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November 28, 2007

Delhomme: It's tough to watch team struggle

    Injured Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme chatted with the media today in the Panthers locker room for the first time since he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow almost six weeks ago. He touched on a number of things, some of which will be in tomorrow's Charlotte Observer.  He's feeling great, his recovery is on schedule and he remains 100 percent behind coach John Fox, he said.

          He also talked about how tough it was to watch what his teammates are going through, as Carolina has stretched it's losing streak to five games.

         "You know what, we were going through some rough times last year," he said. "I know I was; I wasn't playing well. And you feel down for your teammates. To me, that hurts more than anything else, when you don't come through for your teammates. I know that's how I felt.  So you work even harder, if that's possible. You try too much and you don't get results."

         "And it's tough right now. I know in my mind I go back to the '04 season;  we're coming off the Super Bowl and we're expecting big, big things. And we start out 1-7; we couldn't do anything right.  I
couldn't make a throw; we couldn't make a catch."

        At San Francisco (Carolina's opponent again this Sunday), though, it all changed at halftime, after Fox ripped into the team.

    "Foxy lets us have it, and we come out and Moose (Muhsin Muhammad) and I, we hit on a couple passes, and the next thing you know, we get a win, and it's like  "Oh my gosh!" A weight's lifted off our shoulders and we started playing good football then.

          "...Right now, we're in a tough time; we've had some tough games. We want to win, we want to play well. A lot's being made of the  home-field stuff; I promise you guys, we want to win at home. There's nothing better than driving home with your family after a win.

          "We're working; it'll come."

-- Stan Olson

Posted by Observer Sports on November 28, 2007 at 04:05 PM | Permalink


the problem is that foxy hasn't ripped the team, they don't want to win and no one seems to care. you could tell they were trying before this season, but for some reason, the whole team has given up.

Posted by: altdude | Nov 28, 2007 4:39:06 PM

I love how Delhomme keeps referring to the the team as "we". He knows he will not play for the rest of the season but he still says things like "We're working; it'll come." Delhomme is an amazing leader and that is what makes him such a good quarterback.

I wish Fox was half of the leader Delhomme was, then we would be doing better.

Next year our QB's should be:
Delhomme - Unquestioned Starter
Basanez - Backup / future QB
Moore - 3rd string
Vinny T. - Our new QB coach
Carr - Selling Bojangles at the stadium

Posted by: Matt West | Nov 28, 2007 4:51:42 PM

Not sure this team isnt trying. Consider this: the Defense is on the field 2/3'ds of the game. They're beat..period! No QB other tham Vinny....Carr has no team support. Consider his success on down-and out patterns...he puts the ball 6 rows up into Sec 113 and leaves the game with a 20 QB rating. No love going on there. Special teams is bleak..not the players fault...they are just bleak and need a couple of speedsters to get us past the 30. In short...Fox has been dealt a really bad hand...why yell and make the players feel bad about themselves. What good comes from that...cut Fox some slack...even the national broadcast guys admit they dont know if they could do any better either withthe hand Fox has had the last 5 games

Posted by: Bob | Nov 28, 2007 5:00:14 PM

Don,t get too comfortable Jakey boy cause your old down home cajun mush talkin self ain't gonna cut it when I roll into town. You'll either have to become a better than avg QB or you'll be sent packing to NY. w/ Foxy

Posted by: Bill Cowher | Nov 28, 2007 5:08:50 PM

The defense is terrible on 3rd down. Peppers should on the back of a milkcarton

Posted by: steve | Nov 28, 2007 5:44:42 PM

Firts of all Bill Cowher there no garuntee your the Future Coach and I believe the Panthers will get a new GM and he will be more like the Patriots,Colts,Chargers,redskins,Eagles,
Steelers,GM and , Another thing about this Home Field Advantage ain't the same states fans that cheer at Duke ,Carolina Basketball games oh yeah and North Carolina state and clemson but wait isn't this the same fan who sheer at South Carolina and clemson and North Carolina State football games isn't this the same fan who made Duke and Carolina rivaly the bigest in Basketball including NBA too! isn't this the same fan who made South Carolina and Clemson one of College Football bigest rivraly so how can this fan not make Carolina Panthers one of the toughest place for other teams to win at, the Panthers fan should be rank in the top ten in every home field advantage stats we should be known with great home field advantage like the Packers,Seahawk,Chiefs,Colts,Patriots,
Cowboys,Steelers,Eagels and Broncos actually we should be over at least half of the teams fan on that list i listed so let show the NFL how loud Panthers fans could be and that we do have true great home feild advantage and don't let anybody stop us from being kown as that.

Posted by: TELLING IT LIKE IT IS | Nov 28, 2007 6:35:48 PM

That "some reason" altdude is the bad press! It's not the only reason, but it is a big part of the problem. The other part is explained in this video...

