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May 28, 2009

Delhomme on Jarrett; Hurney on OL depth

   Quarterback Jake Delhomme is optimistic that third-year wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett is ready for the kind of breakout season Carolina Panthers fans have been awaiting since the team picked him in the second round of the 2007 draft.

   “We’re waiting on Dwayne,” Delhomme said after summer school practice Thursday. “He can help us. He can really and truly help us. I expect him to help us.”

   Jarrett, a former Southern California All-American, had a disappointing rookie season, appearing in seven games and catching six passes for 73 yards. Last year, he had 10 receptions for 119 yards in nine games, but displayed more consistency.

   Delhomme hopes Jarrett will have a big third season, as did running back DeAngelo Williams last year.

   “This game is a learning process,” said Delhomme, adding that Jarrett showed “flashes” of excellence at times last season.

   “I have high hopes. If I didn’t have high hopes for him I wouldn’t be kind of hard on him.”


   If there are glaring weaknesses – at least for now – on the Carolina Panthers’ roster, it’s the total lack of experience among the backup offensive linemen and the long snappers.

   The Panthers lost all three of their experienced line backups during the offseason and so far haven’t re-signed veteran snapper Jason Kyle, an unrestricted free agent.

   However, general manager Marty Hurney sounds comfortable with the strategy the team’s taking, noting that it’s important to develop young depth via the draft.

   “We feel very good about (guard-center) Mackenzy Bernadeau and (tackle) Geoff Schwarrtz as far as (them) coming into their second year,” said Hurney. “We took them last year in the seventh round. They’ve had a year to kind of learn. We’ll see how they do. Then we used another draft pick (this year) on (guard) Duke (Robinson).  And we really were aggressive and signed some rookie free agents after the draft.

   “You’re evaluating every day and (seeing) how things go. Competition will kind of answer those questions. But I think we feel like we’ve got some good competition there for those backup spots.”

   The Panthers have three newcomers competing to potentially take over the snapping role – J.J. Jansen, Nick Sundberg and Patrick MacDonald. If


goes into the season with one of them snapping, they’re taking more of a chance on botched punts, field goals and extra points than with they stayed with the ever-reliable Kyle.

   “There’s always risk in everything,” said Hurney. “That’s something we just have to evaluate as we go. We’ve got three good candidates, and we’ll keep evaluating and go from there.”


   The defense clearly outshone the offense in Thursday’s practice. Strong safety Chris Harris and cornerback Richard Marshall were among several defenders with interceptions.

   Harris said it was a much better day for the defense than Wednesday’s opening practice of summer school.

   “We just had an oil change yesterday,” Harris joked. “On the second day, it looked like a totally different squad out there. Guys were starting to get comfortable and get back in the groove of things.”

   Harris said he’s encouraged by what he’s seen so far of defensive changes coming under new defensive coordinator Ron Meeks. Harris acknowledged that the Panthers probably will have more of an emphasis than in the past on the Cover 2 defensive scheme Meeks used extensively in recent years as coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts’ defense.

   Harris said he also expects the Panthers to do a better job off creating turnovers. They ranked in the middle of the league last season – tied for 15th – with 25 takeaways.

   “You should see a lot more turnovers this season,” said Harris.

   “We’re emphasizing running to the football … When you’re running to the football, good things happen.”


-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on May 28, 2009 at 03:50 PM | Permalink


Harris thinks the defense will create more turnovers this season and Delhomme knows the offense is going to give away more turnovers this season.

Posted by: john | May 28, 2009 4:20:40 PM

John, you're a tool, man. A limp one at that. Why take shots at 17? You and the rest of the bandwagon fans on this "blog" had better get really comfortable with Jake.

While he may not be Johnny Unitas, he's no Art Schlichter either. Miami had a 4000+ yard and 30+ TD passer every year in Marino...what did they ever win? NOTHING!

Look at names like Simms, Hostetler, McMahon, and Dilfer - all Super Bowl winners, and all average QB's at best. They played for teams with power running games and tenacious, opportunistic defenses, just like what Carolina had in 2003, and just like they're trying to assemble now.

