It is “Black Monday” in NFL. The list of unemployed coaches gets bigger today. Washington coach Jim Zorn and Bills interim coach Perry Fewell both got the axe Monday afternoon. The Skins are already talking with former Broncos coach Mike Shannahan about their vacancy. There is also a report that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher is leaning toward not coaching in 2010.
As for the Panthers they want coach John Fox to return but he still hasn’t committed to come back for his 9th year. He has one year left on his contract and the team doesn’t seem eager to offer a contract extension.
And then there are the personnel questions. Quarterback Jake Delhomme says he expects to be back with the team although he admits he expects to battle Matt Moore for the starting job. And All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers one year deal is up so the team will have to make a decision on him, that is assuming he is willing to stay in Carolina. He apparently is still trying to decide if he wants to stay or go.
The Panthers finished 8-8. They will not have a first round draft pick in April because they traded it to San Francisco last year.