I normally pride myself on being able to connect the dots and see things from all angles. It's fun for me and frustrating for my friends, to find the reasoning in anything. That being said, it took forever for the biggest issue facing the Carolina Panthers to reveal itself. I've sorted it all out. You can call me bonkers, doesn't matter, the elements are there. Speaking of which...I was right about Mike Goodson. Now, it's a chance to be right about the relationship of Jerry Richardson and the cost cutting and how it relates to a lame duck season for John Fox.
You wont hear the details of a deal discussed in public view, especially one for someone as hush hush as John Fox, couple that with a rigid and demanding owner and you have...the deal within the deal. More after the jump.
Simply put, John Fox's record has been put into question. You have a fantastic record, you approach your owner and say I want fantastic dollars. Owner responds, is that YOUR record, or the record of the talent Hurney drafted. You have not shown the propensity to develop young offensive players and your defensive players have come in ready to play, again, a credit to Marty Hurney...not you Mr. Fox. I tell you what, lets give you a young team, you coach that team like a great coach, make them winners and prove to me your a great coach and I'll show you great coach dollars.
Right now, you are probably thinking "Elec, thats a stretch." Maybe, but I love taking shots in the dark and this shot at least has some light on the horizon. To justify my case, I'll show you the elements that brought me to this conclussion. I'll start with the epiphany. The idea was probably in the back of my head on the first 4th down conversion, moved to the front after the next conversion...then I typed on the gamepost that I couldn't take it anymore and I wouldn't watch again until Fox is gone ( I can't do that, I bleed Panther blue). I sat back down and WHOA!!! He benched Matt Moore...yep, that's not like Foxy at all. What is all this?!?
I start hunting the web, for updates on the Jimmy Clausen era beginning, not much, same AP report, hacked and rereported and glossed over. This is big news people, but the national media is for another story. This is about a crafty owner and a stubborn coach. Mr. Richardson knows we can win with the talent we have, he knows he's got a long term solution at defensive coach and special teams, what he doesn't know is if the offensive coordinator and Head coach can get all 3 phases clicking. He also knows of a few coaches who can get the offense going and I'm not talking about the big name coaches, I'm talking about Offensive coordinators that want to be head coach...two birds with one stone (or more accurately, one paycheck). What you are witnessing is a power play. If other teams see that Fox can win with a young team, then the money is there, because, like Belichek he can win with what he's got, but if this season is tanked, then he's just another coach who had a great front office. I'm not discrediting Fox in anyway. I like Fox, I like the coyness with the media and the agressive nature of his football teams. I even think he is a great game manager and makes the right decisions...most of the time. The bland offense...it's only bland because two starting qbs had tunnel vision for Steve Smith. Clausen will read the field and defense, bring us back to glory, and net Fox a fat paycheck next year. Why? Fox has nothing to lose and is coaching the team played at the end of last year, like they have nothing to lose.
known comodity benched, check, your move Mr. Richardson.