Carolina Panthers ticket holders must have mixed feelings right about now. They’ve endured some up and down seasons over the years, bouncing between playoff appearances and the view from the cellar. I assume it’s become too much for management because the Carolina Panthers announced the firing of John Fox after the final game against the Atlanta Falcons.
In nine years with the team, Fox has been an inconsistent performer. Of course, his exit has been hastened by the disintegration of Jake the Snake and the loss of Julius Peppers. Hard to win when those things happen. Fox will collect unemployment with a good group though, joining guys like Wade Philips, and probably Norv Turner. His tiffs with the owner of the Panthers, which Fox felt left him bereft of the talent he needed, finally have come to a head.
But now Panthers ticket might have a fighting chance. With a new coach, high draft choices, and a fresh start, the Carolina panthers may make one of their famous rebounds next season, and with Fox set to collect about $6 million, I don’t think he’ll mind.