Posted by Andy Benoit
Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer makes a great point about Panthers head coach John Fox. Many are saying that Fox is on the hot seat in Carolina. Sorensen’s response?
I don't know if Fox will coach the Carolina Panthers in 2011. I'll be surprised if he does. But if Fox goes, it's as likely to be his idea as it is the team's. Engines wear out, knees wear out and relationships wear out, too. The relationship between Fox and the Panthers probably is in danger of expiring.
The NFL, however, thinks more highly of Fox than fans of the Panthers do. I can easily see him coaching the New York Giants or Cleveland next season.
Fox, in the final year of his contract, is in an unusual position. If he succeeds in grand style this season, he’ll likely leave Carolina for greener (green as in money) pastures. If he fails in grand style, he’ll likely be the equivalent of fired (owner Jerry Richardson won’t offer him a new contract).
The Panthers gave Fox permission to seek a new job this past offseason, but nothing transpired. Thus, we have the unusual circumstance of a coach in his prime entering what is essentially known to be his final year with the organization.
Sorensen sums it up best by saying, “So is Fox on Carolina's hot seat or is Carolina on Fox's? In this case, the term doesn't apply.”
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