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November 07, 2012

Fox on Panthers game: 'It's a business trip'

   Now in his second season as the Denver Broncos head coach after nine years with the Panthers, John Fox said he and his team are treating their Sunday visit to Bank of America Stadium as another business trip.

   Still, it will be different for Fox, who is returning to the city where he still owns a home and led the Panthers to the Super Bowl a decade ago.

  "I've been at this for 25 years and I've had a lot of homecomings so it'll be good to get back and see some old friends and relationships I built over nine years there," Fox said on a conference call Wednesday. "It's a business trip and we're getting our team ready. We had a good practice today. We'll see where it leads us."

   Fox's time in Carolina ended badly with his final team going 2-14 before he was released after the 2010 season. Asked if he remembers more good times or bad times during his run with the Panthers, Fox leaned to the positive side.

  "I tend to approach things as the glass half full," Fox said. "We did get to the Super Bowl and we got to a couple of championship games, had three playoff appearances so by most people's calculations that's pretty good."

   With the Broncos scheduled to arrive in Charlotte Friday, Fox said he intends to make a stop at the house he built and still owns at Quail Hollow Club.

   "I'm sure I'll get there at some point," Fox said.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 7, 2012 at 03:38 PM | Permalink

Comments

I'd rather see Fox back in the stadium than Hurney. At least another team wants him to work for them......

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 7, 2012 3:57:55 PM

Classic John Fox. Say as much about nothing as you possibly can.....

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 7, 2012 4:20:41 PM

Oh boy, I get to be the first one to say..."It is what it is."

Posted by: Ed Corriher | Nov 7, 2012 4:23:35 PM

Note to Fox, Elway saved your job with acquiring Manning. Otherwise you still stink and you're on the hot seat. Manning is your saviour.

Posted by: Jellybean | Nov 7, 2012 4:24:34 PM

The Charlotte John blog is awesome...that's all.

Posted by: Jack | Nov 7, 2012 4:27:22 PM

Jellybean, he made the playoffs last year with Tebow. He deserves some credit.

Posted by: Buford T Justice | Nov 7, 2012 4:27:48 PM

Think Fox may run the score up on Ole Jer?

Posted by: KEVIN | Nov 7, 2012 4:29:15 PM

hard to run the score up when your getting beat!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 7, 2012 4:31:04 PM

Fox has been known to have his QB throw 5 INT's when his team is expected to win easily in BAC stadium......it might happen Sunday.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 7, 2012 4:36:04 PM

Unfortunately Fox has never had Manning as his QB in BofA Stadium, those 5 ints won't happen. I still can't wait to see the gum chewing up close and personal though! Hopefully he'll bite his tongue off!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Nov 7, 2012 4:39:06 PM

The two most boring coaches in the NFL squaring off in BAC. What a barnburner......

Posted by: manu4t | Nov 7, 2012 4:43:07 PM

"he made the playoffs last year with Tebow. He deserves some credit"....you must be kidding. I believe two or three of those wins were due to a last second 50yd plus field goal. Playoffs were a complete anomaly. Without Manning, they don't even show up this year. Fox has done nothing from what I see in Denver.

Posted by: Jellybean | Nov 7, 2012 4:44:08 PM

Fox will win if it is a cloudy day. Rivera can't keep track of the clock or scoreboard due to his sunglasses on cloudy days.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 7, 2012 4:48:40 PM

jellybean,

it doesn't matter what happened at the end of the game. he coached them into a position to have a chance. that's the difference between fox and most coaches. dude's worst case scenario (of a legit team) is like 7-9. the best case scenario is running the table. and he doesn't need the perfect team to do it either. the guy coaches smart.

look at his w/l record in close games vs. rivera's and vs. other coaches. that's not an anomaly.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 7, 2012 5:18:37 PM

Well, I said we would shine last weekend, and we will again this weekend. I have faith in the Panthers. If the DEFENSE show up again this weekend, we can handle Fox and Manning. The Panthers are not as bad as people want us to be. Got at least 5 more wins this year. Offense gotta protect Cam some more also. Hope more fans have faith in our team.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Nov 7, 2012 5:42:40 PM

Just like the Gameday in Washington...except the away coach is calling this one a "homecoming"

Posted by: PantherFanRegardless | Nov 7, 2012 6:49:33 PM

Why don't we give this John Fox theme a break, after all, he is not playing the game, he is only the coach. I am interested in the team, not him.

Posted by: Tom Taylor | Nov 7, 2012 7:07:03 PM

It will be interesting to read this blog after the Broncos send the kitty cats running with their tails between their legs and whining after another loss. After the Kitties escape to Los Angeles or London Bank Of America Stadium will make a nice farmers market location after it's imploded.