Carolina is a product of the salary cap and the dreaded P-word - PARITY. They're an above average team that got younger over the last two years, and are very quietly accumulating talent. Watch what happens.

As far as Jake is concerned, he had a bad game when it counted most. Spit happens. Let it go. All the whining of supposed fans and "know it alls" ain't gonna change it. Imagine this - Fox and Hurney may actually know a little bit more than you do, wise guy.

Posted by: Scott | May 28, 2009 5:18:35 PM

Very well said Scott. I would assume all these Jake haters in here are nfl scouts. Look at what we did in 07-08 compared to 08-09 without and with Jake as our QB. I'll take my chances with Jake every week because unlike peppers he gives 100% everytime he steps on the field!!!

Posted by: Tony | May 28, 2009 5:29:52 PM

of course the D is getting more picks....jake's confidence was shattered and all the sweet coating and kind words won't change that........

Posted by: rjk | May 28, 2009 5:52:05 PM

Scott I couldn't agree with you more, I love that the Panthers resigned Jake to a long term contract and would be very happy if he retired as a Panther.

Posted by: Jody | May 28, 2009 5:52:38 PM

Jake also said that D-Lo would have a breakout year and look what happened.Jake knows the Offense better than most of you poster's.

Posted by: Ghost Of Sparta | May 28, 2009 6:13:19 PM

Jody, you touch on another point about Jake with his contract. While the haters out there scream about signing Jake to a long term deal, they're missing the detail.

Jake SAVED CAP ROOM by restructuring. It's the second time he has done it, too. After the '05 season, he restructured and saved cap room by back-loading his contract. When the big money came due and was hurting his team, he did the team-first thing and restructured again!

I don't think that Hurney and Fox expect him to play through the end of his contract, and I'd bet Jake doesn't either. Right now, Jake's the best QB for this TEAM, and he shows it in the locker room, to the fans, and on the field.

I think that all of the haters need to step away from their Madden games and Fantasy Football crap for a minute and really look what this franchise and team are all about. We are fortunate enough to have an owner that is literally revered within league circles who runs a franchise the way it should be run. Quit screaming about the Arizona game already!!!

Posted by: Scott | May 28, 2009 6:22:01 PM

Finally a blog that has more positive posts than negative ones towards the panthers!

Posted by: Leonard | May 28, 2009 7:00:41 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: We're not going to see how good Dwayne Jarrett is until Moose retires and hands over the car keys.

Now with that being said, Dwayne Jarrett needs to show some improvement as the slot receiver. If he could pull off 25-30 receptions and at least 300 yards, he will go a long way to securing that #2 job next season. If he has a good training camp, he might even be bumped up sooner.

I still consider this job his to lose, but he still needs to go out and earn that job.

Posted by: Revshawn | May 28, 2009 11:20:45 PM

Aww, feel the love... everyone's burying their head in the sand... I hear ya guys... "my wife is ugly and the beer goggles just wore off so I'll just go into denial"... but wait this isn't LOVE or marriage and we CAN and have the right to demand a better QB because Jake has NOT LEAD US TO ANYTHING, any more than Grossman led the Bears anywhere.. .we win... now don't blow a casket understanding this you simpliton, gladhanding, a&^kissing, suck ups, in SPITE of jake.... we often get yards by just chucking a ball 50 yards and letting SMITTY do the work... or the running game or let our defense win a 13-10 SNOOZE fest of mistakes.... but we DESERVE a QB that doesn't A. wine every time he leaves a field with Steve Smith and Moose and a GREAT running game and HE can't muster a decent read or throw for a first down B. a QB that isn't ranked 20th or worst EVERY season in completion percentage/ rating C. a QB that NEVER, EVER completely TANKS a PLAYOFF game... or can anyone argue those also ran superbowl QB's played worse than.. "THE WORST QB OUTING IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL PLAYOFFS" (fact no QB has ever had that many int.'s/ fumbles in a playoff game) D. THAT CAN PLAY AS MEDIOCRE OR BAD AS HE DOES WITH STEVE SMITH, MOOSE, a great O-line, DeAngelo AND Stewart....ARE YOU RETARDS KIDDING ME... WE ALMOST LOST TO DETROIT AND THE RAIDERS BECAUSE OF HIS BLUNDERS... name ONE other QB that has our talent around him that has HIS stats... Jake may work hard, be humble and salt of the earth but dude you AIN'T a fan if you don't pay to sit in the stands, buy jersey's and die with every loss... and if you do you want to WIN and Jake cannot do it... we've been LUCKY with all our talent and conservative coaching strategies to hide his blunders... period... last year our luck ran out... don't go all SILENT AGAIN like at the end of last season when you guys were nowhere to be seen defending Jake... if THIS season turns out the same way.

