Disarray in Carolina
Well, the Carolina Panthers were in shambles at the start of the season when Matt Moore threw three redzone interceptions in the season opener against the New York Giants. It appeared to be a very long season in store.
But nobody imagined this.
This week, head coach John Fox has named Brian St. Pierre as the starting quarterback, replacing Jimmy Clausen, who is out with a concussion, who replaced Moore, who's out for the year with a torn labrum in his shoulder. In turn, Moore replaced Clausen, who replaced Moore this season.
St. Pierre gets the start over rookies Tony Pike and Armanti Edwards, two guys who are young, but know the system more. While Edwards was drafted as a wide receiver, Pike does have familiarity with the offense, and it asks the question: Why draft him if he doesn't play?
There are speculations of a mutiny by Fox, according many of writers in the Charlotte metropolitan area, and it's a personal one. And they could be right. It's an ugly triangle that is going to have a messy ending to what was the most successful era in Panthers history.
The Story: Fox was hired in 2002 after the worst season in team history, where Carolina went 1-15 in 2001. With a new energy infused in the team, Fox turned the team around and they went 7-9. He then took the team to their first Super Bowl in franchise history in 2003 where they only lost by three points to the New England Patriots. He has led Carolina to two more playoff appearances in 2005 and 2008. In 2005, they were a game short of the Super Bowl, and in 2008, when they were heavy favorites to win the NFC, they were shocked by the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals 33-13.Continued on the next page