Posted by: Billyjimbobjoe | Nov 7, 2012 7:54:07 PM

The John Fox you guys are talking about is not the John Fox we know here in Colorado.

You guys are right in that he deserves credit for taking us to the playoffs last year with Saint Timmy. The players of course did a lot, but the coaching staff tailored that system to Tebow in the bye week.

From an outsider looking in, my impression of Carolina is a team with poor ownership and management, it appears as though the owners don't want to spend any money, the market isn't there, (how many consecutive sellout do you guys have), etc. Again, these are all my impressions only. I don't follow the team. I draw my impression from a general interest in the NFL.

Back to my point, Fox seems determined, focused, intelligent and an all around good coach.

Posted by: Bronco_Bob | Nov 7, 2012 9:40:01 PM

No we spend the money here.. we are always close to the top of the nfl in terms of salary cap we use.

But unfortunately it is overpaying our players that aren't very good like Beason, Gamble, Gross (good but not that good).

Then we blow starter money on two running backs.

And we continuously neglect the safety position. Nakamura(sp?) is the worst safety in the league by far. He has personally cost us at least one game.

And as to John Fox, he really isn't that good, but he is good at some things. It is a godsend for you to have Manning as your qb b/c he has the guts/reputation/etc.. to tell John Fox he is a moron and run the plays that he wants, or even go to Elway and get Fox fired. We never had that situation here in Charlotte. Just watch our Superbowl appearance. If we had been bombing it to Smith/Moose/Proehl all game to set up the run we would have easily blown them out. Steve Smith was otherwordly back then and Jake was even pretty good. But anywho. Life goes on.

That is the Panthers in a nutshell.

Posted by: Nicky6 | Nov 8, 2012 9:27:56 AM

No we spend the money here.. we are always close to the top of the nfl in terms of salary cap we use.

But unfortunately it is overpaying our players that aren't very good like Beason, Gamble, Gross (good but not that good).

Then we blow starter money on two running backs.

And we continuously neglect the safety position. Nakamura(sp?) is the worst safety in the league by far. He has personally cost us at least one game.

And as to John Fox, he really isn't that good, but he is good at some things. It is a godsend for you to have Manning as your qb b/c he has the guts/reputation/etc.. to tell John Fox he is a moron and run the plays that he wants, or even go to Elway and get Fox fired. We never had that situation here in Charlotte. Just watch our Superbowl appearance. If we had been bombing it to Smith/Moose/Proehl all game to set up the run we would have easily blown them out. Steve Smith was otherwordly back then and Jake was even pretty good. But anywho. Life goes on.

That is the Panthers in a nutshell.

Posted by: Nicky6 | Nov 8, 2012 9:27:58 AM

No we spend the money here.. we are always close to the top of the nfl in terms of salary cap we use.

But unfortunately it is overpaying our players that aren't very good like Beason, Gamble, Gross (good but not that good).

Then we blow starter money on two running backs.

And we continuously neglect the safety position. Nakamura(sp?) is the worst safety in the league by far. He has personally cost us at least one game.

And as to John Fox, he really isn't that good, but he is good at some things. It is a godsend for you to have Manning as your qb b/c he has the guts/reputation/etc.. to tell John Fox he is a moron and run the plays that he wants, or even go to Elway and get Fox fired. We never had that situation here in Charlotte. Just watch our Superbowl appearance. If we had been bombing it to Smith/Moose/Proehl all game to set up the run we would have easily blown them out. Steve Smith was otherwordly back then and Jake was even pretty good. But anywho. Life goes on.

That is the Panthers in a nutshell.

Posted by: Nicky6 | Nov 8, 2012 9:28:00 AM

No we spend the money here.. we are always close to the top of the nfl in terms of salary cap we use.

But unfortunately it is overpaying our players that aren't very good like Beason, Gamble, Gross (good but not that good).

Then we blow starter money on two running backs.

And we continuously neglect the safety position. Nakamura(sp?) is the worst safety in the league by far. He has personally cost us at least one game.

And as to John Fox, he really isn't that good, but he is good at some things. It is a godsend for you to have Manning as your qb b/c he has the guts/reputation/etc.. to tell John Fox he is a moron and run the plays that he wants, or even go to Elway and get Fox fired. We never had that situation here in Charlotte. Just watch our Superbowl appearance. If we had been bombing it to Smith/Moose/Proehl all game to set up the run we would have easily blown them out. Steve Smith was otherwordly back then and Jake was even pretty good. But anywho. Life goes on.

That is the Panthers in a nutshell.

Posted by: Nicky6 | Nov 8, 2012 9:31:54 AM

Nicky6,

Ease up on the post button buddy!

BG

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 8, 2012 9:39:02 AM

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