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Eye of the Panther


September 17, 2009 12:15 AM

Panthers Will Stick With Jake

The Carolina Panthers will stick with Jake Delhomme as their starting quarterback.

You can count on that.

After all, what other options do they have at this point?

Backup quarterback Josh McCown suffered severe knee and ankle sprains in Sunday's opening game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and has been placed on Injured Reserve, effectively ending his season, and more likely than not, his time with the Panthers.

Newly-acquired A.J. Feeley is a career backup quarterback for the most part and doesn't know the Cats' system yet, so he's not a viable option at this point, if at all.

And third-string quarterback Matt Moore is just that, an emergency quarterback who is not prepared to be an NFL starting quarterback at this time and may never be.

So, the Panthers will stick with Jake despite the clamoring from many Carolina fans for a quarterback change.

And that might not be such a bad thing.

Sure, Delhomme had horrible performances in Sunday's loss to the Eagles and last season's playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and if he continues to play the way he did in those two games, he's going to be watching Carolina games from the sidelines, $20 million in guaranteed money over the next three years notwithstanding.

Odds are that won't happen.

Odds are Jake will bounce back and with a vengeance.

Why?

Because Jake Delhomme is a winner.

He's led the Panthers to a lot of big wins over the last seven seasons.

He's led the Panthers to an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl appearance, where he and the Cats came within a whisker of knocking off the heavily-favored New England Patriots.

And did you ever compare the Panthers' winning percentage when Jake doesn't start to the team's winning percentage when he does?

Let's just say that things haven't gone well for the Cats when Jake isn't in there and leave it at that because the Panthers' winning percentage without Jake isn't a pretty sight.

And speaking of the NFL's current crop of starting quarterbacks and their teams' winning percentage with them at quarterback, guess who's in the Top 10 among the league's 32 starting quarterbacks?

That's right.

Jake Delhomme.

The guy's one of the ten winningest quarterbacks in the NFL.

Right up there with guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Donovan McNabb, and Eli Manning when it comes to leading his team to wins in the National Football League.

And there's something to be said for that....

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