They're stubborn, those Carolina Panthers.
For years, they thought Jake Delhomme could win them a Super Bowl. He almost did, which is really scary, but the Panthers decided they had enough Thursday when they released him.
I've always thought Delhomme was the type of quarterback who might win a Super Bowl if everything went just right, which happens once every 20 years. He just wasn't good enough to sustain it.
That's why I called him "Jake the Fake." He even laughed about it when I told him about it once, mainly because I told him I was changing my tune about that name a few years ago.
I wrote a column about it, saying that maybe he wasn't Jake the Fake.
No, he was -- and became that even more so the past couple of years. I should have stuck to my initial thinking. Delhomme was a nice story, a great guy, but he wasn't a quarterback to build a team around.
He was limited. The Panthers brass used to get mad when I made cracks about Delhomme, but in the end they knew what they had: A nice guy who can do some decent things if everything is perfect.
The Panthers are the perfect example of what can happen when you think you can win without a real franchise passer. You might get close, but the inconsistency will always show.
Now it's on to Matt Moore for the Panthers.
That means going from "Jake the Fake" to "Matt who Sat."
When will they learn?