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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sehorn

Jason Sehorn feels like John Fox isn't the guy to blame for Carolina's terrible season, and made those words clear while blasting Carolina management this week.

Sehorn's words aren't out of line, as he's defending a guy he believes in (Mike Trgovac, who some consider to have left Carolina because of Fox's meddling in the defense, did the same thing last month regarding the media's concoction over whether the Brian St. Pierre game was "mutiny"). John Fox isn't the villain, he's a guy who makes a significant amount of money who apparently wants more - and the owner doesn't feel like that's something that can be done. It may have helped cause the current situation, and it's somewhat unprecedented to have a lame duck coach in the NFL, but Richardson views the upcoming CBA issue as unprecedented on its own.

But where Sehorn fails is the idea that Fox should've been fired after 2009. 2009 was a solid year that would've been built upon, not something you fire a coach for. Richardson's philosophy was likely that Fox had another shot to earn that extra money, while earning a significant amount already ($6.5 million this year). In other words, you don't fire a head coach who's doing a good job because of future contract concerns.

Either way, there's the feeling that all parties involved can't wait to simply move on. Players are working hard, coaches are throwing their full effort in, and the front office is putting full force into damage control.

It was interesting that Sehorn sought work here, but that the fit wasn't there because of his want to play safety. There was definitely a feeling that a post-injury Sehorn was marketing himself, but there was never a feeling of whether there was mutual interest or as what. Sehorn would've brought an interesting dynamic to the early John Fox teams, but the team changed its philosophy on the corner v/s safety effort by 2004, and he was famously burned at safety in 2003 in the second overtime by Steve Smith in that year's playoffs, sending Carolina a step toward the playoffs and sending Sehorn toward retirement.
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