The Carolina Panthers have made two things clear over the last few days.
First, they will not place the franchise tag on defensive end Julius Peppers.
Second, they aren’t sure who their starting quarterback will be when the season kicks off in September.
“It’s the end of February and it’s way too early to answer that,” GM Marty Hurney said during a press conference via Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com. “Everyone knows how we feel about Jake. And Matt came in and played very well at the end of the year. I think that we go through the process and see what happens.”
As of the current moment, the frontrunners for the job are long-time Panther Jake Delhomme and three-year veteran Matt Moore.
Delhomme is coming off his worst professional season since entering the league in 1998. He completed just 55.5% of his passes for 2,015 yards with eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions in only 11 starts for a quarterback rating of 59.4.
Moore stepped in for the ineffective Delhomme in Week 13 and went 4-1 over Carolina’s last five games. He completed 61.6% of his passes for 1,053 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.
Moore is set to become a restricted free agent and it is believed he will receive a tender offer from the team before the deadline on March 4.
After what they were subject to watching over the first half of the season, you’d have to figure that Panthers fans are currently backing Moore over the turnover-prone Delhomme.
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