Panthers need more from Moore

Carolina is expected to start QB Matt Moore again on Sunday night against the Vikings, but Moore admits he has a lot to work on. The Panthers offense has been struggling and Moore takes responsibility for that.

Outside of a pair of nice long completions to Steve Smith — including one for a 41-yard touchdown on Sunday — quarterback Matt Moore hasn't done much to jumpstart Carolina's passing game in the past two weeks. Carolina has managed just 26 points in the past two games, including just 10 on Sunday against New England.

"(Sunday) we hit a little spurt where the command of the offense was, well, it was not there," Moore said. "And that's on me completely. I take full responsibility for that."

When asked if he was referring to the three penalties for an illegal shift, Moore replied, "Yeah, part of it was that. There were just a lot of things. We don't need to go into detail. There are things that need to be fixed on my part. And I'm going to try my best to do that."

Moore has five career starts under his belt.

Last week Moore said he needed to be more aggressive after going with a run play near the goal line instead of throwing a fade route.

Panthers coach John Fox said Moore has room to improve.

"I think there are a lot of things we still need to work on," Fox said. "I think he did some things (well), and there are some things he can improve on — typical of a young quarterback."

Fox said his perception of Moore hasn't changed.

"It's kind of been the same," Fox said. "Everything I've talked about before — he's an athletic guy; he's got good mobility; he can make all the throws. I think he has a strong arm. He's shown an ability to throw the deep ball. There's some game mechanics and execution that we need to continue to improve, and I think that has a chance to happen with experience."

So far this season Moore has completed just 56.5 percent of his passes for 425 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

As for his evaluation of his own play Sunday, Moore shrugged and said, "It was all right. There are plays to be made, but also some good plays, I thought. It was OK. Nothing great, (but) nothing too bad."

Fox said he still doesn't know if Jake Delhomme will return to practice this week after missing two games with a broken finger. Nor would he say if Delhomme would get the starting job back if he's deemed healthy enough to grip the football.


  • Moore said he needs to work on having more command of the huddle.

  • RB DeAngelo Williams averaged 6.3 yards per carry against the Patriots but only ran 13 times.

  • RB Jonathan Stewart is having problems with his toe again, something that nagged at him for most of the 2008 season.

  • RB Tyrell Sutton could be the No. 2 back again this week if Jonathan Stewart can't go.

  • TE Dante Rosario made a great catch near the sideline on Sunday despite double coverage.

  • WR Steve Smith hauled in a 41-yard touchdown catch and nearly broke 100 yards receiving last week, something which used to happen all the time but hasn't much this year.

  • WR Muhsin Muhammad may have just three more games left in his Panthers career. He's a free agent after the season.

  • WR Dwayne Jarrett continues to be unimpressive. At some point the Panthers will have to cut ties.

  • CB Chris Gamble played one of his best games against New England, picking off a pass and helping limit Randy Moss to one catch for 16 yards --which resulted in a fumble.

  • LB Na'il Diggs dressed Sunday, but he did not see action on defense.

  • DE Julius Peppers was credited with just one QB pressure and no tackles, but coach John Fox thought Peppers "rushed the passer well." He said Peppers had more like five hurries.

  • K John Kasay tried a 53-yarder on Sunday and came nowhere close to putting it through the uprights. It landed in the end zone.

  • CB Captain Munnerlyn returned as the team's nickel back Sunday and actually started.

  • RT Jeff Otah, who tore the meniscus in his left knee Sunday, was placed on injured reserve. He is expected to need surgery. Geoff Schwartz is expected to replace him in the starting lineup.

  • OL Rob Petitti, who hasn't played an NFL game since 2007, was signed by the Panthers to fill the roster vacancy created when RT Jeff Otah was placed on injured reserve.

  • DE Tyler Brayton should be back this week after missing a game with a concussion.

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