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).