Tag:Matt Moore
Posted on: September 19, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Clausen replaces Moore for Panthers

Posted by Will Brinson

With the Carolina Panthers struggling mightily on offense and losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-7, it appears as if we'll get our second non-injury-related quarterback change of the day (Kerry Collins already replaced Vince Young in the Titans-Steelers matchup after Young produced an absolute stinker of a first half ), as Jimmy Clausen is on the Panthers' sidelines warming up to replace Matt Moore.

Moore's first half was pedestrian at best -- outside of a 37-yard TD pass to Steve Smith on a fourth down, he did practically nothing, going 6 of 16 for 125 yards, the Smith TD, an interception and a lost fumble.

It was the fumble, in which Moore looked lost in the pocket and gave the ball back to the Bucs, that appeared to be the last straw for John Fox, who sent the rookie to grab his helmet and start warming up.

The Panthers shut down the Bucs' drive and Clausen entered to a reasonably large ovation from the Carolina crowd.

We'll keep you updated as to his performance.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Matt Moore practices in full, expected to start

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Moore had an auspicious start for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that culminated (in a negative way) with a concussion that opened up the door for Jimmy Clausen to potentially start this Sunday against Tampa Bay.

However, our Carolina Panthers' Rapid Reporter Steve Reed reports that Moore practiced in full today and that "barring an unforeseen setback" will start against the Buccaneers.

Andy and I discussed this issue on a forthcoming podcast preview, but it's odd that Fox would be so willing to push Moore here, given that he has a fairly good "out" to give Clausen a shot at starting.

Of course, he may simply not think Clausen's ready to start and that Moore gives the team the best chance to win -- if that's the case, he certainly would rather have his starter get his confidence back against a team in Tampa that's significantly easier to beat than the Giants.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 4:45 pm
 

Concussions factoring into QB controversies

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Moore (US Presswire)K. Kolb (US Presswire)
You never want to see a player get hurt – especially when the body part that’s hurting is the brain. So of course John Fox is not glad that quarterback Matt Moore suffered a concussion against the Giants. That said, the reality is, Moore’s concussion might make Fox’s life easier this week.

Moore was awful against the Giants (14/33 passing, three interceptions). But it would be impetuous to bench him prior to Week 2. Once you bench a young quarterback, it’s almost impossible to go back to him (Just ask the Cardinals).

But if Moore misses Carolina’s Week 2 game against the Buccaneers (and with the league’s more stringent guidelines for dealing with concussions, it’s possible he will), then Fox can get a free trial run with second-round rookie Jimmy Clausen. If Clausen shines during that trial run, Fox has his quarterback for the future. If Clausen flounders, Fox can go back to Moore and claim that he was the starter all along.

(For the record, Fox said Monday afternoon that Moore is “feeling a lot better”.)

On the other side of the concussion story, Andy Reid could have a mess on his hands if Kevin Kolb’s concussion keeps him out against the Lions this week. (And it probably will; Reid has said Kolb won’t practice until at least Friday.)

Chances are, Philly will beat Detroit no matter who is under center. So if Michael Vick goes out and leads the Eagles to victory, fans will say that all of the team’s success so far has come with Vick under center. Technically, they’d be right. But that wouldn’t mean Vick is the better quarterback. (Remember, the Packers didn’t game plan for Vick; had they prepared to face a scrambler, things may have been different.)

Fans may want Vick to start, but Reid does not want to immediately bench the guy he believed in enough to trade Donovan McNabb. And he won’t.

But imagine if Kolb sits against Detroit, Vick lights it up, then Kolb gets healthy for Week 3. Reid would have to explain to volatile Eagle fans why he’s benching an electrifying, fun-to-watch athlete and going back to the quarterback who was 5/10 for 24 yards in a lackluster first half against the Packers. Think those fans will understand?

In Reid’s perfect world, Kolb would be cleared to play this week. He’d start against the Lions, post good numbers and get the Eagles to 1-1. Even this scenario wouldn’t completely hush the inevitable “We want Vick!” chants that are about to sweep across the City of Brotherly Love. But it would at least minimize the damage.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:25 pm
 

Matt Moore: 'The preseason ... is the preseason'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers -- specifically Matt Moore -- have caught some flak for their inability to post points during the preseason: they've averaged exactly 10 points a game, converted a not-so-whopping 15/51 third downs, amassed total offensive 776 yards and two whole touchdowns.

So, yeah, the flak is much deserved. Moore, the Panthers starting quarterback, would like to remind us all, though, that the preseason is, in fact, the preseason.

The preseason is just that, the preseason," Moore wrote at MattMooreQB.com . "Everybody has been talking and writing things like it’s December, and it’s still August. Do we have things to improve on? Absolutely. But at this point we’re still 0-0 and looking forward to a good showing in Week 1."

Moore also referred to the preseason as "interesting" and noted that the point of the preseason is to "find your weaknesses and work on them."

The best part, though, is his note that "these sound like excuses and they kind of are, but they're also the facts."

All in all, it's a well-written blog entry discussing a very real point: the preseason doesn't matter. Just ask the Colts.

