|Hurney says QB job is open for competition in 2010|
|Written by Steve Reed|
|Tuesday, 23 February 2010 15:35|
CHARLOTTE – Who'll be the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback next season? Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday it’s too early to say.
Hurney said he understands that some fans feel strongly that Moore, who had as many touchdown passes as Delhomme but 16 fewer interceptions, deserves to be the starter. Moore has a 6-2 record as a starters since coming into the league in 2007.
“I think we all know that we need consistent play at quarterback,” Hurney said. “I think we have taken time and gone through the process on things. Competition answers most of those questions. We certainly understand (fans' opinions). We know our job is to win football games and we’ll make our decisions with that in mind. But I think competition decides those things.”
Moore, a restricted free agent, is likely to receive a tender offer from the Panthers before the March 4 deadline. It’s expected to be either first-round tender or a first- and third-round tender.
It’s largely expected the Panthers will draft a quarterback if one they like comes available, but Hurney wouldn’t commit to it.
“I’m not trying to be evasive, but I think part of our success in the draft has been that we try not to reach, we try not to go into the draft with a fixed mindset,” Hurney said. “We try to be flexible and get the best players available. All of those things will answer themselves over the next few months.”