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December 06, 2006

No conspiracy: Jake is hurt, Weinke might start

The theory started floating as soon as quarterback Jake Delhomme sat out Wednesday’s practice: The Panthers can’t wait to get Chris Weinke on the field.

This, the theorists say, is a subtle way to bench Delhomme. This, the theorists say, will save the season.

I’m just sorry friend and colleague Tom Sorensen already used the line about theorists being people who live in their mother’s basement. Besides, those same people are the ones who say Dan Henning’s offense couldn’t confuse a Pee-Wee team.

The simple facts are: The Panthers aren’t that conniving; with their playoff hopes on the line, they have other things to worry about (unlike theorists) than making up injuries; Delhomme really is hurt; there’s a good chance Weinke will start.

Think about it. If coach John Fox and Henning were so sold on Weinke, wouldn’t they have given him a start sometime since Oct. 20, 2002?

Oh, one other thing: This is Fox and Henning we’re talking about. Even if a veteran isn’t playing well, they’ll still start him. Remember Stephen Davis? On the same day Fox revealed Delhomme’s injury, he said DeShaun Foster, if healthy Sunday, will start ahead of rookie DeAngelo Williams, who had a big game Monday night.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 6, 2006 at 06:21 PM | Permalink


The same day Delhomme was diagnosed with a ligament injury to his thumb, Foster was diagnosed with Biakabutuka Syndrome... a condition that causes a running back to stutter-step, stutter-step, get back to the line of scrimmage and fall backward.

Posted by: Stinger | Dec 6, 2006 8:34:54 PM

Maybe it was just me, but if you watched the game, you saw Delhomme wince after the TD pass. I watched it again and saw his hand follow through and hit someone's helmet. I was surprised that no one on the broadcast mentioned it. I'm in Delhomme's corner and worry (a lot) about Weinke starting.

Posted by: Jeff | Dec 6, 2006 9:10:15 PM

Pat, at this point I wouldn't trust Fox and Henning to recognize a good ball player if he was first team all-pro. Fox has never given Wienke a chance to grow as a QB, he played that awful Peete when Wienke should have gotten a chance. A spot start won't prove a whole lot, unless he does well in spite of not having the offense built around it's starters strengths as an offense should be.

Posted by: Logan | Dec 6, 2006 10:17:03 PM

Interesting coincidence that this is the first game Jake is going to miss in his 4 years here, don't you think Pat? You can at least see why people might assume that this is more than just coincidence right?

Posted by: Johnny | Dec 6, 2006 11:33:34 PM

Hope Weinke can hand the ball to DeShaun Foster. Last time we played the Giants, Foster rushed for 151 yards. Also, he should practice handoffs to Williams and Goings. Goings added a few good carries during that game. Weinke is a big QB, so run a few himself.

Posted by: Tom | Dec 7, 2006 8:10:11 AM

So why wasn't he looked at during the game and a replacement put in? That TD pass was pretty early in the game and seems you'd know your finger was hurt...

Sorry. I don't buy it. Yes...he may have gotten "hurt", but I feel it's probably just an injury he would've played through regardless IF the Panthers were winning the games they should.

Posted by: Jamz | Dec 7, 2006 11:05:11 AM

where are my panthers? not only does the offensive line stink but where is the defensive(pepppers) stand? i think the whole entire lines need to be reconsidered

Posted by: deb varner | Dec 10, 2006 4:25:52 PM

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