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Fox Says the Pass Protection Issues Can Be Corrected

Despite issues in Baltimore, John Fox feels that issues with the pass protection can be corrected by the time the season gets going in a few weeks:

Panthers coach John Fox doesn’t appear too worried about some of the problems that plagued the Carolina Panthers in Thursday night’s preseason loss to Baltimore, saying they were “correctable.” In particular, Fox pointed to the play of the offensive line which surrendered seven sacks and was repeatedly penalized in the 17-12 defeat. Fox believes some of those problems are the result of not game-planning for preseason opponents. In fact, he said to this point in training camp the Panthers haven’t even worked against a 3-4 defense, which of course is what the Ravens — as well as their next opponent, the New York Jets — play. “We didn’t pass protect as well as we needed to,” Fox said. “When we game plan, we look at four games. You know exactly what the opponent is going to do. You see all their blitzes; you see all their pressures; and you see their personnel. One frustrating part about preseason is you don’t get the opportunity to game plan, so a lot of it is new and you have to understand basic concepts and some of the finer points of things without actually repping them. Sometimes that’s kind of expected. That was an area we need to get better.”

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