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December 28, 2009

Answering your post-game questions

Q. Is it possible that the way Matt Moore has turned things around for the offense and taken so much pressure off the Defense that he has made it enjoyable enough that Peppers will sign long term with the Panthers?

Posted by: cheerman23 | Dec 27, 2009 3:50:56 PM

A. We asked Peppers about that after the game -- about his future with the team -- and he said "no comment." If he thinks the way the team has played over the last two games has made things more enjoyable, maybe he'll want to stick around.

Q. Has Ron Meeks created the opportunity that Julius Peppers was looking for when he said he wants to be the best he can be?

Posted by: cheerman23 | Dec 27, 2009 3:52:47 PM

A. There's no doubt the defense has adapted and adjusted to Meeks' schemes. Look at Peppers' recent play and it's pretty obvious he's found a comfort zone. Is he in a situation where he can be the best he can be? Probably moreso than he felt he was at the end of last season.

Q. will you guys have the guts to corner John Fox on why he stuck with Jake so long? when he responds with his pat answer will you push him on why he thought Matt Moore was not a choice replacement?

Posted by: bull123 | Dec 27, 2009 3:57:48 PM

A. Fox will again answer that he felt Delhomme gave them the best chance to win. Moore was untested except for three games two seasons ago. Fox was forced to play Moore after Delhomme was hurt. If you're looking for Fox to admit he made a mistake by not pulling that trigger sooner, don't hold your breath!

Q. Now that we are able to see the offense in rhythm is Jeff Davidson a good fit for the Panthers?

Posted by: cheerman23 | Dec 27, 2009 4:02:35 PM

A. So much depends on the New Orleans game. If there's a feeling of momentum heading into the offseason (and if Fox is retained), why change much with an offense that's been so effective recently? If something happens that's reminiscent of the offense's problems earlier in the season, then maybe he's not such a good fit.

Q. After 3 solid performances, is Matt Moore the QB for the longterm?

Posted by: Ray | Dec 27, 2009 4:07:08 PM

Q. Hi guys, knowing Fox's and Richardson's faith in Delhomme despite his struggles this season, if Matt Moore plays this well and we win next week, do you think Jake will start next year? Right now, I've read that Matt will still be in "competition" for the starting job next year, but I feel as if that's just the same thing as saying Jake will start next year.

Posted by: Pratik Shah | Dec 27, 2009 4:07:50 PM

Q. After today's game by Moore, I don't see any scenario where there's not an open competition between Delhomme and Moore in training camp.

Q. Is it really as simple as not throwing the ball to the other team 18 times that gives this team a chance to man handle just about any other team in the league?

Posted by: Scott | Dec 27, 2009 4:18:25 PM

A. Not quite, but close. It helps to have an already talented defense start to come around and force turnovers like nobody's business and a running game that's comparable to the best the NFL has ever seen. But solid, mistake free quarterback play should not be discounted either.

Q. It seems like what I've thought for the longest this year is true; this team is missing pieces, but not enough to change the entire puzzle. What in your mind is the biggest change/addition Carolina needs to make? In your opinion WILL or SHOULD any of Smitty/DeAngelo/J-Stew be traded for picks?

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 27, 2009 4:19:39 PM

A. Don't think any of them will be traded. Smith is the only legitimate receiver they have. The running backs are the team's offensive calling card. The equation has changed now if Moore has played well enough that they don't feel like they have to make a major move for a QB.

Q. Who has more to gain from keeping a billboard "Raging Cajun" around, despite his age, injury status and poor performances... an owner that recently bought Bojangles or a head coach that has been complaining about the QB play for a couple of seasons, despite being labled TOO TIGHT-LIPPED by you guys??

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 27, 2009 4:27:20 PM

A. Not sure which coach you're talking about, because Fox has been in Delhomme's corner consistently.

Q. Will we resign Moore? Also is Stewart OK?

Posted by: Aaron | Dec 27, 2009 4:29:12 PM

A. Moore will be a restricted free agent, but other teams would have to give up draft choices to to sign him away from the Panthers (who can also match any offer). Stewart is fine. But he won't practice Wednesday.,

Q. Here is an even more importan question: why are you guys the only hype machine that has been reporting that Fox's job is in jeapordy for the past two seasons (three if you include what Greenpants Fowler has been writing) and every other analyst is reporting what a good coach he is? More to the point, thanks to you and your drone groupies, how badly do you feel that you have undermined him, especially in lieu of these latest victories?

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 27, 2009 4:32:35 PM

A. I don't think Fox would ever give us enough credit that we've undermined him.

Q. Please provide an update on Steve Smiths' injury. Is he done for the season?

Posted by: Glo | Dec 27, 2009 4:34:20 PM

A. Broken arm, will probably be placed on I.R.

Q. Scott, how has the way Matt Moore has played affected the Panthers' offseason plans? Do you think they will still draft a QB with a high pick or now turn their focus towards a receiving threat in this deep class?

Posted by: Reid | Dec 27, 2009 4:39:38 PM

A. Finding a quarterback probably doesn't have quite the urgency today that it did two weeks ago. You're right, finding a No.2 receiver is key.

