Panthers Paw Prints - Fox on Tebow Edition

Panthers HC John Fox attended the Florida Pro Day and was asked his opinion of QB Tim Tebow. This journalist obviously didn't realize the futility of getting real info from the sly 'Ol Fox:

Florida Gators sports news, analysis, commentary - Gator Bytes, a blog " Blog Archive " Reaction from Tim Tebow’s Pro Day
Q: What can you take away from watching workouts like these? Fox: "We don’t have a lot of looks at ‘em as coaches. We just get to look at ‘em this time of year, so sometimes it’s our first exposure other than TV games along the way."

Q: What did Tebow show you out there today? Fox: "He doesn’t lack in the work ethic department, so whatever needs to be done he’ll do."

I'm always amused at  Fox's non-answers...Moving on to our favorite local prospect who seems to have all the intangibles and most of the tangibles...but is it enough?

Panthers focus on Edwards, but at what position? | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC
"That’s his makeup; his intensity level, he’d play tight end — or try," Moore said. "He’s so, so competitive. You’ve seen him one day in here doing this, I’ve seen him for four years, and there’s been no drop-off. I think that’s his biggest strength, is his competitiveness and his intensity. "I think he’d have been just as good a wide receiver as a quarterback. Wherever you put him, he’s going to work hard and be competitive about it. He’s in the game for one thing, and that’s to win, and do well."

Seems like he and Smitty would be tight. He could also follow Smitty's path to stardom which began with special teams:

Darin Gantt's Panthers Blog | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC
Edwards said the Panthers had displayed "strong interest," saying he met with coach John Fox and position coach Tyke Tolbert at the scouting combine in Indianapolis earlier this month. While everyone at ASU Tuesday was eager to see him do both sets of position drills, Edwards said he's getting different signals from different teams. Some are looking at him as a special teamer only, others as a receiver only, and others as an all-purpose athlete who might play some quarterback as well.

Next season is Fox's last chance in Carolina? I'm not so sure...

Next season is Fox’s last chance -
The Panthers’ personnel moves, on the other hand, have been dominated by fiscal conservatism and a "go young" mission. The Panthers’ front office appears to be at peace with the notion of taking one step back now to take two steps forward later. The Panthers need to win, for Fox’s sake. But they also want to rebuild. And those two ideas are at cross-purposes.

I still believe Panther management fully expects to challenge for the division next year anyway. If that is going to happen we need some experience on the defensive line, which got a shot in the arm with the return of this guy:

Darin Gantt's Panthers Blog | The Herald - Rock Hill, SC
In many ways, bringing Brayton back was similar to the track record of the recently released Damione Lewis, who came here on the cheap, got a second contract and provided valuable leadership to a young line — though it wasn’t nearly as young as this one.

More updates on our departed Panthers:

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Was Signing Julius Peppers The Answer in Chicago?
Whether people mistake his calm demeanor on the field for taking plays off: "Yeah I have heard that a million times and I think that is true. That is correct. That is a fair assumption to make, a fair statement to make. People do mistake that sometimes ,but that is just a part of my personality that it’s not going to change. It’s not going to change. Whether you mistake it for a lack of motivation or not playing hard or anything like that. That is just who I am as a person… Sometimes in your career people have to nitpick at silly things because there is nothing else to say. You can’t say that there is a lack of production. You can’t say anything else really but lack of motivation. That is the thing that people are going to try to nitpick at."

I was thinking it was the goose eggs he put up in key games that we were nitpicking...There was no questioning this guy's enthusiasm for the game:

NFL NOTES / Holmgren says Browns need 'leader' Delhomme
"My own belief is this team needs an aging veteran," Holmgren said. "They need a guy that is going to grab everybody by the throat and say, 'Follow me through that door.' I don't look at him as an aging veteran, I look at him as the leader I wanted."

I'm hoping that leadership rubbed off on our 2010 starter, who in spite being labeled the top free agent QB wasn't expected to get a better deal than in Carolina:

Czar: Watch for trade market to warm up - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
It made sense that quarterbacks like Matt Moore (Carolina) and Bruce Gradkowski (Oakland) signed with their old teams because they never would have seen similar contracts on the open market. The guy who made out the best was Jake Delhomme, who is still owed millions by the Panthers, but got $7 million more from the Browns. That’s a huge contract for a guy who may be simply a great leader and locker-room guy. But such a deal also makes it sound like Mike Holmgren knows that the Eagles won’t be parting with either Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb.

Right or wrong I'm just glad he's our guy.



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