The Carolina Panthers announced today that the battle for the starting quarterback job during preseason has ended in a tie. Both incumbent Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen both tried hard to overcome the other in a tense competition, but neither was able to make a case that they should be a starting QB in the NFL.
"These guys both gave it their all, but in the end both of them just kind of suck," said Panthers head coach John Fox. "Just like a football game can go into overtime if it's two awful offenses who can't score, this thing is going to overtime as well."
QB competition overtime is very rare in the NFL. The rules are simple, both QBs line up behind center in the shotgun during the first regular game, hike the ball, and see who gets it and does the best over the course of the game. It's hard to run an effective offense with two players on your own team fighting for one ball on every snap, but this is the only way to settle the battle at this point.
"This could create quite a problem in game planning for these two quarterbacks on the field at the same time," said New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton. "If Clausen gets it on a given snap, we will have to plan for innacurate throws and crappy reads. But if Moore gets it, we'll have to get ready for overthrown balls and shitty mobility. These guys each suck in completely different ways, it's going to be tough to get ready for both of them."
The Panthers aren't sure how long this will continue. If the QB competition is still a tie after a couple games into the season, it will be declared a tie as in NFL overtime. John Fox says if that should happen he will probably just cut every quarterback on his roster and run the ball every down.
They will probably be doing that with either of these guys anyway, so the results should look about the same.