Moving Forward, it’s Time for Moore

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Moore of the Carolina Panthers calls out a signal against the New York Giants on September 12, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Good news fans! According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore is expected to be cleared to participate in practice this week, and should start on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In case you turned the TV off and swore off ever watching another Panthers game before the two-minute warning in Sunday’s game, Moore sustained a concussion on a blow delivered by Giants defensive end Osi Umeniyora. Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen filled in for a couple plays, and the rest is history. Throw this one out; a new week and team lies ahead.

I am both relieved and confident with Moore’s return to the field. Relieved that the young guy is okay and doing a lot better, and confident in his ability to make better passes and make the appropriate adjustments. The Buccaneers are a young team, but that doesn’t automatically disqualify their ability to make plays and take advantage of any mistakes made on Carolina’s behalf.

Sunday’s loss to the Giants was a major bummer, but New York played it’s defense well against an uber-predictable offensive game plan. I was able to call almost every play, perched on my stool at the bar; that’s how much the play calling needs to mix it up, no matter if it’s John Fox or Jeff Davidson making the calls.

For the offensive line, it will be of the utmost importance to do a better job protecting the quarterback. There’s no excuse for Jordan Gross’ missed block that took Moore out of the game. And because he admittedly knows that, I know this offensive line will work it’s tail off this week in order to make the sloppy play look a lot better.

Also, this week’s game against the Bucs is almost sold out. All remaining tickets must be sold by 1 pm Thursday. Hopefully they’ll sell, and there won’t be a blackout in the local market.

It’s time to put the loss behind us, and look ahead to Week Two. No more talk of what was.

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  • John

    I am glad Matt is feeling better. I am worried he is being rushed back. I know an “independent” doctor has to check him out but still I think it’s a concern. Personally I’d like to see the NFL adopt a rule that says if you get concussed you sit the next week. Period. I think it would be better for the players health. I have met several old timers over the years and the way some of these guys are broken at relatively young ages will break your heart.

    Best of luck to Matt and heres to an injury free outing against the Bucs.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      As a soccer player, I’d have to agree with you…I’ll get to that in a sec.

      My main concern is similar to yours, in that I would not be against a rule imposed by the NFL as you stated, that regardless of the magnitude of concussion, there should be a minimum one-week rule where a player may not participate in a game and may only have limited participation in practice. Head trauma is too sensitive to play around with. The NFL has done a good job at making the rules more strict in that area, but I still feel they could be a little bit tighter. Human well-being is far more important than winning or losing a game. It’s just common sense.

      As a soccer player, I also feel it’s the coach or training staff’s responsibility to have the final say in whether or not a player may participate in a practice or game. We have one person who was coming back from a knee injury this week, and the doctor’s advice to him was, “it’s your choice whether you want to play or not.” As a coach or trainer, right then I say let’s see how you look and move during warm-ups, and then I’ll decide how much and whether you play or not. Unfortunately, that was not said; the guy played almost the entire game and tweaked his injury. I would have held him out of the game, because having the player in the long-term is much more important than in one game.

      Good stuff, John.

  • jay

    I can’t believe how many panthers fans want to cut Moore off just after one game. I live in NYC and Eli did a bad job too. But no one in NY is saying to bench him. We need to be more loyal. Remember matt has the worst receiving group in the NFC. He has the worst coaching staff when it comes to passing. Plus he was facing a NYG defense. please prove me wrong but this is the gamelan to beat the panthers…..8 man in the box and a safety over the top on Steve smith GAME OVER. We need to mix it up. And no jimmy is not the answer. Matt Moore is.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      Ummmm…Jay…you got me, man. I have no argument whatsoever. Aside from most everything you mentioned, I think it’s safe to say that most likely everyone here on the Cat Crave staff, has no problem with keeping Moore as the starter…for now, anyway. I personally have no problem keeping the guy as the starting QB for the rest of the season, as he’s earned it. He’s done his time behind Delhomme, and he’s also the “most experienced” QB on the roster. Let Clausen learn the offense from the sideline, get some new coaches in after this year (though I like DC Ron Meeks and DL coach Brian Baker), and let’s see what the future holds for Carolina. Right now this team has the potential to be a +.500 team. But a lot of areas need to step their games up before that’s going to happen.

    • John

      Yeah Jay we have some real winners as fans around here. I too have seen those calls, not on this blog so far, but in lots of places. And yes it is silly. I think it comes from still being relatively new to this. Remember the NY fans have a 60 year head start on us. Also with so many transplants that home grown loyalty isn’t there. I think we will see a more patient and learned fan base when the kids who have grown up with the Panthers make up the majority of it.

      I would like Moore to sit but only due to concerns for his health. As I said above to me a concussion should mean one week of not getting hit but 300 lb guys. Just seems like common sense. I have been a athletic program AD and that was always my rule. If one of our kids got a concussion he sat next week, no exceptions. I would rather lose a game than permanently injure someone. One is forgotten in a couple of weeks the other is for life. I can make that decision in my sleep.