There is no disputing that in football the position of quarterback is the most difficult to play. An individual must possess the mental acumen to absorb the complexities of a playbook, the confidence to make throws against the fury of a relentless pass rush, the athleticism to make the plays on paper come to life in practice and in games. And that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Matt Moore, as Panthers fans will tell you, has demonstrated each of these qualities on numerous occasions during the stints as the starter in 2007 and 2009. He possesses the kind of toughness that you need to see out of your leader. His arm strength is more than sufficient for the offensive scheme of the Panthers’ offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson.
This year will be different.
Moore enters 2010 as the unquestioned starter. Yes, you could argue that Jimmy Clausen has an outside shot, but that’s it. In fact, the drafting of Clausen was a stroke of genius by the front office if you examine it closely. Competition can only bring out the best in players. When Moore heard Clausen became a Carolina Panther, you can bet he was heading straight to the team complex to get back to work, if he wasn’t there already. A motivated Moore bodes well for Carolina’s offense in 2010.
I can’t deny that I have reservations despite my gushing of praise for Moore. Can any Panthers fan amongst us honestly say that we don’t? One thing is for certain – Matt Moore is a confident young man with bundles of ability and a great supporting cast.
He knows 2010 has to be great for him and for this offense.
And he will not disappoint.