Panthers Make Surprising Quarterback Decision
The Panthers made a surprising quarterback decision this week.
Following Carolina’s most recent loss, interim head coach Perry Fewell refused to commit to Kyle Allen as the team’s starting quarterback.
It was a reversal from earlier in the year when many considered Allen the clear cut replacement for injured quarterback, Cam Newton. At that point, Carolina had won five out of six without Newton and the future seemed bright.
Interim head coach Perry Fewell at the podium. He says he won’t make a QB decision until Wednesday. That’s a shift from the norm – saying Allen will start in the week ahead, usually on a Monday.
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) December 16, 2019
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Fewell indicated that he would not officially decide on a starter until Wednesday.
That obviously leads the door open for the team to install Will Grier.
Allen started the year off strong, and his future as the Panthers next long-term starting quarterback seemed secure.
Then the wheels kind of fell off.
Allen has thrown 10 picks over the course of his last five games and Carolina has now lost six straight.
Grier was selected by the Panthers in the third round of this year’s draft. The West Virginia-product has not started a single game so far this season, but it looks like his time may be coming.
The move to switch to Grier would certainly make sense if the Panthers have officially given up on Allen. At 5-9 on the year their postseason hopes are dead, so talent evaluation is the main thing to play for at this stage.
But if Carolina has not officially given up no Allen yet, benching him for a rookie may kill his confidence in a way that will permanently render him a non-factor going forward.