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November 19, 2010

Fox defends QB choice

A day after announcing that journeyman quarterback Brian St. Pierre would start Sunday against Baltimore, Panthers coach John Fox defended his decision to go with St. Pierre over rookie Tony Pike.

St. Pierre has been with the team for eight days, but got the nod over Pike, the team’s sixth-round pick in last April’s draft.

“All our decisions are based on right away who gives us the best chance to win. I think (Pike) understands that. I think everyone in that locker room understands that,” Fox said after Friday’s practice.

“He understands he’s a young player learning. It’s really pretty easy to understand.”

Fox said Pike, who ran a spread offense at Cincinnati, needs more time – either through practice or game reps.

That game experience will not come Sunday – at least not at the start of the game.

Instead, St. Pierre will make his first start in an eight-year career that has seen play in two games and attempt five passes. The 30-year-old St. Pierre practiced with the Panthers for just the fourth time Friday.

Fox said St. Pierre looked “very good, a day better” during Friday’s light workout.

“He had a chance to work some other situations, and handled it well,” Fox added.

Fox said he didn’t think using former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in a Wildcat-type package made sense from a “time management” standpoint.

St. Pierre will direct an offense, already the NFL’s worst, that is depleted by injuries.

Five of the six players who will miss Sunday’s game are from the offensive side: QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion), WR Brandon LaFell (concussion), RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and Tyrell Sutton (ankle) and OL Travelle Wharton (toe).

Special teams player and backup S Marcus Hudson (ankle) also is out.

The news was better injury-wise for the defense. DEs Charles Johnson (hip) and Greg Hardy (concussion) and LBs Jon Beason (knee) and Nic Harris (knee) are probable.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM | Permalink


hopefully AE will at least be activated at WR this weekend.

Posted by: mr obvious | Nov 19, 2010 1:22:39 PM

Give us the real quote.

Fox said he didn’t think using former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in a Wildcat-type package made sense from a “winning football games” standpoint.

Posted by: emlit | Nov 19, 2010 1:23:23 PM

Not so bold prediction -- Barring a miracle win on Sunday, Fox will be fired by Monday afternoon

Posted by: Justin Q | Nov 19, 2010 1:23:55 PM

Fox will not be fired before the end of the season because there is no one to take over. He does not want to finish with a 1-15 record. And it's only one game. Claussen will be back for the Browns game.

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Nov 19, 2010 1:27:58 PM

The whole coaching staff needs to be fired. You're starting a guy who did absolutely nothing when he was in the NFL and was changing diapers last week for crying out loud! You got a legitimate quarterback with Pike and you're not going to start him? But you think Claussen is better because he went to Notre Dame? Surely the owners of the Panthers will follow the lead of the Cowboys and fire Fox...he's obviously coaching well beyond his capabilities!

Posted by: jay | Nov 19, 2010 1:33:03 PM

Fox, don't you know that no one gives a damn about winning at this point? Getting Pike experience in far more important. I knew the minute that St. Pierre was bumped up to the 53 roster he would be the starter in Clausen couldn't go, that's how boringly predictable you are JF. If you really cared about the Panthers winning you should of resigned years ago!

Posted by: Fuzzy | Nov 19, 2010 1:41:16 PM

How many show up for the Arizona home finale, 15,000? You won't be able to give away tickets for free for that one.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 19, 2010 1:41:26 PM

The Ravens defense is going to eat us alive. Lets hope St. Pierre has some secret telegenic he has been planning the last 10 yrs.

Posted by: Tyler | Nov 19, 2010 1:45:21 PM

I can't believe this idiot Fox wants to talk about the best chance to win. He knows he's gone after this season so he is preventing us from seeing if we have any chance with Pike being successful (I personally dont like Clausen, think he is overrated). JR needs to step up and intervene and either force Fox to start Pike or fire him, either way we would be better off. Hell, the Geico Gecko could coach his team better.

Posted by: Rick | Nov 19, 2010 1:47:13 PM

"Give us the real quote.

Fox said he didn’t think using former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards in a Wildcat-type package made sense from a “winning football games” standpoint."

This is a team full of Quarterbacks who have combined to win 1 game, and you're going to bust Armanti's chops?

Posted by: Baghead | Nov 19, 2010 1:50:02 PM

I thought you had to actually do work to be a journeyman.

