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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Panthers
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Panthers

"They weren't nearly as bad as their record last year. They lost a lot of close games at the end. They could win six or seven games, which would mean John Fox is the early leader for coach of the year honors....

I don't see Chris Weinke being a total bust, because he's too smart to be really bad. He's a serviceable quarterback, but he needs players around him....

The X factor is DeShaun Foster. Lamar Smith is getting older, and he needs holes to be effective. With that line they'll be awfully tough to find. Foster's fumbling problems can be coached. He could be a great one....

Other than Todd Steussie, you've got to wonder who they'll be running behind when they really need yards....

They're hurting at wide receiver. Muhsin Muhammad is a good possession guy, but Isaac Byrd is a fourth receiver on most teams. Steve Smith is fast, but does he have the hands?...

Julius Peppers has ridiculous ability, but he has to learn to play disciplined football for 60 minutes. He's also got to get better against the run....

Dan Morgan is their best athlete. He will be a breakout star in their new scheme....

Their corners have to terrify them, because they stink. It'll be Fox's biggest challenge, convincing these guys that they can get by. Terry Cousin will probably start, but he's a nickel or a dime guy on most teams. Mike Minter is still a good one, but that secondary is in bad, bad shape."

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