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December 31, 2010

Mood light at final practice for Fox

The mood during John Fox's final full practice with the Panthers on Friday seemed light.

There were a lot of laughs, including when Fox huddled with his players after the workout ended.

But Fox was not particularly emotional. When he approached reporters afterward, the first thing he asked about was the size of the crowd at the Meineke Bowl at adjacent Bank of America Stadium.

When asked about the day's mood, Fox said: “I'll say this, these guys have stayed enthusiastic and have continued to work very hard all season.”

As he mentioned Wednesday, Fox said he has seen the end coming for some time. If he wasn't certain his days were numbered when the Panthers declined to extend him following the 2008 playoff season, Fox definitely knew it when Jerry Richardson let him enter this season without an extension.

I could see that coming, let me put it that way,” Fox said.

On the injury front, there was good news and bad for the Panthers' offense. Tailback Jonathan Stewart (foot) was listed as probable for the game at Atlanta, although leading receiver Steve Smith (calf) is questionable after missing Friday's practice .

The rest of the injury report:

FB Tony Fiammetta (ankle), CB Chris Gamble (ankle) and DT Ed Johnson (knee) are out.

LB Nic Harris (ankle) and DT Nick Hayden (head) are probable.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM | Permalink


It seems to me a lot of players have been milking their injuries or Fox has been letting them mail it in. At any rate, I suspect Gamble may be in his final season as a Panther.

Posted by: sc ken | Dec 31, 2010 1:58:10 PM

Let's just thank Coach Fox for what he's done and move on with life. Dude's going to get the Dallas job or the SF job or maybe even the SD job. If we all act like sourpusses now, we'll look even bigger idiots when he rolls over us next year with a new team.

Posted by: Skins Fan Again | Dec 31, 2010 2:04:58 PM

Thank you John Fox...I hope that you latch on to a team where management will pay for players.

Posted by: Ed Tracy | Dec 31, 2010 2:47:36 PM

Thanks for the good times Foxy! And there were many! :)

Posted by: lali | Dec 31, 2010 2:53:17 PM

stay classy foxy! j richardson is a idiot!

Posted by: cocksman | Dec 31, 2010 2:57:36 PM

Thanks John Fox you were a class act just like Jake!

Posted by: Liz | Dec 31, 2010 3:31:51 PM

I thought Richardson played this perfectly. We are set up phenominally for next season with or without a lockout.

As for Fox, certainly the best coach we have ever had, and one of the better coaches in the game for a long time. In retrospect, it's VERY rare for a coach to stay with one team for 9 years (thats how long Walsh stayed at SF fyi). He took us to the super bowl and for that I give him respect.

However, its clearly time to part ways. This relationship just grew stale.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Dec 31, 2010 4:20:46 PM

Thanks coach...you brought this team up from nowhere and pt them in a Super Bowl in less then 10 years as an expansion team. you have shown heart and dedication to the team and the players. I wish you the best in the future !!!

Posted by: Animal187 | Dec 31, 2010 4:35:48 PM

So why isn't the observer reporting richardson's announcement regarding fox?

Posted by: Jan | Dec 31, 2010 4:38:45 PM

I think this season demonstrated how little he brings to the table as a coach and developer of talent. How ironic that we end up with an almost identical team to the one he inhereted when he arrived 9 years ago.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Dec 31, 2010 5:05:54 PM

Sorry to see you go John! You did end better that Seifert! If Mr. R. will pay me $40mil a year I might come, but you know how we people from Raleigh feel about Charlotte!

Posted by: BCowher | Dec 31, 2010 5:49:20 PM

where is Raleigh?? next to West Virginia

Posted by: dillian | Dec 31, 2010 6:13:05 PM

Not sure how to think about this .....
Seifert's last season was terrible, but he built the team to that point. Fox comes along and enjoys what he accomplished. Is it fair to say Fox took us to the SuperBowl ??? In any event, he out. Who's in ? Now what ???

Posted by: fishguy | Dec 31, 2010 6:47:40 PM

@fishguy - What are you TALKING about..!!! You said,"Seifert built this team"..?? In what way did he build this team, as in 'the only way was up'. Or because, he lost so many games we had draft picks to build from. Fox and Hurney built the team that went to the Superbowl. Seifert was the GM/coach and made some of the worse trades and Free agent pickup's in NFL history.

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Dec 31, 2010 7:34:48 PM

@sc ken - If the player limps over to a trainer and a doctor. And he says he pulled something. Then they take MRI's and X-rays, and the player has a torn Achilles, etc...How is Fox covering up for the players..? How is that player milking the team.? These players are still playing for a paycheck next year, and film on Monday. Same thing with Coach Fox and the other coaches. They all want to win, you don't play a NFL game to lose.

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Dec 31, 2010 7:42:41 PM

6.5 million for 2-16 season what a deal!!I hope he can find work to feed his family.
aybe Q

Posted by: boydsgrigg | Jan 1, 2011 4:32:19 AM

Fox, you lost me when you kept trotting Dan Morgan out year after year.

Posted by: BullyBoy | Jan 1, 2011 4:35:52 PM

Adios Amiges Por Fo Vor! Ya Hooooo!
Where have all the good times gone?

Posted by: spanky | Jan 1, 2011 8:41:45 PM

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