REPORT: The Carolina Panthers are expected to be auditioning quarterbacks next week.
No, not really. But they ought to.
Today, the Panthers announced recently signed Brian St. Pierre as their starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens due to Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen being sidelined by injuries. Who? For those of you who don’t know (and I can’t blame you), St. Pierre was a fifth round pick in 2003 by the Steelers out of Boston College. In his 7 year NFL stint, St. Pierre is 2 of 5 for 12 yards (1 TD; 1 INT) with three different teams. OUCH! What’s even worse is Brian hasn’t been in the league since the end of the 2009 season. He wasn’t even at a training camp this summer. Until signing with the Panthers early this week, he has been a stay-home dad. Talk about a quarterback mess; this situation is even worse than Miami’s. Why isn’t Tony Pike starting is what I want to know? He may be a rookie lacking NFL experience, but when your season is already over, what do you have to lose? We all know Matt Moore isn’t coming back next season and Brian St. Pierre isn’t the future, so why not throw in Pike? Get him some NFL experience; it’s not like St. Pierre has that much real game-time experience over Pike. Either way, I think this is a bad decision by head coach, John Fox. There are better free agents available and you go with St. Pierre. Are you joking me? What’s even sadder is Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald stated “This is not a joke,” when he first reported the news.
All I know is that, if my coaching job was on the line this season, I would definitely not want Brian St. Pierre as my starting quarterback.