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cmhargrove
09-20-2010, 02:22 PM
Clausen to start for Panthers against Bengals; Moore benched
Story Highlights
Head coach John Fox said he's benching Matt Moore
Moore has struggled in the first two weeks, both Panthers losses
Clausen was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in April


Jimmy Clausen will start for the Panthers on Sunday when they host the Bengals.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Jimmy Clausen era is under way in Carolina, ahead of schedule.
Coach John Fox said Monday he's benching the struggling Matt Moore and will start the rookie from Notre Dame on Sunday against Cincinnati as the Panthers try to avoid their second straight 0-3 start.
"We've just not been getting it done," Fox said. "Jimmy is a guy we think highly of. I thought he made the most of his opportunities Sunday. We'll see how it goes this week."
Moore has had two miserable weeks, a steep fall from his strong 4-1 finish as a starter last season that helped pave the way for seven-year starter Jake Delhomme's release in March.
Moore threw three end zone interceptions and lost a fumble before leaving with a concussion in a Week 1 loss to the New York Giants. After being cleared to return Sunday, Moore threw an interception and lost another fumble before getting yanked early in the fourth quarter of the 20-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
"I don't know where his confidence level is at, or really where our confidence level is on offense right now," Fox said. "So this is just a move to try to spark our offense and we'll see how it goes."
Moore has led Carolina on only two touchdown drivers, completed just 41 percent of his passes and has a passer rating of 41.8. The Panthers have the 28th-ranked offense in the NFL through Sunday's games after being the first team in at least 14 years to not score an offensive touchdown in the preseason.
"There were some plays out there that we left, no doubt," Fox said of Sunday's game. "We've got to be able to make those in game situations. Talking to the team today, we've got to spark our offense, in particular the passing game. So we're going to start Jimmy Clausen this week and see how that renders. We'll let Matt sit back and watch."
Clausen is 7 of 15 for 59 yards and one interception in two brief stints for Carolina. It's a quick rise to starter after Clausen's unexpected drop in April's draft. Once considered a top 10 pick, Clausen slipped to 48th overall to Carolina amid questions about a toe injury and his attitude.
Clausen was greeted with cheers when he replaced Moore early in the fourth quarter Sunday. He completed six passes - as many as Moore completed all game - on his first possession. But the drive ended with running back Jonathan Stewart being stopped short on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Clausen was intercepted by Aqib Talib later in the game on a deflected pass.
But after stubbornly sticking with an ineffective Delhomme for much of last season until he was sidelined with a broken finger, Fox wasted little time dumping Moore, who has made 10 NFL starts. The move comes as Fox faces uncertainty himself as works in the final year of his contract.
"Somehow or another we have to gain some confidence in the passing game," Fox said. "We'll see if this works."
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TheReverend
09-20-2010, 02:25 PM
They gotta do something to try and get that team moving in the right direction. Why not?

TheReverend
09-20-2010, 02:26 PM
Cinci is probably poor choice for his first start though... that's really throwing him to the wolves.

Rohirrim
09-20-2010, 02:29 PM
I see INTs in your future, Mr. Clausen. Many INTs.

gyldenlove
09-20-2010, 02:32 PM
He is going to be Brady Quinn 2.0

Ambiguous
09-20-2010, 02:33 PM
This will end horribly.

ChSuperStar
09-20-2010, 02:40 PM
Bad for Jimmy to go against that defense Game 1 in his NFL career.

I can see this as last season in Carolina for Mr. Fox

crush17
09-20-2010, 02:44 PM
Bills are gonna bench Edwards for Fitzpatrick as well.

Pony Boy
09-20-2010, 02:59 PM
Why can't it be againts us........ but no we get Manning....

Lev Vyvanse
09-20-2010, 03:57 PM
Vegas just came out with the odds. One book so far has 2,500 bets 98% taking Cin. and laying the points.

gunns
09-20-2010, 04:04 PM
I see John Fox looking for a new job next year.

loborugger
09-20-2010, 04:20 PM
I see John Fox looking for a new job next year.

Fox has been a coach thru the years, IMHO. His teams have always played good 'D' and run the ball well. They are usually in the play off hunt year in and year out. I would even say that had he a franchise QB, he woulda won a SB ring at some point in there. They are fairly solid at most other positions.

Naggle Nole
09-20-2010, 04:24 PM
Fox has been a coach thru the years, IMHO. His teams have always played good 'D' and run the ball well. They are usually in the play off hunt year in and year out. I would even say that had he a franchise QB, he woulda won a SB ring at some point in there. They are fairly solid at most other positions.

Michael Lombardi sounds pretty convinced that he is one of the elite coaches in the league
He points to the same stuff that you just did, saying that his production in wins and losses has always exceded the talent of the team

DivineLegion
09-20-2010, 04:32 PM
Word from media outlets in Charlotte is that the owner of the Panthers is "holding out" for a hold out, and cut almost 40% of their team cost heading into the 2010 season. He's been perceived as one of the vocal leaders in the owners meetings encouraging a hold out. The Panthers and the Cardinals have sold their souls for a chance to recuperate costs in the event a hold out happens.

LRtagger
09-20-2010, 04:40 PM
I wonder how many touchdown drivers Clausen will lead them to.

OABB
09-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Why can't it be againts us........ but no we get Manning....

I know nothing about this guy. I never watch college football.

but that picture....

I want to punch him the face so hard. I mean, like bone cracking, blood curdling, life threatening hard.

baja
09-20-2010, 04:54 PM
This news alone shout have Mock making rapid fire posts.. He must be sleeping.

ColoradoDarin
09-20-2010, 07:53 PM
The douche has landed.

footstepsfrom#27
09-20-2010, 08:14 PM
Sounds like a desperation move...usually a bad omen for a rook QB.

bowtown
09-20-2010, 08:15 PM
This news alone shout have Mock making rapid fire posts.. He must be sleeping.

I thought mock was a McCoy slurper.

colonelbeef
09-20-2010, 08:33 PM
Fox is a dead man walking in Carolina anyway, might as well see what Claussen is made of

oubronco
09-21-2010, 06:54 AM
How has he played so far? If they have a good o-line and keep him upright and clean he might be alright but all in all rookies rarely do very good their first starts, so I say he'll probably stink up the field

MVP-06
09-21-2010, 07:15 AM
I'll be picking up cincy defense for FF