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January 02, 2011

Fox farewell will be hard good-bye

Expecting to see a little razzle-dazzle from John Fox in his Panthers' farewell today?

Don't count on it.

Here's betting Fox's final game will look a lot like the first 143. Fox will try to keep the undermanned Panthers in the game by running the ball, controlling the clock and hoping his defense doesn't fold.

“I wouldn’t anticipate for him to do anything different,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “John is like most of the guys in this league, very competitive and it really doesn’t matter what the records or situation is.”

The situation is this: Atlanta (12-3) has everything to play for today.

The 2-13 Panthers? Nothing, other than the chance to send Fox out on a high note.

The Falcons can clinch the NFC South title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win. The Panthers already have locked up pole position in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.

“Were going to see a very dangerous football team because they don’t have anything to lose,” Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson said of the Panthers. “They can bring out all the gadgets and try some different things because they’re trying to see what they have to look forward to next year.”

Fox will be elsewhere next year. Cleveland, maybe?

But his last game with the Panthers, like his final season, will be one to forget.

The Falcons have too much talent – and too much incentive.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on January 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM | Permalink


Still think choice of next coach is the single most important decision to make to determine the direction this franchise takes. Harbaugh/Luck combo is intriguing, however, just heard that John Elway(former Stanford great)was just named to high Executive position with the Broncos and that he is going after Harbaugh. Scary!!

Posted by: sc ken | Jan 2, 2011 11:15:57 AM

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