Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Joe Webb made one of the worst mental lapses a quarterback could make.
Luckily for him, of course, it was practice.
Webb, Carolina’s third-string quarterback behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson, spiked the ball to stop the clock when the Panthers were running a one-minute drill. The only problem: It was already fourth down.
“Well it was one of those things that Joe should know better,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “You’ve got to pay attention and know the circumstances and situation. Joe thought it was a first down. It’s one of those things where we can’t say we think, we’ve got to know.”
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The Panthers had moved the ball down the field well from their side of the 35 when the spike happened. Webb rolled his head after he realized what happened as audible sighs from the offensive sideline came out.
Carolina was practicing its end-of-game situations. After Webb’s spike, Rivera called the entire team to the middle of the field to reset the situation.
“Today we slowed it down on purpose,” Rivera said. “He made a mistake, we talked about why and we got those corrected.”