It's game day Panther nation and I'm pumped! I'm sure you are too. Anything and everything could happen tonight. Allow me, for a few moments, to stir the CSR pot again on the heels of my last post. No, there won't be any taboo subjects broached at any point whatsoever. However, if you want to read about a quarterback controversy, this post is for you. Come on. You've thought about it. Maybe you don't want to think about it. Maybe you've refused to let your mind go there. Even so, you can't control your nightmares can you? I'll tell you what you may not want to think or imagine after the jump.
Coach Rivera has already stated that he will name the starting quarterback next week because he wants that quarterback to go through a 'mock week' to mimic what will be expected when preparing for an opponent during the regular season. Because anything is possible, allow me to present a scenario that most Panther fans would doubt is even possible given the track record of one Jimmy Clausen.
Imagine for a moment that Cam Newton has a game like Michael Vick did. Not one of the many dynamic shows that he put on last year. Rather, what he did in his preseason game last night against the Steelers. Three interceptions in four possessions. You don't think it could happen? If Vick can put up numbers like that, then Cam is certainly just as capable of such a performance. For discussions sake, let's assume that Cam does look awful tonight.
Now, allow yourself to envision Jimmy Clausen steadily leading the offense on a couple of touchdown scoring drives. Nothing flashy. Nothing dynamic. Just precise and consistent. Don't think it's possible? I wouldn't rule it out if I were you. It's been said on occasion that Clausen has been the more consistent quarterback during training camp. Maybe that will spill over into tonight's game. If so, Rivera may have to make an unpopular, but validated decision, based purely on who gives the Panthers the best chance to win. Still don't think it's possible? As they say, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Here's to hoping that tonight's game doesn't prove to be one of those times.