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Brian St. Pierre heaving the ball against the imposing Baltimore Raven defense.
While Mike Goodson is displaying shades of 2004's Nick Goings, newly signed journeyman quarterback Brian St. Pierre has shown shades of 2007's Vinny Testaverde. When Vinny Testaverde started against the Arizona Cardinals for the Panthers after only four days of practice, just like Brian St. Pierre, he hit a 65-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. Brian St. Pierre one-upped that with an 88-yard score to David Gettis - though of course didn't win the game like Testaverde did - but to me, that's an interesting similarity in the two games Carolina has had with veteran quarterbacks fresh off the street.
St. Pierre, in my mind, looked impressive for a self-admitted stay-at-home-dad less than two weeks ago.He probably experienced both the highlight and the low-light of his career to date yesterday, tossing an 88-yard touchdown bomb (beating safety Josh Wilson on the play) before throwing two consecutive interceptions returned for touchdowns in the space of 11 seconds.
As I watched St. Pierre, I came to the conclusion that he could be quite a successful West Coast Offense quarterback. He seems able to make good reads, and on more than one occasion, put the ball where only his receiver had a chance to make a play, even in tight coverage.
Carolina should consider keeping Brian St. Pierre around for more than just the rest of the season, as his veteran presence may prove invaluable to rookie Jimmy Clausen. He showed poise throughout the day in the face of the Ravens defense and has a productive back to lean on in Mike Goodson.
One knock on Brian St. Pierre was his perceived lack of arm strength, but he did throw a beautiful deep ball to David Gettis and could certainly work to develop his arm if needed.
Congratulations, Brian, on your first NFL start.
It may not have gone how you wished, but you showed great character, poise and moxie.