As we wrote in this morning's Herald, there's a growing uncertainty about the future of Carolina Panthers coach John Fox, and that's created a ripple effect through Bank of America Stadium.
Team sources said last week they think Fox is positioning himself for a move, and while he won't walk away from the $6.5 million he's due next year, he's proud enough to be angered by the team's refusal to extend his contract beyond the 2010 season.
Is that enough to make him ask for permission to look around? That remains to be seen.
But the reality in the short-term is that a lot of folks are walking on eggshells around Bank of America Stadium, which will make the next 72 hours fascinating. No one knows what his next move will be, and there's much speculation inside the building about how things might change without him.
If he's to leave, there are parts of the staff he'd want to take with him. Others will want to remain, if only for a shot at a possible -term head coaching job that could last past the potential 2011 lockout.
How the franchise looks when things settle remains unclear. After all, the entire coaching staff is under contract through 2010, and the entire personnel staff
through June 2011.
There's a chance for stability, and that may be the case even if Fox tries to work his way out.
One thing's for sure, the next few days will be interesting to watch, and significant to the future of the franchise.
And we haven't even gotten to Julius Peppers yet.