Panthers' Defense Can't Continue to Cover for Unproductive Offense
Here is the stat to look at:
The Panthers had the ball 23 minutes, 32 seconds Sunday against St. Louis in a 20-10 loss. The Rams had the ball 36:28.
There is no way an NFL that prefers to run the ball can survive that.
Asked if the defense was on the field too long in the first half against the Rams, Panthers coach John Fox replied: "Are you talking about the first half of the season or today? That'd be yes."
Speaking of Fox, there is a poll in The Charlotte Observer on whether he should finish the season. For the coach of a 1-6 season, he has some respect and gets some, not all, of the blame.
As of 10:30 a.m. Monday, 1,225 said yes, he should get lost now. But 1,336 said no.
There is, apparently, respect for Fox, but a lot of scorn for management, who fans think did not prepare well for this season. Jerry Richardson, the owner, is being accused of penny pinching.
Meanwhile, Fox, a true professional, will go to work to get things fixed. His teams have gone on runs before, but this does not look like one of those times.
Fox has not been given a contract extension and he will be coaching elsewhere next season. He is from California. The 49ers? The Chargers? Fox is from San Diego.
• The Panthers remain the worst offense in the NFL averaging 12 points a game. They are last in yards per game.
• A week after throwing for a career-high 308 yards at home, quarterback Matt Moore threw three interceptions against the Rams.