No effing way. No reason we should be 0-4 considering that the first 3 losses were to very beatable teams that all probably won't make the playoffs. A lot of that falls on Fox himself. No more scapegoating the offensive coordinator. We did that once with Dan Henning only to find out he wasn't the problem at all.

Posted by: DB | Oct 4, 2010 3:00:12 PM

"With the fourth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select A.J. Green, Wide Receiver, out of Georgia."

Posted by: BoH | Oct 4, 2010 3:20:34 PM

I think we're now playing for AJ Green in the first round! Could a team need a player any more than we need him?

Posted by: Rolltide24 | Oct 4, 2010 3:22:03 PM

You all keep yelling at Fox, but remember the front office didn't do anything with opening a checkbook and aquiring players. Blame the front office and not the coach and learn how football works. It's much easier to act like a coach while sitting on your fat buts (yes, I know I spelled it wrong) every weekend.

Posted by: dwclt | Oct 4, 2010 3:24:00 PM

I know this is outside of the box, but why not have Lloyd try a field goal on 4th down. We know he has the leg to get the distance and he kicked for Minnesota in college so it's not he has no idea how to do it. It just seems like I would have been our best chance to win the game.

Posted by: Mitch | Oct 4, 2010 3:24:52 PM

@dwcit, the front office definitely dropped the ball this offseason. But the fact is we're 0-4 and a lot of blame does have to fall on the coaching staff. Its not like we're a team that is completely lacking in the talent department, like the Buffalo Bills for instance. There's a lot of talent to work with here, and inexperience is no excuse for 0-4. We should have found a way to win at least one of these games and probably more with the talent we have.

Posted by: DB | Oct 4, 2010 3:30:16 PM

Problem isnt the coach, it's a QB who thinks his stuff doesnt stink and trys to change every play called in. Clausen is a poor excuse of an NFL QB and I doubt withing 2 years that he will even be in the league. Another Chris Leak, great job in college, but cant hang in NFL

Posted by: TeddyN | Oct 4, 2010 3:39:32 PM

JR didn't do Fox any favors this year, that's for sure. But there's more than enough blame for him anyway. Fox is the constant between the uncreative playcalling of Henning (who is now considered smart in Miami) and Davidson. I feel sorry for him for the players he got stuck with this year, but he's done nothing to compensate. I still don't believe the so-called experts who think he will be in high demand by other teams.

Posted by: Ron | Oct 4, 2010 3:41:13 PM

I watched Lloyd kick 60 yard field goals with room to spare during warmups before games last year. I guess no one has told Fox.

Here is Fox's injury report
Smith has a ankle
Otah has a knee

What would Fox say if someone had their hand cutt off?
He doesn't have a hand?

Posted by: JAY | Oct 4, 2010 3:45:04 PM

Get well Steve...Not like we really need you.. Our play book doesn't allow you to play.. Thanks Jeff Davidson great play book! Reading our offense is almost childish..

Posted by: Bill Lumberg | Oct 4, 2010 3:49:41 PM

Steve Smith is watched up an a cry baby. Leave him on the bench, he's no team player.

Posted by: JR | Oct 4, 2010 3:50:31 PM

charlottean, I hope you are kidding. If not, please seek immediate medical attention.

DB - you're right. Fox has only 2 descriptions for injuries - day-to-day and out for the year.

Who have the Panthers drafted in the Hurney-Fox era that has become an elite player? Not many - Peppers, Gross, Double Trouble, Beason, that's about it. Several other servicable players - Gamble, Wharton, Munnerlyn, Connor, Anderson, Goodson. But not nearly enough elite players to build a legitimate year-in year-out contender.

To prove even a blind squirrel finds a nut, it was GEORGE SIEFORT that drafted Steve Smith.

I was such a fool for thinking this team could go 9-7 and just miss the playoffs. Now, I know it's never going to happen, but I wish JR would clean house during the bye week at 0-5 - fire the GM and the coach and put some interm guys in there, try to get through this season without going 1-15 again, and start all over once the new CBA is signed. I think any coach in the world would want to have Double Trouble, Smith, Kahlil and Beason to build around. Everyone else is very replaceable.

Posted by: J | Oct 4, 2010 3:54:48 PM

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