Strange decision by Carolina Panther coach John Fox to announce Monday that he will start Matt Moore at quarterback Sunday against San Francisco.
Announce is the wrong term. Director of communications Charlie Dayton read a Fox quote.
Moore started the first two games and then was benched. Rookie Jimmy Clausen started the last three.
When Fox elected to start Clausen, there were media reports that Panther owner Jerry Richardson made the call. Do the folks that floated that rumor also believe Richardson made the call to start Moore this weekend?
Richardson had nothing to do with either decision. He doesn't make personnel decisions. The decision to start Clausen was Fox's exclusively.
So is the decision to start Moore.
Because Fox won't be coaching the Panthers next season, he wants to win now. San Francisco, at Bank of America Stadium, offers a better opportunity than he'll have most Sundays.
But it's a mistake. Clausen will be Carolina's starting quarterback. So why not give him the valuable experience playing provides?
It's not as if he's getting beaten up out there. He's taken some big hits, but so do Brett Favre and Tony Romo. Clausen certainly is not taking the beating former Panther (and current San Francisco back-up) David Carr did as a rookie.
The Panthers started over this season. They jettisoned their veterans and filled the roster with young talent.
It's a mistake not to commit to it.