Q. Is it me, or does this entire team play with more purpose now that Moore is under center?

Posted by: dogear | Dec 27, 2009 4:51:01 PM

A. Sometimes change is good.

Q. Do the guys at the Observer feel that Moore's success just shows Fox used poor judugement early on....which likely cost Carolina the playoffs? It's not like Moore hadn't shown prior he could come in and play well against good teams before this season starter (he was 2-1 in very good games against 3 playoff teams in 07).

Posted by: aguynamedguy | Dec 27, 2009 4:52:19 PM

A. There are several guys at the Observer who felt Delhomme should have been benched earlier (and said so in their columns).

Posted by Observer Sports on December 28, 2009 at 12:36 AM | Permalink


I was referring to the head coach you hacks have been working so hard to sell out, becuase Cowhard has decided he is going to coach where is little girl goes to school.

Immediately after the game and for three days after the playoff loss last year, Fox answered every question with, "you can not win with six turnovers." Monday, after Richardson got a hold of him no doubt, he went back to his typical and diplomatic stance. BTW, he also made reference to not turning the ball over a couple of times last season during the regular season as well.
As soon as the problem(s) began this season, he was making the same comment and diplomatically dispelling anything else. Fox always had a ton of integrity and has taken the blame for everything, despite you hacks doing your best to ruin him. You should at least acknowledge a little of that. But obviously, INTEGRITY is not a major concern of yours. Dispicably pathetic, seriously.

Does that clarify which coach I was talking about?? :)

Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 28, 2009 3:58:20 AM


Posted by: SYRPIS | Dec 28, 2009 3:58:44 AM

If Fox and Delhomme are back I will sell my tickets next season to other teams fans and use the money to purchase a home theatre system to watch the games. When Fox and/or Jokehommie are gone then I will return.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 8:49:52 AM

Everyone look at the pic Jack the Hack, Fox and Hernia laughing at all of us before the game on Sunday.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 8:53:04 AM

Jerry Richardson is it true what Garcia is saying on WFAN that you are the one behind meddling and pushing Fox to play Jake? Is this why Mark really left? You sir need to wake up and get rid of this idiot Jake. I have always had respect for you but if this is true then I am done. I have stopped eating at Bojangles as well.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 8:55:28 AM

Kevin, if you're going to be a joke of a fan, then sell your tickets and go root for someone else, you clown ...

Posted by: Shane | Dec 28, 2009 9:00:52 AM

I will Shane Fox/Hernia/Delhome.
Which one are you.

Fox/Hernia = 3 playoff years out of eight.

Delhomme Ranked 34 out of 32.

Let's acquire and see what the other teams will give us for good/guy, Jake.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 10:17:40 AM

hey kevin the idiot, i will buy those tickets from you, because you are not a real fan anyway.you clown..fox should stay, only if he give the job to moore, but the real man that should go is hurney, he makes the money decision on the contracts..see ya..8-8 this team will be and 12-4, next year..let's go panthers

Posted by: tim | Dec 28, 2009 10:36:52 AM

Pulling for a Saints 50 point win...maybe then Fox will be back on the hot seat.

Posted by: Brad | Dec 28, 2009 10:42:00 AM

yeah tim that's Fox's way stink it up one year get a easy schedule then do well. He has never had a winning record 2 years in a row. Moore would not had a chance if Delhome had not "broke" his finger. Remember Jake gives us the best chance to win.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 10:45:27 AM

some observations:
1.the panthers have one of the most talented teams in the n.f.l,including what has to be the deepest off line.all it needed was 1 stubborn coach to ruin it.
2.moore probably saved foxes job.fox should get on his knees and apologize for disrespecting him.amazingly,i wouldnt be surprised if jake is the starter next year.
3.crossman needs to go.
4.goodson should have been in the slot all year,instead of foxes doghouse.
5.dont be fooled by peppers.hes just auditioning.
6dont get me wrong, i love deangelo but stewart wears out defenses and he can break tackles and get yards where there are no yards.
7.hurney got most of this talent.fox and jake spoiled it.
8.try to buy out jake and make him a coach.
9.were a #2 receiver away from a deep playoff run in 10.

Posted by: raydaz | Dec 28, 2009 11:16:23 AM

As long as Jake and Fox are on this team together we have peaked in 2003. Fox and Jake remind me of broke back mountain.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 11:53:30 AM

I don't see the other players who are on IR walking around spitting tobacco on the sideline. Jake should stay at home next week. There is nothing good that can come from his advice to Matt Moore.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 11:54:59 AM

Kevin, I thought it took a lot of guts for Jake to make the trip to New York. I don't think I could've stood there and watched my replacement get praise heaped on him (even though it was well-deserved praise). And I am ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that you don't have enough class to do either! I would love to see Jake get another chance when he doesn't have the weight of the world on his shoulders--having the bad playoff game and then having to wait eight months to redeem himself. Not one person in ten million would've been able to perform adequately under that pressure. Rather than slamming the man, you should be appreciative for what he's brought to Charlotte and the Panthers. Get off his case, already! You are pathetic, as is everyone else who continually belittles Jake and calls him names, as though he were a piece of furniture rather than a human being! And whoever made the comment about Jake and Fox and Hurney "laughing at us" is beyond stupid!