Posted by: Bill | Nov 19, 2010 1:53:14 PM

ummm, guys Tony Pike could complete a food order, Jimmy Clausen should stick to making pickles, and Armanti Edwards is a WR or a wingback that throws a pass down field on a trick play...... as for St. Pierre, I feel for you brother, you are the sacrificial lamb....Fox doesnt want to lose out, but who are you really going to start? Pike or St Pierre, both have only watched the game from the sidelines and Pierre has done it longer....and Clausen.....we should have traded that pick for Ryan Leaf......he is garbage he was all fluff going into college and deflated when he was leaving...he is the future of losing....

Posted by: Travis | Nov 19, 2010 1:53:42 PM

so who do you think carolina will hire as there next head coach of the carolina panthers?

bill cowher
john gruden
jim harbaugh
wade phillips
bill parcells
or someone els

Posted by: dre | Nov 19, 2010 1:54:16 PM

Fox lies. And that's the truth.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Nov 19, 2010 1:57:10 PM

On the front page of the Charlotte Observer today (Charlotte Disturber) the headline is "Brian WHO?" On the back page of the same section (page 16A) the headline is "Scientists brielfly trap form of Antimatter". Do you think the two articles are related? After all, IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER. The Panthers will get beat soundly this week, again. Instead of walking out of the stadium with our heads down we will be walking out shaking our heads.

Posted by: Bill G | Nov 19, 2010 2:01:29 PM

damn a lot of players have concussions that are out this sunday.

Posted by: d | Nov 19, 2010 2:03:32 PM

God help me but I agree with Fox on this one. Remember, he had to coach David Carr a few years back. The general consensus is that Carr could have been decent but he started as a rookie and had lousy O-lines for five years and is just shell shocked (which is debatable). The general consensus is that the Ravens defense is going to tee off on us (they are) and whoever we start doesn't have a chance (he doesn't). So maybe Fox is trying to spare Pike the fate of David Carr.

Or he's finally having fun and seeing just what it takes to get fired this year. Everyone knows he's gone after this season, and everyone knows he'll get a HC job in about half an hour after he's eligible. Would you rather stick around and coach this mess of a team knowing there's no hope and adding to your career loss column or get fired and collect the remainder of your contract from the Panthers while doing commentary for ESPN? If I were in his shoes I'd come to the press conferences with a bucket of Church's Chicken wearing a McDonald's hat and Falcons Vick jersey. Maybe swig from a bottle of Jack Daniels on the sidelines. Why not have fun with it?

Posted by: swiznami | Nov 19, 2010 2:22:22 PM

let be real,f-ck Fox? ,Hating on Mr.Richardson,yall need to get a life! This is a sport,not your taxes!Give Fox credit,he saw something about Pike that said he is not ready,so did yall,he is too slow in delivery,and play recognition.This is against Balt. Ravens,you all know we most likely will loose either way,due to so many injuries,why put a rookie in there to get more people injured.Lay off Mr.Richardson,.Think of Charlotte without the Pnthers! Get a life and stop cting like spoiled ass lil kids ,watch the damn game ,cher or boo,then go back to your ungrateful ass lives!

Posted by: "get a life yall" | Nov 19, 2010 2:25:24 PM

Here is the real quote. "90% of the Charlotte Observer Panthers fans are complete morons and do not deserve any comments from me"

Posted by: Moronic Fanbase | Nov 19, 2010 2:32:47 PM

Moronic fanbase, what on the posts here is not correct? If you still are dumb enough to be buying what Richardson and Fox are selling, that is on you my friend. The rest of us are wide awake and in complete control of our senses. This team quit on us the fans first, we are just venting. Only a homer idiot would back this trash.

Posted by: I want my heart back that I donated to JR! | Nov 19, 2010 2:36:35 PM

When Fox pulled away from the practice field this afternoon, he was smiling, shades on, with "D--m It Feels Good to be a Gangster" blaring from the CD player.

Posted by: telamon | Nov 19, 2010 2:36:55 PM

If you have all these players hurt....why not go to your pratice squad players?????? Hello.....TRENT GUY.......He is a play maker...and I think will bring major energy that this team needs.......

Posted by: Loushanta | Nov 19, 2010 2:53:56 PM

The ambulances will be lined up outside the stadium for Panthers players Sunday PM

Posted by: Bill | Nov 19, 2010 3:00:36 PM

if i see fox ass in the parking lot after the game this weekend, i am going to put a nice below the knees tackle on his ass, just like the cleveland fan did that little boy..believe that, tackle some sense in him..this team will quit on fox this weekend, just mark my words

Posted by: teemac1974 | Nov 19, 2010 3:03:52 PM

The Panthers have pretty much been running 3 plays and punting on offense all year, how does that make sense from a time management standpoint?

Posted by: Kenny | Nov 19, 2010 3:06:35 PM

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