A new question has been answered for the Carolina Panthers going into their Week Seven game against the San Francisco 49ers: starting quarterback.
Currently Carolina has three quarterbacks at their disposal — technically four, if the head coach and general manager would stop with the mind-expanding recreational activities they seem to be participating in over the last couple of years, and allow quarterback-turned-wide receiver Armanti Edwards play at the position he is most familiar with and has been groomed to play.
Am I stating that Edwards should be this week’s starting quarterback? Not officially, but perhaps he might be able to offer a little something extra than Jimmy Clausen and certainly Matt Moore hasn’t been able to offer: quarterback mobility.
Behind an offensive line that allows defenders through like water through a sieve, the Panthers need a dynamic threat at quarterback, and not your a-typical “pocket-passer.” Armati Edwards seems the most logical solution to the problem. Will it definitely work? Well, it’s difficult to say without a doubt that it will work, as we have yet to see Edwards allowed any sort of consistent play at the position. It’s also as difficult to say that the change-up from Clausen back to Moore will answer the Panthers’ problem at quarterback.
Which brings us back to the other problem and the reason for two quarterbacks and their lack of much success at the position: The offensive, Offensive Line — has been deplorable. Ever since Carolina let its depth go at the position in 2009, the offensive line has been rather ordinary at best. It was touted as one of the top lines in 2009, but those statistics were based off of 2008’s roster.
In the 2009 and 2010 NFL Drafts, not much of anything was done to bring reliable depth back to the position.
So here we are, for just over a week now, wondering what card John Fox has up his sleeve to start at quarterback against the San Francisco 49ers. To me, there is no need to make an announcement. Fox made the premature decision to switch from Matt Moore to Jimmy Clausen after the Week Two loss to the Buccaneers. Once that decision was made, he should have stuck with it.
Matt Moore is no more the solution to the problem than Jimmy Clausen was; no more than Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb, Jake Delhomme, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, or any other quarterback could be, until the offensive line can offer more protection, and until the team puts a legitimate receiver rotation on the field or until this one matures, so that the offensive line can offer more protection.
Owners of other winless teams have offered their teams’ fanbases some semblance of an explanation, which has been better than the silent treatment offered to a Panthers fanbase that grows more irritated by the lack of any words from the top, with every passing day. As I’d stated in my submission to NFL.com; at any point it didn’t have to be an explanation we agree with. Hearing something would be better than hearing nothing at all.
In the end, it’s nothing more than a catastrophic mess in Carolina, which starts wherever you point a finger. In Week Seven, Matt Moore has been named starter of the week. Perhaps in Week Eight we’ll see the resurgence of Jimmy Clausen, or another “quarterback- of-the-week.” Does anyone else also find it ironic too, that the Carolina Panthers franchise has become the landing spot for displaced, inept coaches of the Cleveland Browns? Maybe Fox will take his Browns staff with him back to Cleveland in 2011 (should the Browns hire him). We can hope.
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