Apparently, I've disappointed the Bill Cowher legions here, by saying that there's no chance he ends up the next coach here (Click here for part one).
But don't mistake that for being an endorsement of status quo. Not the same thing.
The reality is, there could well be a coaching search here at the end of the season. The back-and-forth of good year/bad year has worn a lot of folks out, and with good reason.
The thing that may doom John Fox this time around is that at 5-7 and facing a brutal December schedule, the bottom's about to fall out.
Prior to this season, the Panthers were just one of four teams who haven't had a 10-loss season or worse since 2002 (along with New England, Indianapolis and Denver). Fox could always point to the fact that even when things were awful, he kept the team competitive.
That's not the case now, and frankly it's hard to see them winning again, or at least more than one. While it's only one different, 6-10 simply carries a different weight than 7-9 does.
Is Fox safe? Far from it.
All I'm saying is, it's safe to say Cowher's not walking through that door to fix it.