Posted by: handyman | May 29, 2009 1:19:11 AM

Thank you handyman. The Panthers can do better and the fans demand better at the QB position. Anyone that thinks Delhomme was responsible for anything other than tunnel vision and turnovers is a fool. Fox of course is the other major problem with his blind loyalty and stubborness.

Posted by: D.W.G | May 29, 2009 4:04:59 AM

And what's with blaming Jarrett for not producing? Its kind of hard when your coach doesn't activate you in most games and your QB on throws to one WR.

Posted by: D.W.G | May 29, 2009 4:08:33 AM

Handyman and D.W.G. you guys are right on!!!!! I like Jake's gun slinger attitude. The problem is that Jake's not a gun slinger!!!! I hate to say one person was the cause of our losing at home against Arizona. So, I'm blaming two. First I blame Fox. No way should we have been passing as much as we did when we have one of the best if not best running games in the league. I can take the loss against the Cardinals if we played our game (Running the ball, mixed in the play action), and they shut us down. To lose by not playing our game or the fact that Jake kept making bad reads was just hard to stomach!!!! I hate losing by not playing our game!!! Fox should have pulled Jake after the third pick. Jake plays the way he plays cause 1) He knows Fox will NEVER pull him and 2) We don't have a quarterback behind him that can take his job. I think Fox and company has dropped the ball by not bringing in a capable backup to not just challenge Jake but if Jake goes down we don't have to scrap the season. What if Jake gets off to a rocky start by going 2 and 5 record? 5 td's and 11 picks? Will Fox pull him or NO!!! The window for us is closing fast!!! We need to capitalize on our opportunity NOW!!!!

Posted by: Tyrone | May 29, 2009 7:03:32 AM

Since when did being dissatisfied with one player not allow you to be a fan of the team they are on. We are all panthers fans... whether you like or don't like jake. My biggest frustration is not that Jake will start this year, which i am not excited about, but the fact that we have not tried to find a replacement for him. And no, matt moore and josh mccown are not the answer.

Posted by: Jim | May 29, 2009 8:49:39 AM

People also like to argue that without Jake we wouldn't have a winning season because they look back at when he was out in '07.. but that is a terrible comparison because we did not have the offensive line then that we have now, no stewart, and deangelo was not even close to what he was last year, so to say jake is the reason for our success is just plain ignorant.

Posted by: Jim | May 29, 2009 8:52:14 AM

I'm not quite sure what stands you were sitting in handyman??? The stands I sat in 9 times last year we went 8-1. Jake shit the bed in that playoff game. It can't solely be put on him though. The ENTIRE coaching staff shit the bed. We only ran the ball 13 times the whole game and 4 of them on the opening possession which we scored. Jake is a coach on the field and 95% of the running plays that are called are called on the line of scrimmage. If I remember correctly DeLo had a ton of big carries not even getting touched. It was Jakes intelligence that called that play on where the defense was. The "5" year deal for Jake is not what it sounds like. The deal is only a 21 mil in guaranteed $$ so don't get so hung up on the 5 years. We were going to pay Jake 11 mil just this year, now we have him for 3 years @ 21mil thats 7 per season. What other QB's in the league take pay cuts to help the team like that??? Jake is a standup guy and fits the personality of the Panthers. 12-4 and all of the sudden he is the worse QB of all time?? And as far as passer rating, it was not long ago (05) season that Jake had one of the highest passer ratings in the league and made the Pro Bowl. Handyman all you told me is "Your not very handy after all, you moron"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wowo | May 29, 2009 10:12:46 AM

