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September 20, 2010

Quick switch: Clausen in, Moore out

After an eventful Monday around the Panthers’ offices, Jimmy Clausen is in the position he’s always dreamed of, and Matt Moore is back in the spot he’s almost always been in.

And it’s clear John Fox is not going to stand pat if this is, in fact, his final year in his current position.

Fox needed just two games to verify that the Panthers’ preseason allergies to the end zone were not just an August problem. After Carolina managed just one touchdown in losses to New York and Tampa Bay, Fox pulled the trigger on a quarterback switch.

Clausen’s in, Moore’s out – the scenario many envisioned when the Panthers drafted Clausen when he slipped to the second round in April. Moore, of course, had a different vision.

“I don’t think my thoughts were headed in that direction at all,” Moore said. “I was confident. And I still am. I know I can play. Unfortunately, the last two showings haven’t been great.”

Moore’s stat line from the first two games: six turnovers, eight sacks, one concussion and one benching.

Given that Moore was 4-1 down the stretch last season, did he think the hook came too quickly?

“That doesn’t matter what I think,” he said. “That’s a decision they made. I respect it. Disappointed, but respect and understand.”

Now it’s Clausen’s turn.

In his first series Sunday after replacing Moore in the fourth quarter against the Bucs, he moved the Panthers tantalizingly close to the end zone before Tampa Bay turned back the threat with a stop on fourth-and-goal.

On his second series, Clausen was picked off. There will be growing pains.

And while saying he wishes no ill will on Clausen, Moore pointed out that he’s been the No. 2 quarterback before and found himself starting. He would welcome another chance.

In the meantime, Moore (with an unintended double entendre) said he “will be behind Jimmy as the weeks go on.”

Time will tell.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on September 20, 2010 at 06:27 PM | Permalink

Comments

Its only been two games but Moore has been pretty bad. I would have gave him a few more but if Calusen can get this offense moving then he has earned it.

Posted by: Tyler | Sep 20, 2010 8:17:38 PM

Richardson owes those of us paying for PSLs and tickets an explanation from the top. He's the one that forced the purge and is ultimately responsible for the product on the field.

Also, got an email from the Panthers today inviting me to the "Football 101" class. Isn't that what this TEAM needs?

Com'on man!

Posted by: obx | Sep 20, 2010 8:30:49 PM

What a true class act Moore is, but if you aren't able to produce or leading the offense, you have to be bench.

Whoever made the decision rather its was Fox or the front office, they have finally woking up and pull a QB out the game. Matter of fact for th next game.

Play the QB, who actually gives you the best chance to win. Clausen won't come in and pull up hall of frame numbers.

But just make the right decisions with the ball. Btw, this week the Bengals isn't going to play prevent defense.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 20, 2010 8:36:16 PM

And if he doesn't? Can I begin to clamor for Pike or Armanti?

Posted by: Don Rickles | Sep 20, 2010 8:41:56 PM

@ Don Rickles

Lol, it won't be long before we hear the Pike or Edwards cheering.

Fans in general loves back up players to get a shot and once they do bad, they will throw them under the bus.

Hopefully with Clausen starting, they will have the patience to stick with him through thick and thin. Not giving up on him after a couple of bad games.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 20, 2010 8:52:41 PM

Behind 31 year old steve smith there is nobody and i mean nobody that can catch the ball.That has been the problem ever since the Championship game in Seattle.And it still has not been fixed!!!!!!!Anquan Boldin,Terrell Owens,Vincent Jackson we had a chance to trade for one of them and didnt and now we pay the price.you pay what you get for mr richardson the rookie wr's and bunch of worthless tight ends will not do it.

Posted by: danny | Sep 20, 2010 9:27:53 PM

Our tight ends are just fine. We need Otah back. Bad.

Posted by: #2vbengals | Sep 20, 2010 10:19:06 PM

For some reason Moore just can't seem to make a decision with the ball. The line can't block forever but man... he was looking like Carr back there. I can't help but think that Moore is gone after the season and the Panthers bring in a veteran to help mentor Clausen and Pike.

We won't know what we have in those young WR's, and TE's until a QB can actually hit them. Against the Bucs Rosario was wide open... Gettis was wide open... both would have been easy scores if Moore hit them. Instead the ball went 5+ yards over their heads.

Posted by: Ashe | Sep 20, 2010 10:24:49 PM

For some reason Moore just can't seem to make a decision with the ball. The line can't block forever but man... he was looking like Carr back there. I can't help but think that Moore is gone after the season and the Panthers bring in a veteran to help mentor Clausen and Pike.

We won't know what we have in those young WR's, and TE's until a QB can actually hit them. Against the Bucs Rosario was wide open... Gettis was wide open... both would have been easy scores if Moore hit them. Instead the ball went 5+ yards over their heads.

Posted by: Ashe | Sep 20, 2010 10:24:49 PM

@ Ashe

The announcers and some fans clearly stated that Gettis had stop running full speed for the ball? Even after the game he stated, he didn't finish his route. That he needs to study the playbook more.