If Moore is correct in his assessment that the Panthers' offense can exceed the preseason expectations (and provided the defense can keep up their ridiculous pace), this is not a team that should be overlooked.

That might be optimistic, but hey, it's the preseason.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 23, 2010 10:49 am
 

What to do about Carolina's QBs?

M. Moore and the rest of Carolina's quarterbacks have struggled in the preseason (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So far this preseason, the Carolina quartet of quarterbacks has been unimpressive.

Matt Moore was the expected starter coming into the season – we thought he would have to be absolutely terrible to get passed on the depth chart – followed by some combination of Hunter Cantwell and rookie Jimmy Clausen. Then, the fourth-stringer was Tony Pike, and it wasn’t out of the question that the Panthers would try to keep all four quarterbacks.

Now, the Panthers would settle for just one quarterback who can play productively.

As Steve Reed of PanthersGrowl.com asks, is it time to panic yet?

It may be, because this preseason is beginning to look remarkably similar to last year’s preseason.

And that’s not good.

The Panthers managed just one touchdown pass during a winless 2009 preseason and the problems in the passing game carried over into the regular season resulting in three straight losses to open the season. The Panthers never recovered and finished the season 8-8 and out of the playoffs one year after winning the NFC South.


So far, the quarterback ratings of Moore and Clausen are pathetically tiny, stuck in the mid-30s. Coach John Fox doesn’t seem concerned, but Moore understands that there’s still plenty of aspects of their game that need to be fixed.

“We need to keep working,” Moore said. “There are plays there that need to be made and we’re capable of making them. We’re just going to keep grinding it out and keep working on it and take these next two preseason games and keep learning and be ready to go in Week One.”

Moore, who went 4-1 last year after replacing Jake Delhomme, was expected to hold down the starting job until Clausen was sufficiently ready – maybe not this year, but probably next season. It’s still the preseason, but if Moore doesn’t improve, it might not be a terrible idea to start Cantwell.

Actually, that wouldn’t be a very good idea at all, but at this point, that’s probably a better option than throwing Clausen into the mix so early in his career.

In reality, Moore, even if he continues to struggle, will start, and the Panther will just have to see how it goes.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:17 am
 

Hot Routes 8.13.10: Of Preseason & Port-a-Potties

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  • Dan Connolly, who filled in -- and will fill in if necessary -- for the still-holding-out Logan Mankins last night, "held his own" according to Ian Rappaport of the Boston Herald . We haven't watched the game yet, because we're too busy swooning over Jimmy Clausen, but this is right in line with what we told Lauren Shehadi about the possibility of the Pats' doing a little "plug-n-play" on the offensive line.
  • Speaking of Clausen, Pat Yasinskas (former Panthers beat writer; now with the NFC South blog at ESPN) thinks that the rook QB "landed some jabs, but nothing close to a knockout punch" in his attempt to go after Matt Moore's job. I've got to agree -- the kid looked really sharp at times, but anyone freaking out over the first preseason game needs to settle down. It's going to take a nightmarish, Jake Delhomme-like start from Moore to force Clausen into a starting role.
  • Optimism reigns supreme at the Baltimore Sun 's Ravens Insider, where everyone seems thrilled at the offense's potent potability (or something). Ken Murray seems the most realistic of the group, though, making sure to point out that against the Panthers, the Ravens ridiculously depleted secondary didn't exactly have a big challenge. Not saying the 2010 AFC North Champions (they lose to the Jets in the AFC Championship, duh) are overrated, but just saying.
  • Jermichael Finley, who Andy is quite high on (more on that with an NFC North podcast coming this afternoon), uses boxing to become a better football player because it helps improve his hand and eye coordination. Until coach Mike McCarthy pointed out that hurting his hands and wrists isn't the best way to get paid as a tight end in the NFL. Smart call.
  • Lovie Smith says the Bears' starters could end up playing a full half against the Chargers. For those of you who (like me) are Dan LeFevour fans, won't you join me: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" /shakes fist angrily to sky
  • Jerry McDonald of Inside Bay Area writes that the D-line "stole the show" for the Raiders last night. And here I was thinking Kyle Boller would get all the attention this morning. McDonald actually makes a good point about Boller too -- the 'Boys dropped an easy red zone interception, and we're not singing his praises this morning if they make the pick happen.

Posted on: August 13, 2010 12:22 am
 

Tyler Brayton's ankle just sprained, not broken

Posted by Will Brinson

There wasn't a ton of good news for the Carolina Panthers in their first preseason game -- a 17-12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Matt Moore didn't look great, Jimmy Clausen looked promising but not ready, Armanti Edwards can't catch the ball and so forth and so on. (Note: not all of this is devastating, but it's not great).

One thing that did stand out though, was a surprising pass rush that generated six sacks against the Ravens. Considering that defensive line is at the top of weaknesses for the Panthers, that's good news.

Things almost got really worse though, when Tyler Brayton, with two sacks in the first quarter, went to the ground clutching his ankle following that second sack.

Fortunately, though, Brayton, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette , only sprained the ankle -- as opposed to a break that would have been devastating to the Panthers' pass rush.

Oddly, Brayton's injury was the only one worth noting from a really sloppy (weather-wise) preseason game.

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