Matt Moore Looks Great Amongst Competition

July 29, 2010 - Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States - 29July2010: Carolina Panther quarterback Matt Moore.

I was reading some of Darin Gantt’s notes from Friday’s practice, and of all the things mentioned, the one that particularly stood out was how Matt Moore was looking like the best out of the four quarterbacks.

Of course, that goes without saying that at this stage of training camp, everyone should expect Moore to look the most polished among his competition. That doesn’t mean rookies Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike won’t improve or even surpass Moore, but at this time, Moore is and should be the best option among his counterparts.

Up until this point, I’ve been somewhat down on Gantt’s (and other media-types’) long-lasting opinion of Moore being the odd man out by or about Week Five of the regular season, being supplanted by rookie QB Clausen. Gantt’s observation and opinion definitely yook me by surprise.

4:25 p.m.: If you took the names off the QB jerseys and watched these four, you’d pick Matt Moore, 10-out-of-10 times. –Darin Gantt, Charlotte Observer


Of all the live updates posted by Gantt on Friday, that was the one that stood out the most. Not to say that Gantt’s opinion of Moore has changed from what it was — is — but I do respect the man (as I always have) for being fair and reporting exactly what he saw, and exactly what he felt.

Nonetheless, given Moore’s experience; given the fact that the team — offense especially — is behind this guy 100%, Moore will be given a long leash…longer than some may expect.

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  • Joey

    He also failed to mention that Clausen took all the reps with the second team on his second day of practice. That seems to be much more relevant. Of course the guy with years of experience with the offense is going to know it better the first week of TC. I guess my point is that while no one expects Moore not to start the season, the pre-season and September will decide his long term fate. Not TC against a few rooks.

    • Eric Quackenbush

      Granted, yes — okay. But when a guy who knows this team inside and out says (after predicting his downfall on or about Week Five) take the names off their jerseys, you’d pick Moore 10-out-of-10 times. The guy has been around the offense for years, but technically he only has eight games experience with the starting lineup. So while there are many ways to twist our opinions to counter the other’s, I’ll agree with you to an extent, but I do disagree on pre-season and September determining his long-term future, unless he has Jake Delhomme-sized meltdowns (which I just don’t see happening).

      Divisions aren’t won in September, but they can be lost. Fortunately, the bulk of Carolina’s division games aren’t until after September.

  • J. Gore

    Agreed. Camp will give us a firm grasp of who the #2 guy and so on will be. Pre-season will give us an even better idea. But the starting job will belong to Moore and I’m glad to hear that he’s improved from day one. It seems the defense is always ahead of the offense the first couple days. I guess mainly because it’s on the offense to make plays and there’s probably not as much pressure on the defense to do so right away. I also heard that Jimmy took some reps with the first string and made a few nice plays. Haven’t really heard any more from Cantwell or Pike. Sounds like Goodson is really coming into his own. Also looks like we’re gonna get to see a little more from Jamar Williams in camp too. I’m really excited to hear about all the praise Greg Hardy is receiving. For those of you who haven’t seen it you should check out his you tube video of his highlight reel game from last season. I think it was against Oklahoma but I’m not sure. Just search his name in the toolbar and you’ll find it. I think he had 13 tackles, 9 individual, 5 for a loss, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a couple more QB hurries. My numbers may be a little off but damn, all that in one game. Made me think Julius who? LOL Also seems like Pugh and Noorwood aka-”Wood Shed” are having a hard time keeping their names out of the coaches mouths, apparently for all the right reasons. I know camp just started but Woohoo!! 12 more days until the first game. I can’t wait.

  • Paul W

    I would hope he looks the best,the first day of training camp. He was there last year,and knows the plays,started 5 or 6 games.Yeah,he better stand out the first day.But…the panthers didn’n invest in Clausen,just to have him watch Moore.He will win the job,within the season,if not opening day.

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  • easya

    Moore is the man!!! tired of the doubters/haters!!! Moore is here and its official, he has come to bring us to the promise land !!! ( At least I hope )

  • J. Gore

    Don’t worry easy. Moore is the starter and will be throughout the season unless he gets hurt or starts making alot of mistakes. Clausen may be the guy one day but he’s not gonna be ready to take over right away. He still has a lot to learn. Paul has been watchin to much ESPN. lol