Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Nov 2010

Brian St. Pierre To Start On Sunday

What, you ask? His needlepoint project? Taking down the Halloween decorations? A new novel? No. Brian St. Pierre will be starting at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers this weekend.

The Panthers only signed St. Pierre earlier this week.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 18 Nov 2010

40 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2010, 8:30am by Michael LaRocca


by chemical burn :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 2:41pm

Can we be sure it's not the impersonator?

by Theo :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 2:48pm

Would it make a difference?
St Pierre is a career 4th stringer. First on the Steelers, then with the Cardinals.

by Spielman :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 2:52pm

Given their QB situation, some Cardinal fans had been agitating to bring him back.

by ArizonaCardinalsFan (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 5:01pm

Given the state of the Cards QBs right now, we're just plain agitated. And BSP has to look like garbage, or the Cards look even dumber for letting him go.

by Bobman :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:13pm

I predict a Gerhigian career for this fine young man. He'll sweep aside the Favre streak and return Carolina to international athletic prominence.

Oops, time for my meds.

by Joe T. :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:13pm

I had no idea Brian St. Pierre was even on a team.

by Vincent Verhei :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:51pm

Read the last sentence of the introduction again.

by Joe T. :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:35pm

Yeah I know. I read NFP daily too and never saw any mention of the acquisition. QB signings are usually reported, I must have missed it.

by evenchunkiermonkey (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 4:54pm

I had no idea he was even a football player.

by bag (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:31pm

So this is the roster move that forced them to put DeAngelo Williams on the IR even though he could come back in 2-3 weeks?

by dmb :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 4:17pm

If you're 1-8 and have to choose between starting a street free agent and a 6th-round rookie at QB, your season is over. Since he's out for the next few weeks anyway, what would be the point of bringing him back and risking a major injury in the last few meaningless games?

by MilkmanDanimal :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 3:32pm

Is Fox trying to get fired mid-season so he can accelerate vacation plans?

by Jim C. (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 4:19pm

St. Pierre is a former Ravens backup, so he presumably has some experience facing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed in practice. Maybe that'll help.

by Hurt Bones :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 5:10pm

Or a hindrance given that Lewis and Reed are all too familiar with him.

by dmb :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 4:19pm

Is this a harsh indictment of Tony Pike, or does Fox just want to avoid traumatizing him by throwing him into a nearly hopeless situation for his first NFL experience? Given the way Jimmy Clausen has been yo-yoed in and out of the lineup, my guess is the former, but can any Panthers' fans provide a little insight?

by Nick-Carolina (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 7:21pm

I don't know that it's either, really. Fox has always valued experience very highly, and I think this is more indicative of that than anything. A 6th round pick is always a crapshoot.

Since the Panthers are paying him anyway, can we get Jake back? I yearn for the offensive juggernaut that was the 2009 Panthers.

by Boston Dan :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 5:47pm

double post

by Boston Dan :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 5:47pm

My close friend is St. Pierre's next door neighboor.

He's been sitting on his ass watching football on TV....(both)

by Theo :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 5:50pm

Why is your friend watching St Pierre all day?

by John Harvard (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:13pm

He'll make $45,000 grand for the game on Sunday. Probably more than most of you couch monkeys make all year.

by Snack Flag (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:27pm

That's a mature take on the situation.

I think most here are amazed at the management of the Panthers starting a less than impressive qb signed less than a week ago against the Ravens.

by Thok :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:44pm

I'd be willing to start for half that amount, and I'd give them a roughly similar chance of winning, as would most couch potatoes.

by Bob Princeton (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 7:28pm

Well if you're guessing what us couch monkeys make, you're wrong about me and "probably" wrong about others. Are you planning to actually collect data?

by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 9:56pm

Am I reading that right? Forty-five thousand grand? Yeesh. Even in an uncapped year, that seems excessive.

by RaxGrissman :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:15pm

I've been vaguely rooting for Brian St Pierre to get playing time for a while. I don't know why, though its probably because his name kind of sticks out for some reason and his rotoworld picture makes him look like a bit of a bumpkin. But hey bumpkins can be cool right. Even if he sucks he can always remember and tell his grandchildren exciting stories about winning the Super Bowl... with St. John's Prep school. I don't think I can say anything else about Brian St Pierre. Good luck bro, you'll need it.

by lionsbob :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 6:50pm

And Madden 2005 or 2006 I use to always trade for Brian St. Pierre, start him and train the hell out of him to become a Pro Bowl QB. I wasn't a huge St. Pierre fan or anything, but like Rax said, the name sort of sticks out.

