CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Injury-riddled and out of the playoff race before December, the Carolina Panthers seemed certain to have their first double-digit loss season under coach John Fox.
Instead, they're playing their best football of the season, just in time to perhaps mean the embattled Fox will return in 2010.
A day after the Panthers routed the New York Giants for their third win in four games, The Charlotte Observer reported Fox and general manager Marty Hurney will be "offered the opportunity to return next season."
However, the report said Fox will not be given a contract extension. His deal ends after the 2010 season.
Team spokesman Charlie Dayton said Fox and Hurney are under contract and has heard nothing to indicate they won't return next year.