In a move that surprised nobody, the Carolina Panthers announced on Friday that this weeks game would be the last one coached by John Fox. I, like every other Panthers fan, used to love John Fox. He may not have always taken us to the playoffs, but he always kept us competitive and, until this year, they didn’t have a season with a record worse than 7-9 under him. I know that most of what went wrong this year can’t be blamed on him. The GM and owner decided to go young and cheap with the roster. Normally, Fox keeps his mouth shut about personnel decisions, but he didn’t do that this year, which quickened his departure. Although I’m not sad to see him go (he really pissed me off last year when he kept Delhomo as the starter when Matt Moore was doing so much better), I do wish him the best of luck in the future. I don’t think he’ll be unemployed for too long.
I don’t know who they’re going to hire next. There’s been talk of them maybe pursuing Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. I just hope that whoever they hire is a man that can convince the owner and GM to spend a little money and get some players back on the team. I also hope that whoever they hire can make the GM stop trading away draft picks. They didn’t have a first round pick last year because they traded it to New England to move up in the second round the year before. They don’t have a second round pick this year, because they traded it away to move up in the third round and draft a college quarterback who they wanted to turn into a wide receiver. He didn’t even dress for half their games this year. I don’t know what they’re thinking when they do crap like that.
They have the first overall pick next year. Now, they need to decide if they’re going to stick with Jimmy Claussen, who looks like he’s in way over his head, or draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, if he declares for the draft. Honestly, I hope they trade Claussen, and maybe recover a draft pick, pick up a decent quarterback in free agency that has some experience, and draft Luck. That way, whoever the new coach is, they can start from scratch with a quarterback of their own choosing and have him learn from a guy who has been in the league a few years.