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Does Fox's Faith (or lack there of) in Moore Push Clausen to Early Start

I am a day one Panther's fan and a huge fan of John Fox and his coaching style.  Does it say anything that it took a season ending "finger injury" for Matt Moore to finally break the starting line up.  Was it Foxy's overconfidence in Jake Delhomme? Was it some coaching mantra not to pull a entrenched starter in the middle of the season?  OR Was it his complete lack of confidence in Matt Moore? 

My guess is that Foxy is a creature of habit like we all are.  He looks at the fact that in his tenure at Carolina, Jake was at the helm for some rather successful seasons.  For instance, the Super Bowl year, the year we were eliminated in Seattle in the NFC Championship and his single greatest regular season (12 - 4) the franchise has had, where we were 1 and done in the playoffs in our only home loss of the season.  I feel like he "owed" it to Jake to not just sit him, but I think it finally reached a limit this off-season and Coach Fox finally had to make a move with his job on the line.

Remember 2003 when Rodney Peete was Foxy's starter heading into the season and he was unceremoniously unseated at halftime of the season opening Jaguar's game for his replacement Jake Delhomme?  Now that there is no one on the roster at such a pivotal position, for whom Fox has loyalty, I believe we will truly see the best starters will take the field for the first time in a very long time and he will make whatever adjustments need to be made early on. 

In my opinion, if Moore makes it out of camp as the starter he better keep an eye over his shoulder because Clausen has a chip on his shoulder the size of his enormous ego and he is waiting to exercise it on every one of the teams that passed on him in the draft, hence his choice of jersey numbers (2 because of going in the second round and wanting to remember always that he was passed on by so many teams).

My prediction Matt Moore makes it out of camp as the starter.  BEWARE if he struggles even a little bit early on expect to see number 2 line up under center.

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