Gross and Williams have no say in who the starting QB is, so why does it really matter what they think?
It's easy for all of us to sit here and talk about how they should cut Jake and what a pile of poop he is, but guys like Gross and Williams have been in the trenches with Jake for years, Jake is like a brother to them, so they're not just going to discard him overnight and move on. Moore is also a teammate, but he hasn't shared blood, sweat and tears with his teammates like Jake has.
Remember when Briggs put the late hit on Jake in 2008 and Jake got up pounding his chest? That simple act changed the whole complextion of that game, because Jake is/was the emotional leader of this team. You don't lose your status as the emotional leader of a team after one bad season... I'm sure that just about everyone in that lockeroom is pulling for Jake.
Moore has a tough road ahead of him, not only does he have to take over the starting QB spot, but he has to try and fill the shoes of one of the most beloved players in the lockeroom. Vets take care of one another and a young guy like Moore is going to have to prove himself both on the field and in the lockeroom for these guys to embrace him.
DeAngelo's comments did not reflect how he felt about Stewart, it's true for anybody in the NFL... some day a kid comes along and takes your job from you, it's the plight of every veteran player in the NFL. Vets believe that other vets deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to keeping that job because they know that some day they'll be in the same predicament.
I'm sure DeAngelo realizes he has no say in who the starting QB is, so why not just go ahead and speak from your heart as to who you would like to see out there. Personally, I would also love to see Jake return to form.... I don't think it's going to happen, but for sentimental reasons I would like to see Jake bounce back.
I think folks are losing their mind over these comments as if they hint at some sort of official position by the Panthers. DeAngelo is just speaking from the heart, I doubt anyone in the Panthers FO or coaching staff plan on asking DeAngelo who he thinks the starting QB should be.
You think players opinions don't weigh heavily into the decision process of who to start in Fox's mind? You don't think that has a big impact especially for a coach who has already shown where his loyalties lie?