So yes I assume the Panthers are doing the same thing I am doing.

by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 4:17am

I had a friend who did exactly the same thing. It was a bragging right, "I made Brian St. Pierre a 99!"

I did a franchise with the Bears in Madden 05, and in the first draft I got a receiver who was 6'7" with 97 speed. I worked on his acceleration, agility, and jumping in camp and by the time he was 25, Rex Grossman was throwing him 25 TDs/year. The funniest part was when the WR got injured, the offense would still work. But when Sexy Rexy got injured, the whole offense stopped.

by andrew :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 7:06pm

If they had signed Georges St. Pierre, i think they'd have a better shot, even if he is a tad undersized.

by Rick A. (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 8:32pm

The most hopeless quarterback situation in the NFL, ladies and gentlemen - your 2010 Carolina Panthers!

by Dr. Mooch :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 1:17am

As a Buffalo Bills fan, I'm overjoyed.

by Boots Day (not verified) :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 8:40pm

How old is Vinny Testaverde now?

by Andrew Potter :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 9:55pm

I hear Jeff George is available.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 1:42am

Whitlock, is that you?

by montanapanthersfan :: Thu, 11/18/2010 - 10:54pm

My hope for this season at this point is that we can somehow manage to be the worst offense in the recorded history of the NFL. If we're gonna be this bad, we may as well go all the way, right?

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 2:50am

title is

"Brian St. Pierre To Start On Sunday'

same thing as wriitng

"Carolina To Lose On Sunday"

Guy have two first names in name- Brian and Pierre.

Let's see. Here are QBs with two firts names who were crapsters-
Billy joe Hobert
Billy Joe Tolliver
Ray lucas
Peter tom willis (wow, 3 names! that's a toiler cloggr)
Bob Lee
Jeff George (except for 1997 with Raiders- good that year)
*Richard Todd

Frankie Albert, Frank Ryan, Jim kelly and Tom Bardy good ones with two firts names.

*whjenever think of Todd always think of Flash Goirdon movie. In movie, Flash Gordon is Jets quarterbakc. Actor had same color hair as Todd and movie come out in ealrly 1980s when Todd QB of jets. So if young kid at time movie made you think Todd really Flash Gorodn.

Flash Gordon wind up on other planet somehow (ofrgot how that hapepned) and earlly in visit there used football shapped device to get away from space beings. It really greta scene espeicialy for football fans.
Eventually Falsh Gordon defeats space people and saves Earth.

Other greta part in movie when Gordon had to stick hand in holes. A bad guy had to do it too. Some worm beasts were hiding in holes and if they grabbed hand the worm thigns would suck it. Think poitn of exercise was to show who hahd more strenght to handle the suckign.

Oh. or did that happen in Beatsmaster. Dont rmember. That movie have blonde guy too. Beastmaster dfeinitely better movie. Flas Gordon very cheesy. Was cool if watch when young kid. Anyone over age of 7 woudl ahev to think movie true garbage.

by ammek :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 8:37am

It doesn't help that the himbo actor playing Flash had to be overdubbed because he was so terrible. Still, you also had Brian Blessed hamming it up and Ornella Muti cameoing as a dominatrix — so garbage, yes, but camp garbage.

Kent Graham? Roman Gabriel? Rodney Peete?

by Floyd (not verified) :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 12:36pm

Best part of the movie is when Ming the Merciless or one of his henchmen sees Flash and asks "Who are You?" and Flash responds "Flash Gordon, Quarterback, NEW YORK JETS!"

Always thought they should play that clip before kickoff in the Meadowlands. Gets me pumped up. Great soundtrack ("Dive my Hawkmen, dive!").

by Eddo :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 4:40pm

Also, Tom Brady would fit on the good list. And Otto Graham. And Bobby Layne, Aaron Rodgers (minus the "s"), and Len Dawson.

Quincy Carter could make the bad list. Jeff Blake could make the good-for-one-year list.

EDIT: Now I see "Tom Bardy" is on there. Oops.

EDIT 2: Matt Ryan would be a good one as well.

by FW (not verified) :: Fri, 11/19/2010 - 5:19pm

I saw that the Panthers signed him to the practice squad last week.

How does a 31 year old guy have any practice squad eligibility left?

by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Mon, 11/22/2010 - 8:30am

I guess Chris Weinke was busy.