John Fox Conference Call HIghlights

Panthers head coach John Fox talked to the media about Carolina's quarterback woes, the offense's progression this season, preparing for the Colts, and more!

On overall performance of team last six weeks...

"First of all, they all count. We'd like to be undefeated kind of like your team but that's not reality. We've got a couple of quarterback issues that had a little bit to do with it. Our team understands it's not where you play, it's who you play and how you play."

On Deke (Evansville, IN native) Cooper's road back to the Panthers...

"Deke was obviously a guy we knew because he had been here. That's kind of the way the National Football League can work. Guys make their rounds and sometimes they hit a spot where they're doing really well and right now Deke is playing well for us."

On the return of Vinny Testaverde at age 43...

"The key there is not the fact that he came back to play. He's very capable. He was in New England's camp and we actually saw him in the pre-season. I think the fact that he got here at 10:30 in the morning on Wednesday preparation for the Arizona game and steps in and plays like he did with all intents and purposes only three day practice."

On losing your starting quarterback to injury...

"Yes, it's a nightmare. It's a key position. You look at the two teams everybody is talking about, (the Colts) and New England. I think a lot of it revolves around those quarterbacks. Anytime you lose your starter, it definitely hurts. That's part of the game (injuries). I look at what happened to Philly last year when Donovan McNabb got hurt and Jeff Garcia comes in. You just hope you have a guy that can spark your team."


Vinny Testaverde
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On how players rally around the backup quarterback...

"You don't think the fact that we're 4-2 that we've been without a quarterback for four of those six games. I think it says a little bit about the kind of guys we have."

On new offensive scheme brought in during the offseason...

"We've played kind of how I envisioned us playing. Obviously that's a pretty big blow to them on that side of the ball. We're playing with our third quarterback in six games, so that definitely can kind of burden you some, but I thought they worked through that well and I like what they've done so far."

On the difficulty in preparing for an AFC opponent once in four years...

"No, it's not difficult to prepare. We get the luxury of watching tape. We get to do it for 18 hours a day. We look at a lot of games and you get a feel for what the team is all about, what they do. It's kind of true in your division. You probably know them better, because you do play them twice a year. In another conference, you get a feel for people, playing them in the pre-season or just experiences you've had in the past."

On what he sees in the Colts...

"They're playing as well as anybody in the league right now. When you're sitting at third in the league in offense and defense, that's pretty good. They're playing like defending World Champs."

On watching film specifically from the AFC South...

"We've looked at every game. We went back to our 2003 game down in Indianapolis. We studied a lot and we've had the luxury of having an extra week, we've had more time to study. They're not tricking you, they're just executing real well. I think it revolves around Peyton and obviously he has a pretty gifted receiving corps around there both in, Clark (Dallas), Harrison (Marvin) and Reggie Wayne, not to slight anybody else. Obviously the run game has been averaging almost 150 yards a game. They're doing a great job. They're well coached by Tom Moore (Offensive Coordinator) and Tony (Dungy). There are no secrets to it, they just execute it very well."


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