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John Fox's biggest weakness as head coach...

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Fox's weakness is adjusting, and Rivera seems to have that issue too. If the defense continues to show up, and we get more pressure from the best front four in football, we can win this game. Also keeping peyton off the field will help.

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i was going to say game time adjustments. tapping the brakes was the only adjustment that he ever made.

peyton is by far the smartest coach on that team. the only way to beat him is to put his stiff-necked head on a swivel. you've got to play fast and tight. i think at best all we can do with him is slow him down.

on offense, tho, chud just needs to change up things a couple times. let fox think he knows what to expect and then change things on him. he'll pretend and act as if it isn't happening. no adjustments. he does what he does well, but he'll only do it one way.

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I think Manning's success and reputation overrides Fox's conservative tendencies.

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John Fox comes to Carolina for revenge with Peyton Manning and a solid defense in tow against a 2-6 Panthers squad that beat a coachless Saints team and a Redskins team whose coach verbally admitted he's given up on the season.

I smell a Carolina blowout.

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Fox: Peyton you run the team and get me a win. I'll be chilling on the sideline, maybe taking a snooze in the 3rd Q.

Manning: No problem coach. See you after the game.

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offensive efficiency is our best friend. score every time you get the ball, even if it's only a field goal, and force foxy to keep his foot on the gas.

also if we get a dozen or so interceptions it would help our chances enormously.

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We run the ball relentlessly in the 1st half, then come out throwin every direction in the 2nd.... Let Manning do his best to play catchup... If we set our D free, Peyton shouldnt be close to efficient....

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It would be difficult to see how Fox could implement his conservative approach to offense in Denver and still have a job at the end of the season with Manning as his QB.

Being a student of the game and knowing Fox's lengthy history of failed conservative offenses, there is little chance Manning would have agreed to play for the Broncos prior to getting a key role in developing the play book, weekly game plans and override authority of any and all play calling at the point of attack. Denver was not the only team he could have landed with so he likely had the leverage to make this happen.

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I think Mannings strength and aggressiveness trumps Foxs conservativism, when it comes to play calling on offense.

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I really doubt Fox treats an offense led by a future HOF QB in the same way he treated an offense led by Jake Delhomme. As much as I liked Jake, I get the reliance on defense to win that Fox held during his tenure. But that was a very different team than the one he has now.

Manning is an amazing weapon. Whether you love Fox or hate him, there's no way that he's going to forget that.

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