It was the final game for Fox, as the team will go in a different direction with a new voice in 2011. Several players stated that the coach shed tears during a goodbye speech in the locker room following the season-ending loss
The season for the Panthers finished 2-14, by far their worst record since Fox joined the team in 2002. “Those guys understand how I feel about them, win or lose,” Fox said. “I appreciate and respect their efforts.”
Fox finished his career with a 73-71 record in the regular season and a 5-3 mark in the postseason. He led the Panthers to two NFC Championship games and their only Super Bowl appearance in 2003 only to lose by a field goal to the Patriots.
With Fox out of the picture, the team can start the search for a new coach, and also they will have the #1 pick in April’s NFL Draft.
“It’s been a heck of a run,” Fox said. “I could use another word but chances are this might be on camera. It’s been a great run, great memories, I know I didn’t finish like anybody wanted but if you had told me in 2002 it would have been a nine-year run I would have taken it and run. I’ve always taken it one day at a time in this business. You’re never promised tomorrow.”