The Carolina Panthers have played four preseason games and two regular season games and have scored just two offensive touchdowns. Obviously, that is not going to cut it. The Panthers lost to Tampa Bay Sunday and are 0-2 with a tough home game with Cincinnati this weekend.
John Fox may have already seen enough of Matt Moore at quarterback. Moore has turned the ball over six times in two games and as failed to finish either of those games. Fox pulled Moore in the fourth quarter against the Bucs in favor of rookie Jimmy Clausen. Rumor has it Fox is considering making Clausen the starter this weekend.
I’m not sure if Clausen will make much of a difference. He’s played like a rookie in his first two appearances and has yet to lead the team on a scoring drive. He did lead a drive inside the Bucs five yard line but the Panthers were stuffed on four straight run plays and turned the ball over on downs.
You can’t put all of the offensive struggles on Moore. The play calling has been suspect (Giving Mike Goodson the carries on the goal line in the foruth quarterinstead of DeAngelo Williams or Jonathan Stewart?) and the offensive line has been pretty average. Outside of Steve Smith, there aren’t a lot of other viable options for Moore to target for receptions.
It is just a bad offense. Unfortunately for Panther fans, the problems can’t be solved by simply changing the quarterback. Smith is the only offensive player on the team over the age of 30. In fact, the Panthers have just two players over the age of 30 on the entire team. For you trivia buffs, John Kasey, the lone original Panther, is the other. The Panthers are the youngest team in the NFL and the youngest team in the league doesn’t usually win a lot of games.
Each week I post my over-under for Panther wins this season. Last week I estimated the Panthers would win six games this season. I had counted Tampa Bay as one of those six. The Bucs, by the way, are the second youngest team in the NFL. If the Panthers can’t win a home game with the Bucs, who can they beat?
This week I am lowering the bar to four games. Then again, the way the offense has looked this season I am wondering if they will score four touchdowns.