Panthers | Fox apologizes to team for trick play call Sun, 17 Sep 2006 18:50:59 -0700 Don Pierson, of the Chicago Tribune, reports Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox apologized to his team Sunday, Sept. 17, for calling a bizarre cross-field lateral pass on a punt return while protecting a touchdown lead with 9 minutes 50 seconds to play in the team's Week 2 game. The play backfired and the Panthers gift-wrapped a 16-13, home-opening overtime victory for Minnesota Vikings' new head coach Brad Childress, who will make no apologies for taking a 2-0 record into next week's early NFC North showdown against the 2-0 Bears at the Metrodome. After Panthers punt returner CB Chris Gamble caught a punt in great field position at his own 40-yard line, he inexplicably threw a wild pass - presumably intended for CB Richard Marshall, who was somewhere on the opposite side of the field. The ball was recovered by Minnesota LB Jason Glenn, setting up a game tying touchdown. With as many injuries as the Panthers have, it's a wonder they were beating the Vikings at all, which made the trick play all the more lamentable for Carolina fans. "In hindsight, it is a trick play that I wish I had back," Fox said. "Unfortunately, that is not the way it works."