Change in the Air? Carolina Panthers Slip to 0-5 in Loss to Chicago Bears

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers reacts during a loss against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on November 8, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

A historic loss, and another forgettable one at that. However, this loss should not be forgettable to at least one person: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson. I can only hope that Mr. Richardson keeps the feeling of embarrassment fresh long enough to fire head coach John Fox before the day is out. Carolina has made strides in the last week. First it released a bust wide receiver. Now the next step will be firing a coach who has shown nothing but apathy this season.

Fortunately and unfortunately I had to miss the first half of today’s lop-sided loss. However when I got back, even though it wasn’t pretty at halftime, or even close, I turned on the game via NFL’s Audio Pass. After five minutes of listening, Audio Pass went on a break which it never returned from. No matter what I tried — restarting the computer, restarting the service — nothing had an effect on it. So I didn’t miss a whole lot, except I found it rather entertaining that John Fox decided to switch Jimmy Clausen out for Matt Moore. Who actually thought that was going to be a difference-maker?

Matt Moore is not a franchise QB. I feel kinda sorry for the guy, but there’s a reason why he wasn’t drafted by an NFL team. At this point, he might not even be a very good backup QB, considering he managed to throw two INTs to further seal the floundering Panthers’ fate.

Here’s another idea from the department of ridiculous trades: Why not trade DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (since they’re barely used anymore) in exchange for a star wide receiver and a right tackle, since it seems that Jeff Otah is going to miss most if not all of the season, while Clausen is expected to motor a rookie receiving core with little-to-no protection from the offensive line? Maybe that’s not such a ridiculous idea, since Carolina’s running backs have been on the shelf for the most part this season.

Finally, what’s with putting rookie Armanti Edwards in at receiver? Better still, whose brain child was it to trade a No. 2 draft pick to take a quarterback and turn him into a wide receiver? Some changes need to be made in Carolina’s brain trust. Someone’s not getting the job done anymore.

One good thing to take away from this week’s loss is the Panthers face the Bye next week. Which they should do no worse than a tie against. We’ll see what happens in two weeks. While I’m not counting on it, hopefully we see a change at the head coaching position between now and Week Seven.

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