Panthers to start Brian St. Pierre on Sunday

Brian St. Pierre, a 31 year old quarterback with five career pass attempts that was out of the NFL until two weeks ago, will start for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

John Fox announced the decision to a somewhat stunned Panthers press corps.

“This is not a joke,” Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald wrote on Twitter.  “This move is impossible to justify. Fox offered “it is what it is.” Seen a lot of crazy stuff here over the years. Nothing quite like this.

It’s a little like when the team brought back Vinny Testeverde to start, except Testaverde had a very long track record of success.  St. Pierre was chosen over sixth-round rookie Tony Pike.

From an outsider’s perspective, it doesn’t seem so crazy in the context of this deeply depressing Panthers season.   Jimmy Clausen is apparently out.  Is Pike the quarterback of the future?  No way.  If St. Pierre gives the team a better chance to win against a veteran Ravens team, it’s only fair to the other 52 Panthers to play him this week.

UPDATE: Terrell Suggs was asked what he knows about St. Pierre by WNST: “I know how to get after his ass.”

23 responses to “Panthers to start Brian St. Pierre on Sunday

  1. At the end of this season its possible John Fox will have a worse winning percentage than Jack Del Rio.

    They really know how to ruin a franchise there in Carolina.

  2. I am from Cincy, so maybe I am biased here…But, Tony Pike was freakin great @ UC. Played in a BCS game (vs. Florida, unfortunately) and lost. But still…what the hell!? Does he just suck in the NFL? At least give him a chance before this hahaha. Either way, don’t care, it’s the panthers.

  3. This guy has more time in the NFL, how hard is that to understand? I wonder if his impersonator will be moving soon?

  4. UPDATE: Terrell Suggs was asked what he knows about St. Pierre by WNST: “I know how to get after his ass.”
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    LMFAO

  5. hell, he even went to the orange bowl the year before that! he must be having trouble with the playbooks or something…how can you justify this move? haha

  6. I wish I would have known this 5 minutes before Fox announced it. I am sure that the line has already spiked. I would love to have bought it at whatever the original number was.

    Then again, there may not be a number high enough for the Panthers to cover.

    Fox has already made it clear he hates his roster. This move smells like a giant middle finger to his GM, Marty “I was a good sportswriter, why couldn’t I run a team” Hurney.

  7. @nogard13: seriously, bro? fox has known he isn’t coming back for a year and a half.

    This is tantamount to a slap in the face of all Panthers fans. Fox sucks and will not be missed when he’s gone.

  8. I’ll comment as a Pitt alum and Steeler fan. Brian St. Pierre was a backup for the Ravens, Steelers, and Cardinals. He played great in the preseason while at Pittsburgh albeit against 2nd and 3rd string squad. He’s big and strong which he’ll need against the Ravens.

    Tony Pike owned the Pitt Panthers with a terrific arm. However he’s brittle and injury prone, not a good fit for Baltimore’s pass rush.

  9. I feel sorry for you Panther fans……..this coming from a Buffalo fan……this has to be one of the worst QB problems I have ever seen on an NFL team. And people in Buffalo were complaining about our QB problem and drafting Luck. How many Panther fans would love to have Ryan Fitzpatrick right about now?

  10. Brian St. Pierre? Wow. Is John Fox for real? He must be trying to get fired before the end of the season. There’s no good explanation for this.

    To put this into perspective, St. Pierre was out of football until a little over a week ago. What was he doing before the Panthers picked him up? He was a stay-at-home dad, of course. He’s had roughly one week to learn the Panthers offense. He’s 30 years old, and has had 5 pass attempts in his CAREER. To make matters worse, the Panthers will be without their 1st AND 2nd string running backs. BSP will have little to no support.

    If the Ravens allow any more than 3 points on Sunday, I will be shocked and deem that a failure.

  11. This IS a snub to the Panthers’ GM by Fox.

    He’s telling them the QBs they drafted suck too badly to be put on the field.

    I saw a bit of Tony Pike in college and thought he was a gritty, gutty football player. I liked his on field leadership.

    And Edwards could pull off the wildcat.

    I’d have played the Pike/Edwards combo and left St. Pierre as a backup for when they get squashed.

  12. takingbacksundays5 says:
    Nov 18, 2010 3:13 PM
    Brian St. Pierre? Wow. Is John Fox for real? He must be trying to get fired before the end of the season. There’s no good explanation for this.

    To put this into perspective, St. Pierre was out of football until a little over a week ago. What was he doing before the Panthers picked him up? He was a stay-at-home dad, of course. He’s had roughly one week to learn the Panthers offense. He’s 30 years old, and has had 5 pass attempts in his CAREER. To make matters worse, the Panthers will be without their 1st AND 2nd string running backs. BSP will have little to no support.
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    Or, if you look at it another way, opposing teams only have 5 attempts worth of film to watch. Yeah, John Fox is a total moron…..LIKE A FOX!!!

  13. Is this a coach getting ready to say “it’s not my fault we stink, we’re so desperate we have to start Brian St Pierre”, or is it a coach trying to save Tony Pike’s life because it’s the Ravens defense?

    The first doesn’t wash. Fox is the reason we’re so QB-barren. The second is a very nice gesture, but there really are better unemployed QBs out there. Oh well. Love my Panthers!

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