A "Dear John" Letter

Dear John, We need to talk...

Dear John,

Let me open by saying thank you for what you have done for this organization. I think that it is important to open with that so you will know that it is appreciated. Secondly, let me point out that PantherNation is still very proud of it’s players and what a great group of guys there are in the Panther Colors.

But I think we need to talk.

You see John, its just not working out. It’s not you, It’s me. (Really it is you. We both know that) I think it is time that you start seeing other people. (You know. Other employers) So really I think it is best that you just go ahead and leave.

Tommorow would be good.

And we can still be friends. I Promise.

Please and Thanks.

If it were really that simple. And doesn’t it sound so harsh? Asking him to leave in mid-season?

I think we have reached the point where we can legitimately ask him to go about his way. Or just ask Mr. Richardson to send him away and just buy out his contract. Here is my reasoning. I suspect I am not alone in this thinking.

1. When your Head Coach says something like….

“He can operate our offense the best of the quarterbacks, unless we decide to go with the wishbone or some kind of option offense.”

...referring to Moore and indirectly speaking towards Clausen and Pike.
…I think you have just betrayed any of the confidence that you cast the illusion of having in your players. Also recall his confidence in Jarrett as his told him he was not active some weeks ago.

2. It is probably not a good idea to refer to the Personel Dept. as if to say that they have set you up for failure. One could easily say that Clausen was set up for failure as he was thrown into the fire to start against Cincinatti with barely anyone to seriously pass to. You have also confirmed that there is a rift between you and the Front Office. In other words, there is no cohesion there. It will follow, if it has not already, that this will manifest in the ranks and eventually this team will be in awful shape…but wait…we are already there aren’t we.

3. One could say that Jerry Richardson should hold some blame for this and this may be true. But that isn’t the point here. He is the owner. His job is not to develop players and prepare them to win games. That is the Head Coaches job. There is no evidence that Fox has done this in 2010.

Overall I think the time has come for Mr. Richardson to cut his losses and buy out Fox’s Contract and send him on his way. From this point on I think keeping Fox would do serious damage to the franchise. Players, not just rookies and JAG’s, but core players who are in the early stages of successful careers could see their own situations be bettered elsewhere.

This season could become more destructive to the future of the Franchise by keeping around a Head Coach who no longer cares.

It is time to lay his belongings on the curb and change the locks.

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