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March 14, 2010

With Quinn moved, QB pool gets thinner


    If the Panthers are looking for someone to challenge Matt Moore for the starting QB job, the search is apparently going to take some time. 

    With Cleveland's Brady Quinn shipped to Denver Sunday -- for FB Peyton Hillis and two conditional draft picks, per Fox's Jay Glazer -- another potential option was crossed off the list. It's unclear whether the Panthers ever showed any interest in Quinn, but his trade at least dilutes a shallow pool a little more.

    The Panthers don't seem to be in the mix for Derek Anderson, who's scheduled visits with Seattle and Arizona. Those same two are said to be negotiating with San Diego backup Charlie Whitehurst

    So if Carolina's thinking about trading for someone, it's hard to imagine who the target would be. Miami's Tyler Thigpen's a guy they've shown interest in before, but the Dolphins apparently want to keep him as the second, behind Chad Henne and ahead of vet Chad Pennington and gimmick Pat White.

    Simply put, there's not an option in free agency clearly better than Josh McCown (above, file photo), who sounds like their fall-back plan. Not sure they'd let him compete with Moore now, but when they competed for the second job last year, McCown won it.

    At this point, their best chance at upgrading may come after the draft, when teams find future solutions and may look to move veterans out of the way. 

— Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on March 14, 2010 at 05:30 PM | Permalink


Darin gantts face looks like barney from the flinstones viva rock vegas movie.

Posted by: Lolpalooza | Mar 14, 2010 6:12:56 PM

No moves are made since management is so worried about the potential strike in 2011. Since it is so sure the strike will happen, John Fox in his last year and a year that would determine if he gets a contract extension, is determined to go cheap and put out a team similar to an expansion team. I do not know why they want to try and plug the many holes in the team with just a handful of draft picks. Moore's backup will most likely come from draft.

Posted by: William | Mar 14, 2010 6:13:29 PM


Posted by: Lolpalooza | Mar 14, 2010 6:14:04 PM

Great so they raise ticket prices, have a fire sale on the D line and basically write off 2010 by refusing to sign FA's in a year in which we have 5 picks. Great way to keep the fan base energized Jerry.

Posted by: manu4t | Mar 14, 2010 6:20:28 PM

Jeff Garcia. Do it.

Posted by: andyroo | Mar 14, 2010 6:30:07 PM

Did Moore really lose the battle for the 2nd spot, or did Fox just give it to the veteran, like he has done mistakenly several times before. This is the guy who went with Testeverde over Moore, then kept an ineffective Jake over Moore. Seems like a coaching problem, not a playing problem.

Posted by: Ghoul | Mar 14, 2010 6:31:07 PM


you can't blame him for not wanting to start an undrafted rookie in 07. Last year yeah it was a mistake, but even so NOBODY with real NFL knowledge thought Moore would be any good. Even Oregon state fans can't believe it.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 14, 2010 6:41:59 PM

Gimmick ? Really ? Is that necessary ? Kind of a low blow, hows about scrambler, wildcat, or just athlete ?

Posted by: Pat White | Mar 14, 2010 6:56:42 PM

Whenever a rumor pops up that the Panthers may be "eyeing" someone, 2 days later "sources" say their not. It's time to sign somebody!! Anybody!!!(who's name is not Wallace Wright!!!)

Posted by: GROWL2007 | Mar 14, 2010 7:13:37 PM

andyroo speaks the truth.

Posted by: tmack652 | Mar 14, 2010 8:41:02 PM

I thought Garcia already signed somewhere. Even so he's like 38 or 39 lol. I think resigning Josh McCown is the way to go even though it may be awkward given how mccown beat out Moore last offseason.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 14, 2010 9:04:24 PM

Hey Ghoul:
Was Fox making that kind of huge mistake by starting Diggs over Beason in '07? Oh, wait, he wasn't. Was he making that kind of mistake by keeping CJ Wilson as the nickel over Munnerlyn last year? Didn't think so. How about Wharton over Otah? Oh yeah, nope.

And yes, Pat, you're a gimmick. Try completing a pass here and there before you complain.

As for Garcia, he's 40, and the Raiders thought he was worse than JaMarcus Russell. Yeah, read that again. Ja. Marcus. Freaking. Russell.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 14, 2010 10:37:45 PM

Maybe the Defensive line was dumped because we are going to move to a 3-4 D this year. Maybe all those players and salaries were cut to clean up the roster for the next coach. Maybe "They" know that Fox will have another "conservative" season next year setting up the next coach with a soft schedule and high draft picks and plenty of salary cap room to rebuild with. Maybe this crazy plan will actually work in 2 or 3 years...

