Panthers are not prepared to make a QB change after recent struggles
In what has been the year of the backup quarterback, Carolina Panthers backup Kyle Allen had been maybe the most impressive in the early parts of the season. Through Week 6, Allen was undefeated as the team’s starter and had many questioning if we had seen the last of Cam Newton in a Panthers uniform.
The last four weeks have been a completely different story as the second-year quarterback has struggled, throwing nine interceptions compared to just three touchdowns with Sunday’s four-interception performance culminating those struggles. Head coach Ron Rivera defended Allen on Monday, doubling down that the team still believes in the development of the University of Houston product.
RR: "It's tough. It's a fine balance with the development (of QBs) when you've got two of them." But says they're committed to developing Kyle Allen.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 18, 2019
With Newton on IR’s, the job is Allen’ to lose as rookie Will Grier is waiting in the wings if the job were to become available. Allen should not be discouraged by Sunday’s performance as he is scheduled to face Atlanta in three weeks and will hopefully put out a better performance.
The Panthers are not out of the hunt just yet, but if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive they will need one of their better performances this week as they face the divisions top seed in the New Orleans Saints.
Carolina has a good problem to have with two promising young quarterbacks on their roster and with Newton’s time in Carolina up in the air, the future does look promising for a team that was playing in the Super Bowl just a few seasons ago.