Panthers coach Fox responds to criticism

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Fox is answering his critics -- at least as many as he can.

On that day after Carolina's third straight loss and its sixth straight at home dating to last season, the Internet and local airwaves were packed with people knocking the Carolina Panthers coach for everything that came to mind.

In speaking with the media today, Fox answered some of those criticisms. He doesn't think he's conservative, and he thinks the Panthers are doing the best they can after losing starting quarterback Jake Delhomme to a season-ending elbow injury.

Carolina has scored two offensive touchdowns in the past three games, has no stability at quarterback and an inconsistent running game. On top of that, receiver Steve Smith can't get the ball.

While the defense has improved, it broke down in the final minute Sunday, when tight end Alge Crumpler got free in the secondary for a 30-yard touchdown catch to give Atlanta a 20-13 win.

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