I Would Love to Stay in CarolinaWritten by Matt Moore Tuesday January 18 2011
We didn’t start out the season the way we wanted to. We ended up going with a lot of younger players, which can be a good thing, but it also means that there is a lot of learning to be done. For some reason we just couldn’t put it all together. I do think a lot of guys got a lot of good experience, myself included. I learned a lot of things that I will benefit from in the future.
I felt we had a nice comeback win against the Niners in Week 7, then the next week we lost a tough one to the Rams. The following week we were playing the Saints tough, everybody was getting into it and we were feeling pretty good. Unfortunately for me, I went down in the second quarter. A lot of guys went down after that and other guys had to step in and play. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t take that step to get to where we wanted to be.
Being injured was hard. I had never been in a situation like that before, being hurt and being out that long. A lot of thoughts go through your head. It was a time for me to step back and see things from a different perspective, watch and see what’s going on. It made for a frustrating year, but at the same time you try to take as much positive out of it as you can.
It’s hard to see the positives, but there’s definitely something to be said from taking a step back and watching. I got to see Jimmy play and watch how he handled different situations. I kind of played the game in my head from the sidelines just to stay in it. You have to try to stay as sharp as you can. That’s what I used to do when Jake was here and he was playing. That’s just what I had to do to stay in the game.
My injury was a torn labrum in my right shoulder. I’m actually doing really well. I’m nine weeks out of surgery, my mobility is good and I’m getting my strength back. The Panthers trainers are doing a great job of getting me back to where I need to be. When I initially suffered the injury, I knew something was wrong. The most pain came in the first four days after the surgery. That was tough, I had never had surgery before. After that it was just a lot of ice and I started to feel better. The past 5-6 weeks I’ve felt great.
For next season everything is kind of unknown right now. My contract is up and I’m dealing with that. I have to just kind of wait until the players and owners figure out the collective bargaining agreement. So I’m sitting tight and waiting to see what goes on with the league.
Obviously I would love to stay in Carolina. But nothing will be set in motion until some other things are sorted out. So I’m just hanging in there, getting my shoulder better and hoping we can work something out.
Matt Moore is a quarterback with the Carolina Panthers. His blog for www.playerpress.com runs at www.mattmooreqb.com.