-- Panthers coach John Fox denied a report on foxsports.com that he had told friends he expected to be fired at the end of the season.
"I think if I was talking to my friends, I'd probably tell them if I was expecting a new five-year contract, but I don't think I'd be telling them I'm gettingg fired at the end of the season," Fox said. "I really don't even know how to respond to that. It doesn't make much sense if it did come out."
-- QB Jake Delhomme led the offensive portion of the halftime prayer-meeting, which some veterans said was similar to the 2004 call to arms in San Francisco. That team was 1-7, not just 0-3, but the desperation was similar.
"Some guys just had to get up and get some things off their chest," FB Brad Hoover said.
-- One guy who wasn't talking was LB Jon Beason, who seems to have been chastened after calling out teammate Julius Peppers on his weekly paid radio appearance on WFNZ.
Beason said he wasn't taking questions after the game. Asked why, he responded: "Because I don't want to."
For what it's worth, Peppers didn't talk to reporters either, after his best game in nearly a year.
He finished with two sacks, two tackles for losses and three quarterback hurries, as the Panthers combined to sack Washington's Jason Campbell five times.
They entered the game with four sacks in three games.
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