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Panthers: Blue in Carolina

The Panthers are at least a year or two away from a return to respectability.

Updated: July 18, 2002, 8:51 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Not even a guy with the surname Fox, as in rookie head coach John Fox, is sly enough to be able to turn around the Carolina Panthers mess overnight. Heck, club ownership could have exhumed Vince Lombardi after the dismissal of George Seifert and it would not make an immediate difference in the fortunes of a franchise headed in reverse.

This was a team that seemed to do everything right for the first several years of existence. Now owner Jerry Richardson, a man truly dedicated to The Carolinas, ...

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