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Chucky's Chalk Talk

By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 27, 2002

On Panthers rookie quarterback Randy Fasani:

"He's an athlete. He's a guy who won games. You have to admire what he did at Stanford. He won games, he's an athletic guy. He didn't get to become a full-time guy until late in the process. He comes from a (Tyrone) Willingham offense, he's got some pro-style background. I know this, from watching him out there at Stanford, he's going to compete. The guy's got a real good spirit about him. He sees things. He's a guy who's a heady player and I think they're confident. He had a real good preseason for them."

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On the Panthers' pass rush led by its defensive ends, rookie Julius Peppers and Michael Rucker:

"Well, (Pepppers) is a good player. The other guy, (Michael) Rucker was the NFC Player of the Month the first month of the season. Both those ends are really good players. Their scheme of things, they do a nice job of moving the front, they jam the front, they give you the 4-6 defense so it's hard to get doubles on all these guys. They're good prospects, no question about it. Really good prospects."

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On the Panthers defense ranking fourth overall in the NFL:

"John Fox is a guy that not a lot of people are familiar with, bug he's a great coach. What he did for (Giants defensive end) Michael Strahan in New York speaks for itself. The guy understands football, he's great with players. ... This is a very physical defensive football team. All you have to do is watch them play Green Bay in Lambeau Field. If it wasn't for a couple of trick plays it's a long day for the Packers three weeks ago in Lambeau. This is a good team and protection will be a huge, huge factor in terms of winning this game."


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