Wouldn’t you love to work for Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox? I would. I mean, he’s a great boss.
He pats you on the back when you do well and pats you on the back again when you mess up time after time after time.
Panthers’ quarterback Jake Delhomme is a witness.
Despite tossing an NFL-leading seven interceptions this season, the embattled signal caller was “emphatically” confirmed as Carolinas’ starter, according to a Charlotte Observer article.
I can’t say that I’m shocked.
If the Julius Peppers soap opera from the end of last season through the summer has taught us anything, it’s that Fox is loyal to his players.
Peppers was clear about his desire to play for another team earlier this year, yet the even-keeled coach didn’t question or challenge Peppers in the media. As a matter of fact, Fox welcomed him back with open arms at training camp.
Though commendable, Fox’s loyalty to Delhomme is miserably misplaced. The other players in the Panthers locker room are in dire need of a shot of confidence.
Changing the defensive lineup doesn’t do it. Switching up the depth chart of the running backs and receivers won’t make a difference, either. It all begins and ends with the quarterback position.
Quarterbacks Matt Moore and A.J. Feeley are healthy and available to take the controls of the Panther offense, but what does Fox defiantly declare to the media — his allegiance to staying with the status quo.
And we all know what the status quo has yielded for Carolina this season…3 losses and no postseason hope.
Hey, coach Fox, I know your team will be up against the winless (at this time) Washington Redskins in week 5, but the Panthers aren’t exactly striking fear in anyone these days either. You might want to take the weekend to get away from the bright lights of the Qcity to clear your head and reevaluate your decision.
Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the loyalty you have shown, but it would be foolish to expect different results doing the same things with the same people.
Damon Ford is a public relations professional who has worked in the public and private sectors in Charlotte.