Bus Stops: Fox's job in jeopardy; Steelers defense in big trouble
Fox saw that playoff game last year firsthand. He had an entire offseason to evaluate his passers. And he didn't take the necessary steps to ensure the franchise's success down the line. Whether it was a free agent --
Instead, the Panthers gave Delhomme a five-year contract extension, and now they don't have anyone else who can compete for the position. Fox went through the whole darn depth chart yesterday and didn't see a positive thing from anyone.
To me, that all goes on the coach. Coaches live and die by their quarterbacks, and Fox is riding Jake Delhomme to his grave. If he wants to save his job, he ought to be looking for options, whether it be a veteran who got released in the preseason or someone in a trade. Maybe it's time to call Minnesota about one of its backups.
Look at the Panthers' schedule. They have the Falcons, Cowboys and Redskins coming up: three losable games. If they go 0-4, I would fire John Fox. He's stuck with Jake Delhomme, who has repeatedly shown that he's not an elite quarterback. He's provided himself no alternatives. Without a huge turnaround, I think this is the end of the road for John Fox.
People will say, "Well, they still have
Now, here's what worries me: I've had an MCL injury and the thing it affects the most is the lateral movement. Sure, you can run straight lines. But when you have to go left and right it becomes a problem. If you've ever watched Troy, you know he's so unpredictable in how he moves -- all over the place. An MCL could be a bigger problem for a guy who moves like that. I expect to see him out on the longer side of the projected three to six weeks. If it goes longer, could they win another Super Bowl without him? I don't think so.
The running back I like least on that team is
The bigger problem, though, is the offensive line. They have no continuity. On top of not being able to protect
This problem isn't anything new, and I blame the coaching staff for not addressing the line in the offseason. How did they rationalize not doing anything about it? Well, they won a Super Bowl. They won't be so lucky twice in a row. If Ben continues to get hit the way he did Thursday -- the same way he did last year, then this will come back to haunt the Steelers. Ben will get hurt. Ben will miss games. And they don't have a line to run behind without Ben. Pittsburgh can't repeat with the line playing like this.
I honestly believe Reid sees Vick as more than just a weapon or a Wildcat guy. I think he wants Vick to be the next guy there in Philly. Not right now -- because Donovan still provides the best chance to win -- but soon. It would be such an easy transition, right? Look at Donovan's early years: he was a runner. When things broke down he made plays with his feet. Andy Reid has built that into his offense, and in Vick he sees a guy who not only knows the West Coast offense but who can kind of give him a time warp at quarterback. The transition to Vick should be an easy one.
So Reid will tempt fate, risk a quarterback controversy, and play Vick when he's eligible. It beats playing Kolb again. Donovan McNabb is a guy who's been hurt before. It's going to happen again. And whether Andy Reid wants to say it or not, Michael Vick, not Kolb, is his backup. He needs to see what Mike can do. This situation really provides the perfect opportunity to play Vick without having to bench Donovan.