CHARLOTTE – Even at full speed, the Carolina Panthers have struggled to produce on offense this season.
Sunday, the Panthers hit even more speed bumps, adding injury to insult in a 34-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
"We're not really a juggernaut right now, and to lose two of your three running backs that are active for the day and your starting quarterback, things can go from not-so good to really bad," head coach John Fox said. "But I'm not going to make any excuses. It's the next man up -- that's how I've always looked at it."
Even so, the Panthers' hopes took a hit when starting quarterback
Moore was 3-for-6 for 13 yards when he got hurt, and his status for next week is uncertain. Fox said that Moore would start at Tampa Bay if healthy.
"He can operate our offense the best of the quarterbacks," Fox said. "Unless we decide to go to the wishbone or some sort of option offense, I don't think there's any doubt about that."
"Our issues offensively start at quarterback, but it's not just the quarterback," Fox said. "We're just not executing very well. I wish I knew the answer."
Injuries rocked the running game as well. Leading rusher
The Panthers turned next to
The injuries weren't limited to the offense. Linebacker
"It's football. It's highly unfortunate, but guys have to be ready to go whenever their number is called," said linebacker
Sunday, many of them didn't have to wait very long.
"Sometimes that's just the way the ball roll," tight end