Posted by: Panthergirl | Dec 28, 2009 12:22:12 PM

I feel better about the team going into this offseason than I did last offseason, even with the record being so much worse. I'm so excited by the play of Moore that I think now a #2 WR is the main thing we need. If we keep Hurney/Fox around, though, I worry about another second round WR bust a la Dwayne Jarrett and Keary Colbert. I don't know why we've had such success drafting other positions and have been so bad at drafting wide receivers.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Dec 28, 2009 12:53:23 PM

Panthergirl are you the Richardson girl dating Jake?
The Panthers have won in spite of Jake since 2003. Jake should have retired when he had his surgery. He is the one who threw 18 interceptions and many fumbles this year. If not for Steve Smith jumping 10 feet high these years no one would even know Jake's name. Jake may be a nice guy but he is no longer an NFL quarterback sorry.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 12:56:55 PM

We have not had a quarterback until Moore that could his a broad side of a barn. I would like to see Jarrett start. Let's see if Moore can get Jarrett open.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 12:58:52 PM

Kevin, no I am NOT the Richardson girl dating Jake, because Jake is a happily married man, and the "Richardson girl" is old enough to be his mother. I work with an attorney who worked directly with Jake in past endeavors, so he knows of what he speaks. It may very well be that Jake is through--all I'm saying is that he deserves to go out with dignity and respect--not as the goat. I would just love to see him go out on a high note--have a great game, and announce his retirement. People like you are simply not willing to admit that Jake has taken the Panthers to improbable heights in his tenure here. Why can you not give the man his due? I've read that Jake still wants to play for the Panthers. With fans such as you, I just have to wonder why he would want to put himself through that misery.

Posted by: Panthergirl | Dec 28, 2009 1:27:53 PM

1) Fox is a great coach between games, it is his in-game coaching that fails us.
2) Delhomme was a top 10 QB until his injury 2 years ago. Bottom 5 since.
3) Trade Peppers for a 7th rounder for all I care. He is not worth much to us as he is not a team player. He should have played Basketball.
4) Get us a great in-game coach, start Moore all year, and return all the guys from IR, and we will be back to 12-4 next year.

Posted by: Superman Wears 89 | Dec 28, 2009 1:36:17 PM

The reason he wants to play is Hairbrain Richardson or Hurney or Fox gave him a 40 million dollar contract last year. I bet that is why Mark left the organization. If Jake wanted to go out on a high note he should have thrown the ball to his teammates instead of the other team. Give him a box of biscuits and tell him to hit the road. He is not being a role model spitting tobacco all over the field.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 2:02:57 PM

Jake's contract was not 40 million GUARANTEED. At least get your facts straight--no one expected Jake to play for five years when they gave him the extension. I wonder why Jake didn't think of throwing to his teammates--I'm sure he threw the 18 interceptions just to upset the fans! Good Lord, how much pressure do you think one man can take? His whole high road approach to his failings has been inspirational. Most would lay blame and point fingers. Jake has taken ALL the blame, even when his receivers admitted to running the wrong route, and just missing a signal. But did Jake trash them for that--no, he simply quietly, and with dignity and integrity, took all the blame. I cannot count the number of times the announcers (network, not local) have emphasized that interceptions are never simply the quarterback's fault--there are many, many facets that figure in. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree, because I think Jake is a class act who deserves to be treated with as much dignity and respect as any other human being. He didn't kill anyone--he didn't abuse animals--he didn't shoot his pregnant girlfriend! He's just played to the best of his ability for his entire career. Who knows how the Tommy John surgery affected him (I hear problems manifest themselves well after the return to action). Who knows, but he deserves our appreciation for what he has accomplished, and I, for one, wish him the best of luck whatever his future holds.

Posted by: Panthergirl | Dec 28, 2009 2:22:43 PM

I would appreciate him more if he would have thrown the ball away instead of closing his eyes and just throwing it up for grabs. The receivers have jumped 10 feet to catch his passes, fell into the ground, reach behind them, in front of theem. Ask the receivers how they like having the ball thrown where it is suppose to be. Jake told reporters after his surgery that his arm had not felt right for years. He should of been a true leader and benched himself when he knew he was unable to be effective. Fox should have benched him after the Philly game. It is as much of Fox or Hurney or Richardson's fault. The contract is for 40 million with 20 million guaranteed. What a total waste.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 2:33:35 PM

"As long as Jake and Fox are on this team together we have peaked in 2003. Fox and Jake remind me of broke back mountain.
Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 11:53:30 AM"......... I bet you watch that movie over & over dont you.

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 28, 2009 6:01:46 PM

Never seen the movie, but Jake and Foxie talk about each other like they have been in the movie.

Posted by: kevin | Dec 28, 2009 6:30:24 PM

I have an idea for you "journalists". How about when someone asks if Peppers might sign with the Panthers now that he seems happier, you make a phone call & talk to his agent instead of ambushing the guy after a game?

Posted by: MrBernz | Dec 28, 2009 6:42:52 PM

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