I don't know how nobody can't tell? But Moore threw a good pass. Smith and Dante R dropped decent to good passes, but hey knowing this fan base in general its all Moore fault.

Dante R also as well stated he dropped a sure handed touchdown.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 20, 2010 10:29:02 PM

I don't know I watched the replays and Gettis was already past Barber when Moore let it go. Whatever the reason this team has no chemistry in the passing game. Moore was holding that ball forever. Rosario can be a good team guy and say not catching that pass was on him but he's not 7'8"... and it was a clear overthrow by Moore. I hate to see Moore flop especially after that glimmer of hope he gave us last season.

The reality is we're watching the youngest team in the league with issues across the board and we're a year or two away. I'll still support this team... I watched every game in that 1-15 season but it's pretty clear Clausen is the future. It isn't all Moore's fault but he hasn't done himself any favors either.

Posted by: Ashe | Sep 20, 2010 11:21:20 PM

@Ashe

I agree. The Bucs went thru the same situation last year, even though they fired both the offensive/defensive coordinators during the season.

This very young team will have growing pains, hopefully when the new CBA comes up. JR will extend Beason and Kalil, also willing to spend.

Even though no matter what the FO do, we will hear complaints. Especially if they had gotten Vincent J on this team and he was to have a bad game. The bashers in general will clam that JR overpaid him and along other players.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 20, 2010 11:31:09 PM

What's the most disappointing is that there was trade value for Moore at the end of the season. I think a few teams were willing to part a 3rd and 4th rounder for him. Now? We get absolutely ZILCH for him and and a liability on the books for absolutely nothing. Ugh...

Posted by: Kenneth | Sep 21, 2010 12:21:56 AM

What's the most disappointing is that there was trade value for Moore at the end of the season. I think a few teams were willing to part a 3rd and 4th rounder for him. Now? We get absolutely ZILCH for him and and a liability on the books for absolutely nothing. Ugh...

Posted by: Kenneth | Sep 21, 2010 12:21:56 AM

What's the most disappointing is that there was trade value for Moore at the end of the season. I think a few teams were willing to part a 3rd and 4th rounder for him. Now? We get absolutely ZILCH for him and and a liability on the books for absolutely nothing. Ugh...

Posted by: Kenneth | Sep 21, 2010 12:21:57 AM

@Kenneth

Which team you know would surrender a 3rd or 4th rounder for a back up QB in Matt M? More like a 5th or 6th round at best, even though I like the guy.

Nobody could have predicted that Clausen and Pike would have been around in the 2nd or 6th round.

If they didn't know and Clausen and Pike were drafted much earlier, who was going to play QB? Cantwell? Since they released Jake D.

Posted by: adam carter | Sep 21, 2010 12:31:10 AM

Anyone who would call for Pike or Edwards after a bad start or two from Clausen would be crazy. But the calls for Clausen to play after the Tampa game were well justified. Moore looks like a shell of the QB he was at the end of last season. Time to see what Jimmy can do and let him make his rookie mistakes while hopefully making this offense look respectable as well. Its not like we have a Super Bowl team on our hands, or even a playoff team for that matter.

RIP Kenny McKinley

Posted by: DB | Sep 21, 2010 12:35:16 AM

Scoot -couldn't be more- Fowler is such an ignorant jaggoff! "THE NEW FOX." I still can't over how some keep giving this guy a paycheck. All I have to say to that is, was it strawberry flavored, Scoot?

First year as a head coach, after spending an entire off-season molding the offense after a record breaking Chris Weinke, he pulls him during the preaseason.

The second year Fox was a head coach, after Peete gave him a respectable performance the previous year and was afforted all sorts of allowances throughout training camp, he was benched at HALFTIME DURING THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON.

Then there was the Bojangles billboard era---nuff said there.

Now Greenpants wants to continue is dispicable (and now pointless) campain of underming Fox to bring in Cowher??

If this tabloid didn't report as much "NEWS" as it does, I would never return.

Posted by: SYRPIS | Sep 21, 2010 1:09:00 AM

All of you "fans" got what you wanted when you asked for Delhomme to be pulled. Now look what we're stuck with. A decent back-up with good physical skills in Matt Moore who apparently doesn't have the personality/emotional makeup to be the day-in day-out leader our team needs. Certainly not the leadership skills Delhomme displayed. And THREE, THREE COUNT 'EM unproven rookies! I hope Jimmy Clausen (hmmm JC, the new messiah?) proves to be the leader we need but it's beyond me why we pay a proven veteran to go mentor Colt McCoy. All that being said: Com'on JC lead the Panthers back to the PLAYOFF promised land! Go PANTHERS! Oh, one more thing it would sure be nice to see some creative play calling. Lining Armanti Edwards up at QB with Smitty, DeAngelo, Stewart, Gettis and Goodson on the field with him I can see a lot of interesting possibilities.

Posted by: moondown1 | Sep 21, 2010 4:56:19 PM

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