Brian St. Pierre will start at quarterback for the Panthers in Sunday's game against the Ravens, head coach John Fox announced on Thursday.
The Panthers are without rookie QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion) and their starter for five games this season, Matt Moore, is on injured reserve. The assumption was that rookie QB Tony Pike, who completed 6-of-12 passes for 47 yards in Week Nine, would get the nod.
St. Pierre is an eighth-year veteran who has five career pass attempts. Four of them came in 2009 when he completed 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards, a TD and an interception for the Cardinals.
St. Pierre signed with the Panthers this week. It will be his first career start.
The way we see it
This is a very surprising move - there's a reason St. Pierre has just five pass attempts in this, his eighth season in the league. The Panthers sit at 1-8 and are big underdogs with the Ravens coming to town. Fox must feel that St. Pierre has a better grasp of the offense and gives the Panthers the best shot to win, but it doesn't make too much sense. The Panthers are not going to make the playoffs, and Pike could be a part of their future at QB.