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Fox Puts to Rest Any Interest the Panthers Have in Mike Vick

Pat Yasinskas of ESPN reports today about John Fox’s session with the media, and how the team seems to have no interest in Mike Vick:

John Fox can play defense as well as he coaches it.

The Carolina Panthers’ coach has mastered the art of politely not saying much in his sessions with the media. He was in midseason form Sunday after his team reported to training camp. After a meeting in which Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Delamielluere, a Charlotte resident, took on the annual guest role of inspirational speaker for the first team meeting, Fox took on his constant role of not revealing much.

The highlights included Fox saying everyone has reported and passed their physical exams and giving his standard line when asked about potential interest in Michael Vick. Fox basically said the Panthers always look at every option, but added that the team is happy with quarterbacks Jake Delhomme, Josh McCown and Matt Moore.

Translation: Fox simply was sticking to routine, but there’s no way the Panthers are interested in Vick. It’s true, they’re content with their quarterback situation. Just as importantly, there’s no way owner Jerry Richardson, who has avoided players with a history of off-field problems in recent years, would want Vick on his team. Fox is on the same page with Richardson in that regard. Besides, adding the kind of hype that Vick would bring, wouldn’t exactly fit Fox’s low-key style.

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