I kinda have to side with Handyman and DWG..i mean I know Jake is not the answer but neither are the backups! the prob is that there has been NO competition for his spot whatsoever...so of course mediocrity will be tolerated..for now

and to Scott--u named some pretty average QBs who won rings true enough..but u failed to mention the HALL OF FAME defenses that played behind them..Simms & Hostetler had LT and Big Blue...McMahon had the Monsters of the Midway + WALTER PAYTON (R.I.P.)..and Dilfer had the BEST scoring defense in NFL history!! Do we have that to cover for Jake's blunders?? thanks for contributing though

Reason DJ cant prove himself is bc he never gets on the field..stop jerking with the guy's confidence and either throw him out there or cut him

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | May 29, 2009 10:47:26 AM

Well all of you girls that don't like Jake can complain all you want to, because the only opinions that really matter are those of the players and coaches and they all support Jake. So if that doesn't sit too well with all of you fair weather girls please do us real fans a favor and pull for the Lions, Raiders, Chiefs or anybody but the Panthers, that way all of your negativity will be justified.

Posted by: Jody | May 29, 2009 1:14:28 PM

Here Here, Scott !!

Posted by: nasty704 | May 29, 2009 6:04:35 PM

Jake is the answer for now. Since 2007 we are 14-5 with him and 5-8 without him. I want to see how we do this year when he is 2 years removed from tommy john surgery. He had 4 really bad games last year. Two were after the bye week and the last was after a bye week in the playoffs. Kirwin on Sirius radio talked to some folks in the know and he believes that the bad games may in part be due to Jake not playing during the bye weeks to rest his arm and then he tightened up and couldn't get his rhythm back for a few weeks. Note how as the season progressed from the bye week he got better and then in the playoffs looked like a totally different guy.

Believe what you want but if he comes out this year and puts up big numbers it will be proof that he is all the way back and ready to be the guy for the next several years.
If he struggles then we may see a lot more of Moore and McCown and we will using a draft pick on QB in the fall.

I expect Jake to have his best numbers since 2004 which was the last year he played totally injury free. But you won't hear him making excuses because that is not how he rolls.

Posted by: Gary | May 30, 2009 10:24:51 AM

Yeah, Jarrett is INCREDIBLE when he gets on the field:

20 targets
11 catches

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 30, 2009 3:14:42 PM

Im starting to agree with Dlo Williams more and more each post I read,that alot of the people that run their mouth's negatively about Jake are "SO CALLED" fans,and have no idea How to tape up a ankle,put on shoulder pads etc. So you can tell that Negative/Hating posters are what makes the players look down upon some of us true fans and give US a bad reputation with our own team.....

Go pull for Dallass or The Falcants Cry Babies.

Posted by: Ghost Of Sparta | May 30, 2009 7:03:10 PM

One has to agree that the Panthers have good talent in a number of skilled positions...the only problem however is that Jake Dehlomme will handle the ball on every snap, and if his past performances serves as any indicator, the outcome could be very predictable, if not down right disastrous. Jake has yet to "mature" into a consistantly competent quarter back, especially at this late stage of his career.

For all of those "true Fans" out there conversating about "wait until next year", you're living in a world of fantasy.

Posted by: Lawrence | May 30, 2009 10:03:21 PM

Which "past performances" are YOU talking about, Lawrence? Delhomme has gotten 88 starts for the Panthers, and he's got a .614 winning percentage in those games. God, he's AWFUL.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 31, 2009 3:14:21 AM

you people make me sick. handyman is right.i believe that we had the most talented team in the n.f l last year. we had an easy schedule and still smitty was bailing jake out week after week. look at the games.jake almost lost to detroit and oakland.smitty saved us at green bay.i could go on and on. jake is a statue in the pocket,he fumbles. he thinks hes a gunslinger but his arm is neither fast or accurate.all the panthers need is a game manager like phil simms used to be with the giants,but jake cant even do that.
im sick of these jerks that accuse people of not being a true panther fan just because they dont drink the jake koolade. i follow the team all year and live and die with them and then to watch some bozo throw 5 ints and fumble to destroy our season just galls me.

Posted by: ray | Jun 1, 2009 4:43:52 PM

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