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Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Posted on: January 11, 2009 1:02 am

Charlotte, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme sat at the post-game podium and initially didn't know what to say.

"I'm at a loss for words," he explained. "For one reason or another, I didn't give us a chance tonight. It's disappointing. I don't know what else to say."

How does Delhomme bounce back from this? Can he seriously return to the Panthers next year after a six turnover day in the playoffs with five interceptions?

The best franchises don't overreact to one game even a game as bad as this one. But the Panthers have to be absolutely disturbed.

Delhomme's 34 and that's not ancient but he's not 21 any more and it seems Bad Jake is starting to appear more frequently than Good Jake.

Now the Panthers have to decide if they should get rid of both.
Category: NFL
Tags: Panthers

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 8:42 am

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

I've seen people saying Carolina, Detroit, Jets, Vikings or whoever should go after Cassell. I wish people would get off his bandwagon. The man had 1 good season on a very good team with very good recievers in a system that is set up for QB's to succeed. Take Cassell out of that system and he's nothing more than an average QB at best. If Brady were to come back healthy somebody would trade for Cassell and be severely dissappointed.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 8:26 am

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Well thats what you get when you have a carreer back up  as your starter, yes I know he's been a starter there for a few years, but really who have the panther brought in to try and chanllge Jake for the job. On any other team besides the Lions he would be a backup.

I believe in all the Panthers losses this year Jake had multple turnover games, and when the won it was cause of the running game not the passing game.

Panthers look for a new QB free agent, draft somewhere super market, shoot maybe open tryouts.


Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2009 9:59 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Jake should not be singled out for that unforgettable performance. John Fox, the offensive coordinator, and the defensive secondary should be called out also. The secondary has been skeptical on more than one occasion this season and considering who the backups are behind Delhomme, I'll stick with him. Why doesn't Carolina use their tight ends more on offense? I remember when they first came in the league they had one of the best in Wesley Walls.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2009 9:42 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Jake didn't cover Larry Fitzgerald. Of course nobody appeared to. To me, this game was the result of poor preparation on the part of the coaching staff! It appeared at times that the Cards were in our huddle. Then, we panicked when we went down 17-7. How can you abandon the running game when it has dominated all year? A bad game for Jake? Yeah. His fault we lost? No Way!!!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2009 5:34 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

That's the thing with Delhomme.  He can be very good, but every once in a while he'll be off, and when he's off a high school quarterback would be better.  Having him on a playoff team is a gamble.  I actually feel like Carolina would be the perfect team to enter the Matt Cassel sweepstakes; they can afford to give up the picks with their talented roster and it might just be worth it.

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2009 4:43 pm

Arizona didn't force anything nor stop the run!

Jake D. stopped the Panther running game.  It was fine.  Ran down the Cardinals throat on the opening drive.  Then for some strange reason Jake decided he was Bret Farve and wanted to pass alot.  The 2 biggest weapons for Arizona yesterday was Larry Fitzgerald and Jake Del Homme. 

Feel bad for Jake because I think he is a game qtrback but not real sure if someone didn't spike his drink before the game started.  Del Homme has always been a hyper qtrback and the difficulty with these types are their unpredictability.  John Madden has said when he had high-strung qtrbacks the first thing he would do would be to have them throw long passes down field.  He figured it they were going to get intercepted he would prefer it be way down field rather than a short pass picked off. 

Carolina just needs to find a halfway decent 2nd stringer so when Jake goes into these states of mental breakdown they have someone that can keep the team going.  Otherwise Del Homme is a good qtrback. 

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2009 2:43 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Ummm...When you fall as far behind as the Panthers did, you must abandon the run and use the pass to catch up.  While Jake is getting his well deserved butt chewing, most people are not talking enough about how poorly the secondary played.  Fitzgerald, minus Boldin, still toasted us for 151 yards in the first half.  Our defense has not stopped anyone's pass game consistently since very early in the season.

We need to address QB and secondary in the off season.  All in all, the Panthers took a step in the right direction this season.


Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:09 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

i myself am a steelers fan and have been since i was 2 i am now 35, and i believe in sticking with your team through thick and thin..lord knows i have but my wife is a panthers fan so when i dont play against them i cheer them on.....the cards only played well because of jakes mistakes and they gave the cards great field position to capitalize every time.  panthers played the way they played all year because of everyone but jake. he doesn't have the passion for the game he used to that was evident last night regardless of his interceptions and fumble you could see when he was sitting on the sidelines he really didn't care.. he gave up.  that is not someone you want to continue to lead your team and i also say fox and the offensive coordinator dropped the ball on going away from the running game.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 12:07 pm

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

I guess everyone forgets that Jake Delhomme lead the Panther's to the Superbowl a few years back (with a less explosive running game)and had the Patriots beat if the defense would have did their part. I am a fan of football and of no particular team, but we all need to be realistic. The Cards seem to have an excellent plan to stop the run and pass. I believe the Carolina coaching staff did not do their homework. They should have been better prepared for when the Cards stopped the run. It seemed like they ran the same basic passing plays with no creativity. A high school team could have covered receivers for the Panthers in that game. I believe the coaching staff looked past the Cards and did not make any adjustments during the game to give the offense a chance to succeed no matter who played QB. I understand this was a playoff game and the big prize is the Superbowl, but they did win their Division that almost put three teams in. So to all you haters, get a grip and realize that no one is perfect and if the coaches would have made this a team sport instead of depending on one individual the Panthers may have won. A few last remarks about the Matt Ryan season. He had a running game and a coaching staff that understood his capabilities. He is a good QB, but also had the right supporting cast that would make most QB's successful. He also lost to the Cards, did throw 2 TD's from 2 and 5 yards out (not that impressive), but did throw 2 INT's only because Atlanta figure out a better way to run the ball against the Cards. So look at the big picture and ask "I Jake really the problem in Carolina?"

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2009 11:58 am


i read hundreds of posts about the carolina loss, yet nothing about a great cards win!!..

billyisgone14.......your correct in your`s my thoughts also...


everybody blames jake. yes he had a tough game and he threw some picks..and he certainly tried to force some throws into double coverage.....sooo many people had money riding on the game they` want to see heads roll.....jakes, fox`s, steve smith..etc etc....jake is man enough to shoulder the loss on himself........everyone is so quick to abandon people after a tough outing...never ceases to amaze me..when a pitcher has a tough first inning, "yank him."..when a goale lets in a couple of soft ones in the playoffs, "trade him.".....what`s wrong with you carolina fans?....geeze, i`m a bears fan and if we had jake i`d be thanking my lucky stars we had a hard working professional to guide us..

jake had a 95.0 passer rating going into these playoffs this year..better than any other...he completed 60 percent of his passes through the regular season and although he had some stumbling blocks this year, you`ve got a solid qb panther fans........remeber last year how mightily you struggled without him?......he`s not "one bad game away from being traded!"...get a grip.

the defense for carolina simply did zero against arizona. no pressure on warner. passive casual coverage on fitzgerald and they allowed a non-existent running game of arizona to manage the clock that jakes fault too?...when jake stumbled they did not hold the fact they abandoned it..

it simply too hard for people to applaud a great performance, but fans climb over themselves to throw eggs at a defeated they are supposed to support through thick and thin.................oh thats right, we only love them when they are winning......ahh, it all makes sense now...

from this bears fan who`s seen his share of tough qb performances, but sticks with his team through the very lowest lows and highs, way to go cards!!!

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