Panther Notes

"Well, let me make one thing perfectly clear, there were a lot of mistakes made that game by players, coaches, everybody," Panthers head coach John Fox said. "That one play did not win or lose that football game for us. We just didn't execute. The way it was portrayed wasn't my intentions, to blame him, and actually almost cut him based on that one mistake in the game. That's not the play that won or lost that game for us."

--An angry Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox said Wednesday his intention wasn't to call out wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad for his mistake in Sunday night's overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

One local columnist went as far as to say Muhammad should be released because he's of no value to the Panthers.

"Well, let me make one thing perfectly clear, there were a lot of mistakes made that game by players, coaches, everybody," Panthers head coach John Fox said. "That one play did not win or lose that football game for us. We just didn't execute. The way it was portrayed wasn't my intentions, to blame him, and actually almost cut him based on that one mistake in the game. That's not the play that won or lost that game for us."

Fox added: "That was not my intention, to single him out and blame him for that loss, and that's the way I think it was portrayed, yes."

--Running back Stephen Davis needs only 94 yards rushing to break his career high of 1,432 yards set back in 2001 with the Washington Redskins.

"I haven't thought about it yet, but it's something that will be a goal for me. But really the thing I'm worried about right now is winning a football game. We're on a three-game losing streak and I'm not happy. The best way to get through that is to win a game."

"I think I had a pretty good season in Washington. I'm not going to pick and choose which was the best season. I think I'm having a good season. But hopefully we make it to the playoffs and go deep into them and it would be an even better season."

--Davis said it must be "extremely difficult" for Emmitt Smith to be in the role of a backup.

"He's a competitor and one of the best backs to play the game," Davis said. "I've played seven years against him and watched him and learned some things from him. Emmitt is a competitor and given the opportunity he will make the best of it,"

--The Panthers had only allowed the previous 12 quarterbacks they face to run for 123 yards this season prior to facing Michael Vick.

Vick ran for 141 yards on 14 carries, the third-highest total by a quarterback in league history.

"I'm disappointed because we got all that hype about Mike Vick coming back and he's going to do this and that," said free safety Deon Grant. "My opinion was I'm going to bring my A-game and try to take him out. I thought every guy was going to think the same thing and try to shut them down on offense and defense.

"I'm disappointed that we went out and let what happened to us happen on national TV."

BY THE NUMBERS: 189 -- Stephen Davis' career-high single-game rushing total which came against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 12, 1999.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The thing we have to do is stay focused on what we're trying to do and that goal is to just win one game. We have to go to Arizona with the attitude we had earlier in the season and go out and execute the way we're capable of doing and come out with a victory. We have to have it in our minds where we're going. It's very important to build momentum. It's a situation where you want to be playing at your highest level and practice on the things you're doing wrong. Like I've been telling everyone, you're going to have bumps in the road and for you get through those bumps, you have to pull together." -- RB Stephen Davis on the importance of winning the last three games.


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