Posted by: Panthster | Mar 14, 2010 11:11:32 PM

mr. gantt,
I find it unfavorable to speak of a player who is in the national football league as a professional player to be CALLED A GIMMICK! as I last recall you are a writer and not a player in the NFL> It is unsavory for you to speak of a player of whom you were required to report the information upon as a gimmick. the writing of the article paid you monetarily, as have the Miami Dolphins for Pat White. Just stick to the reality ma'am, unless I can find your name on a NFL payroll!

Posted by: summlord | Mar 15, 2010 4:40:56 AM

Hey Procto,
Diggs plays OLB, last I checked Beason plays MLB. Also, it WAS a mistake starting Wilson over Munnerlyn whom is cleary better all around. Starting Fumbles Foster over Williams, hanging on to injured Morgan, old Minter, Rucker, and Buckner were mistakes and last running Jenkins out of town because he spoke his mind was another of Fox's blunders.

You seem to have issues with QB's who have a wide skillset(Vick, White, etc) and love QB's who throw interceptions and have stone feet(Pick6, Carr, McClown, etc). Try telling Pick6 to not throw an interception before he complains, but your bf is gone now. BTW, how's your ex bf Chokafor doing in N.O.?

Posted by: D.W.G | Mar 15, 2010 7:27:25 AM

Ganett you really poked the hornets nest this morning with the White comment. Good job, love reading these PO'ed remarks by these losers without lives who think there sports writers. You should do this once a week and you'll be writing with the big boys in a few months.

Posted by: Chris | Mar 15, 2010 7:53:47 AM

Ghoul is spot on. In '07, after losing Delhomme and then glove boy to injury, the young, undrafted rookie that we stole from Dallas was next in line and I was anxious to see what he had. But wait, who is that? Vinny ol' man Testeverde? After the season was lost, Moore was allowed to play and what did he do? He played his a$$ off. Fast forward to last year and you'll find almost the same senerio except Vinny was allowed to stay at the rest home. In my opinion, Fox blew two seasons not playing Moore sooner and THANK GOD he's willing to leave him alone and give him the job. Now draft Armanti in the middle rounds and pick up someone's discarded veteren and you're done.

Posted by: gradyhog | Mar 15, 2010 8:14:19 AM

I was wondering when someone was going to mention Armanti Edwards from Appstate. Not sure if he has the size to play to play QB in the NFL but how many times has he been told that before. I'm sure no one in Michigan will question his size. I'm with Gradyhog if Panthers can scoop him up with a late round draft pick it would be cool to see what he can do.

Posted by: appst8design | Mar 15, 2010 8:28:46 AM

C'mon, guys. You're going to give beef to Fox for going with a seasoned veteran QB in Testeverde over an undrafted rookie in Moore? That's ridiculous! Moore didn't even know the playbook yet, for Pete's sake! Last season, I do agree that Fox shoulda pulled the plug on Delhomme sooner, but I understood his reluctance. A proven vet QB, albiet struggling, or a 3rd string untested QB? Hmmmm, which would you pick? As far as McQuown winning the number 2 spot over Moore, I again think it was just Fox choosing experience over inexperience. I'm just thankful that the stars lined up right and Matt Moore was given a serious chance to prove his talent level. Good job Matt, and good luck this season!

Posted by: Tarheel Soldier | Mar 15, 2010 8:30:12 AM

Wow, the Browns traded a 1st round pick for a FB and a 6th round pick. That's gotta sting!

Posted by: Tarheel Soldier | Mar 15, 2010 8:33:45 AM

Well, If we are depending on Moore we are scre-wed......Another losing season here we come...Moore is not the answer....Damn.....

Posted by: Michael D | Mar 15, 2010 8:38:18 AM

I am glad Jake got a QB job......He got paid by us and still gets to play.....We made a big mistake by leting him go....You Jack@sses will see what I mean this year....

Posted by: Michael D | Mar 15, 2010 8:42:29 AM

Michael Vick

Posted by: Panther Fan | Mar 15, 2010 8:59:56 AM


Posted by: J | Mar 15, 2010 9:06:28 AM

The Panthers are for SALE? Someone or group please come in and stoke this smoldering ash team!

Posted by: secrules1 | Mar 15, 2010 9:07:09 AM

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