Posted by: SYRPIS | Nov 28, 2007 6:54:17 PM

SYRPIS, you keep posting that Bojangles commercial as the reason for the decline of the Cats; it was cute the first time an very boring for the 17th time. Your negative posts are getting dreary. How about offering something constructive for a change? Bad press is not the problem. Talent evaluation seems to be a greater problem, especially when guys we drafted several years ago or develop as free agents end up starting for other teams who have beaten us this year. Letting talent leave while remaining loyal to washed up vets seems counterproductive to me. Who is responsible? That's who should be replaced.

Posted by: omert | Nov 28, 2007 7:41:03 PM

we miss you. any chance you could throw with your left arm for the rest of the season?

Posted by: CardiacCat | Nov 28, 2007 8:02:02 PM

If you want to get rid of fox do not sell your tickets to cowboys fans. The loss of concession revenue etc will be more of a burden to the richardsons than seeing all the cowboy goons in the stands. BOYCOTT THE GAME AND EMBARASS JERRY

Posted by: steve | Nov 28, 2007 9:06:15 PM

If you want to get rid of fox do not sell your tickets to cowboys fans. The loss of concession revenue etc will be more of a burden to the richardsons than seeing all the cowboy goons in the stands. BOYCOTT THE GAME AND EMBARASS JERRY

Posted by: steve | Nov 28, 2007 9:07:24 PM

Why does everyone think Cowher is the answer?

If Fox is fired at the end of the season (which would be a mistake) shouldn't we replace him with some offensive minded "hey lets score 40 points a game" coach. Oh yeah, we already had one of those and it ended badly (1-15 season)

Food for thought, if the panthers fire Fox and replace him with Cowher, don't we end up with the exact same coach we already have. Cowher is a defense and run game coach same as Fox, besides the jaw and alot more spit flying they both have the same approach. If the panthers want to fire someone, they need to fire their medical and training staff, injuries have killed us more than anything else.

One year removed from a super bowl victory, with virtually the same players, Cowher's team was bitten by the injury bug and his season didn't go so well either.

I'm not trying to slam Cowher, I just remember him having some horrible years in Pitt. as well as some good ones. He got to his first superbowl when the AFC was a joke in the mid 90's and got crushed by the Cowboys. The superbowl he won a couple of years ago was against a weak NFC division team. The run he went on to get there was impressive, but what if Palmer doesn't blow out his knee in the playoff game and what if big ben misses that tackle in the colts game. We wouldn't even be talking about him right now.

Posted by: jason | Nov 29, 2007 12:07:00 AM

i want the offensive coordinator for the patriots as our new head coach period.

Posted by: james austin | Nov 29, 2007 10:06:50 AM

Jason, the MAIN point is that Cowher's teams have ALWAYS played tough, physical, inspired football and he never made excuses for any injuries or talent lost in free agency. No one is saying he's a sure-fire SB win-to-be, but he will always get great intensity and effort out of his players. THAT we can support win or lose, right?

Posted by: Roy | Nov 29, 2007 10:25:18 AM

Cowher is the answer. Why? Because he doesnt put up with BS. There are alot of players on this current Panthers team underperforming. Cowher would put them on the street. Look at the revolving door of talent that Cowher coached up over his decade with the Steelers.

Posted by: COWHER IS THE ANSWER | Nov 29, 2007 10:28:10 AM

I think it's clear that Fox is a nice guy but a one-dimensional coach. If he doesn't have a bruising running back to build his gameplan around he's lost. I don't see things changing unless we either: a, acquire that type of running back; b, get a new head coach; or c, Fox suddenly develops the ability to adapt his coaching style to his personnel. I know he can do it (think DeAngelo Williams taking snaps last year). If he would unleash Davidson and stop dropping Pep into coverage we'd probably be ok. I'd also try Drew Carter as a return man...

Posted by: Armchair quarterback | Nov 29, 2007 2:07:47 PM

I think the problem isn't that Foxey isn't ripping into them. From the effort I see on the field I think it's more likely that the team has tuned him (and the rest of the coaching staff) out. That tells me more than anything that it is time for new leadership.

Posted by: UncD | Nov 29, 2007 2:41:49 PM

UncD is right. It seems week after week that the team is making the statement that they won't perform for Fox.

Posted by: irishkitty | Nov 29, 2007 4:56:22 PM

It may be tuff Jake but any QB is better than having you out there. Please stay with Bojangles you do better with them than trying to play football with the pro's.

Posted by: ddor | Nov 30, 2007 10:45:34 PM

The Panthers can't win at home so why want they move.

Posted by: ddor | Nov 30, 2007 10:47:51 PM


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