one second-quarter play, he was supposed to take a handoff from quarterback Jake Delhomme, but went the wrong way. Delhomme instead handed the ball to Steve Smith on a reverse and Smith was tackled for a 6-yard loss.
teased Davis in the huddle for the remainder of the game.
kind of went the wrong way, so I just handed it off to Steve because it was
better he ran it than me run it," Delhomme laughed. "After that, every
time I called a play I would look at Stephen Davis in the eye and if it was 34,
I'd say, 'THIRTY-FOUR!' on one, and he would just shake his head at me. We had a
good time and it's fun when you can have those games."
has already ran the football 76 times in three games, which means he's on pace
to carry it 405 times this season.
asked if that's too much work for Davis, Fox said, "The one thing I know
about NFL players is sometimes they complain about not getting used enough and
sometimes they complain about getting used too much. So we're going to find that
happy median hopefully, and I think Stephen will be able to handle that
had accounted for 52.8 percent of Carolina's offensive output this season.
what's the best part about starting the NFL season 3-0?
according to head coach John Fox it's going to the grocery store without a
3-0) sure beats the alternative. When you go to the grocery store and they
aren't throwing stuff at you it's something of a compliment," Fox said
Monday at the team's press conference.
of course, was joking, but the team's early-season success has generated a lot
of interest from area football fans that have suddenly taking a shine to the
Panthers. More than 68,000 fans attended Sunday's game against the NFC South
division rival Atlanta Falcons and the bandwagon is filling up with each passing
I'm a fan, I'm giddy and happy, too," Fox said. "But we can't get that
way around here because we have a job to do and we have to remained focused on
said he's outwardly giddy for about 10 minutes after a victory, but it all ends
there. He pulls himself under control before he enters the media room for the
team's post-game press conference.
his arrival here last season, Fox has gone out of his way to establish a
relationship with the fans, often by working through the media.
felt for our fans since I've been here," Fox said. "I know what they
went through with that 1-15 year (in 2001). I wasn't here, but I wouldn't wish
that upon my worst enemy. I'm happy for everyone in the city of Charlotte.
team knows they have that responsibility (to win games) and they know it's not
just for them."
THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Panthers running back Stephen Davis can become the first play
in NFL history to begin his career with a new team by rushing for 100 yards in
each of his first four games.
-- Carolina's rank in the NFL in rushing offense, now the highest in franchise