Let’s face it, when Matt Moore is considered your best option at quarterback, you’re in for a long season. That dilemma has been staring Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox in the face for the entire offseason.
Then the preseason happened. Moore failed to lead the Panthers to an offensive touchdown during the entire preseason.
While Moore was decent in relief of former starter Jake Delhomme last year (98.5 quarterback rating), he doesn’t have the makeup to be a star NFL signal-caller.
On Sunday against the New York Giants, Moore did finally lead the Panthers into the end zone, but he also threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away once in Carolina’s 31-18 loss. Then he got a concussion to boot. Awesome Sunday, huh?
Moore finished the game completing just 14-of-33 passes (42.3 percent), for 182 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, two fumbles (one lost), for a 32.6 rating, and was sacked four times.
Could the Panthers be looking towards second round pick Jimmy Clausen to replace the concussed Moore? Clausen entered the game Sunday and went 0-for-2 but somehow his quarterback rating (39.6) was higher than Moore’s. That’s how awful Moore was.
Today, Fox stated that Moore was his starting quarterback as long as he’s healthy, you have to wonder how long Moore will keep getting starts. If the Panthers fall into an early hole this year, will it be time to move on to the quarterback of the future?