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Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 4:06 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

It's rare when the news of a coach being let go (and/or fired) is "not news," but that's the case with the announcement that the Carolina Panthers will not renew John Fox's contract for 2011.

Fox has been considered the lamest of ducks when it comes to head coaches this season, and the Panthers league-worst 2-13 record obviously didn't help his job security.

"I told John today that I appreciate everything he has done for us over the last nine years, but as happens in this business, it is time for both sides to move in different directions,” said Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson in a statement. "While we haven’t accomplished all of the goals we set as an organization when we signed him in 2002, we have certainly had our share of high moments – the Super Bowl, two NFC Championship games, and a division title in 2008. We wish John and his family the best going forward."

Fox, whose Carolina home has been on the market for months, also issued a statement.

"I appreciate the opportunity Mr. Richardson gave me to be a head coach in the National Football League nine years ago and to be a part of this organization," said Fox. "I have formed many close relationships and I have many great memories. I particularly want to thank the players for their efforts throughout the years. Working with so many great people has been a rewarding experience."

Things appear to be ending amiably, but certain comments Fox made throughout the season indicate there was a growing rift between the front office and the coaching staff.

That being said, Richardson is correct in his statement, and it's probably best for both sides to move along. Additionally, as the leader in labor movement, Richardson clearly feels the need to lead by example and keep his team's budget tightened as the NFL owners prepare for the looming lockout.

Not having a contracted coach clearly helps that cause. The only concern for Panthers fans now is whether or not Richardson will open up his wallet for a big name, or whether he'd prefer to find (ironically enough) an undervalued candidate just like Fox in 2002.

None of the other coaching staff, including coordinators Ron Meeks and Jeff Davidson, will be retained. Fox, through Week 16 of 2010, has compiled a 73-70 regular season record and a 78-73 overall record, including one NFC Championship.

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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

I dont know who your home team is,but for you to say that you would like to see Andy Reid fired?You are eighter high on something or you dont know a damn thing about football.Reids record speaks for it self and I dont want to hear about how many times he won a SB.His team hase always been at the top and as long as he is there the team will still be at the top,sounds like to me that your team is a bottom feeder.Wake up and smell the roses or at least learn something about football!!!



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

Getting John Fox as defense corfinator would be huge..



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

Notice that none of the outgoing head coaches have a QB. San Diego was a disappointment but Turner was retained. Maybe some of these teams laying the blame on the coaches should look in the front office mirror.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Panthers announce John Fox's contract not renewed

Good, Fisher is next, time for all these overrated coaches to get their walking papers. Maybe I might even get my christmas wish, and have Andy Reid fired too. 


Nuff Said. 


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