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December 14, 2009

Delhomme ready to return?

BOSTON (Logan Airport) -- There appears to at least be a chance that quarterback Jake Delhomme will return to practice this week for the Carolina Panthers after missiing two games with a broken finger.

Delhomme acknowledged after yesterday's 20-10 loss at New England that it was at least a possibility. In the locker room, his right hand wasn't wrapped and his index and middle fingers didn't appear to be taped together anymore.

Asked if he'd be ready for practice Wednesday, Delhomme said "We'll see."

Coach John Fox stayed with his usual "day to day" declaration for Delhomme's status.

The Panthers are 1-1 with Matt Moore subbing for Delhomme at quarterback, but the offense continues to struggle, scoring 26 points in the past two games and 49 points in the past four games.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on December 14, 2009 at 07:17 AM | Permalink


Oh, God....Here we go again.

Posted by: Re Demption | Dec 14, 2009 7:41:06 AM

Hopefully John Fox's stay as head coach is "day to day"

Posted by: jgib | Dec 14, 2009 7:50:09 AM

Face it, most everything with the panthers offense sucks. The QB position is rotten, worst in the League.

Other than Smith the receivers are bad.

The line is mediocre without Gross.

Running backs are terrific but help back by no pass game.

Offensive coaching is horrendus.

Posted by: cmo | Dec 14, 2009 7:51:43 AM

start feeley!

Posted by: mr obvious | Dec 14, 2009 7:52:28 AM

I thought Moore had a decent game.

Posted by: panfan1 | Dec 14, 2009 7:53:49 AM

We are the only team in the NFL that only has 4 active receivers and thats coaching this is ridiculous. Even the talk of Jake starting makes me wanna vomit. We need heart and inspiration and neither John Fox, Julius Peppers, or Jake Delhommme bring that to the table. We need new blood hopefully Richardson feels the same way.

Posted by: J.B. McLaughlin | Dec 14, 2009 7:58:38 AM

Moore had a good game once he calmed down.

Do we even need to think about how many picks delhomme would have thrown? I still don't think Moore is the answer but he is the best we have right now.

Posted by: Tyler Colbert | Dec 14, 2009 8:05:36 AM

I love how everyone expected Matt Moore to be the next John Elway. Give me a break he's started 5 games in his career and only 2 in the last 2 years. He played well yesterday and deserves more playing time. He comes in late in the year and is expected to save this flawed team? Unrealistic, however, MATT MOORE gives us the best change at winning (what do you think about that John Fox), especially with Delhomme's bum finger. I really don't care who plays QB this year because this whole team will look different next year-THANK GOD! Fox has lost his edge and Hurney has destroyed the future with horrible draft choices. Fox/Hurney need a change of venue and we need new blood at B of A stadium.

Posted by: gradyhog | Dec 14, 2009 8:24:42 AM

Moore, deserves and should start. He needs and deserves to play and get more experience and only then can we make a good determination. What I do like is (1) Can get out of the pocket and will run more once he gets his feet under it. (2) Strong arm and does not stare at his primary target, (3) Though he has made a few bad passes he typically stays away from the barrage of Int's that Jakes throws. Give him some time.

Posted by: mclifford | Dec 14, 2009 8:29:10 AM

Oh and this love affair of Charles Chandler and Jake Delhomme has to stop. It makes me want to puke when I read this sappy, delusional dribble from Mr. Chandler stating how Matt Moore is not the answer, Fox/team has no confidence in him, it's not Jake's fault, Jake Jake Jake I love Jake! Give it up man, it's over CC. Your QB lover is riding into the sunset and you should hop on the back of that horse. It's painfully obvious that your cozy relationship with the current regime clouds your vision and reason. Where's Pat Y when you need him...oh yeah, ESPN where real writers reign.

Posted by: gradyhog | Dec 14, 2009 8:31:32 AM


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Posted by: panfan1 | Dec 14, 2009 8:51:03 AM

Moore sucks Jake sucks now lets try Feely if he doesnt work we are screwed we need a new QB next year

Posted by: ceasar | Dec 14, 2009 9:07:04 AM

Delhomme is done...so is Fox...so is Hurney...Peppers may be done here too. A new coaching staff and GM is desperately needed here in Charlotte. Moore is not a bad QB at all and will only get better with more playing time. I honestly believe the kid would be much better now had he played against the weaker opponents early in the season as Delhomme had the fortune (misfortune for the team and fans) of doing. It's funny how so many of you prognosticators say he's not the answer, yet Jake or Tebow or some other washed up veteran is, right? Let the guy play with the full compliment of weapons and plays that Jake was afforded, uh...nevermind, Davidson had to dummy down the playbook for Jake. Give Davidson and Moore the freedom to play all out after an off-season to prepare as the starter and then see what the man can do. Unfortunately, he's going to catch a bad rep just like Weinke did when he played for the God-awful 1-15 version of these Panthers where both were put in unwinnable situations with unrealistic expectations. Good luck Matt, I believe you could be the solution at QB for the Panthers. Hopefully, the next coaching staff here will give you the chance!

Posted by: NFL247 | Dec 14, 2009 9:11:00 AM

Get rid of Jake, Pep, Fox, Muss, Hurney, and the offensive corr.

Posted by: ceasar | Dec 14, 2009 9:12:36 AM

I've wanted Matt to have a decent chance to see what he could do. Now I'd put the odds that he has potential to be a reasonably successful starting QB at about 1 in 3. Ideally, I'd like to see him finish out the season as a fair test of what he can do.

OTOH, it is clear that the organization has not yet given up on Jake. That being the case, they need to put Jake back in there. The worst possible thing would be to end the season still not having decided either that Jake is finished or that we can commit to him for another year or so ~and~ still not have decided whether our backup QB has any real starter potential or not.

Regardless of how he might try not to remove himself from decisions that belong to the coach, I've got to believe that JR has an opinion on Jake, as well as on Fox. If JR has made up his mind to can Fox, then he (JR) should call the shots on who gets the remaining QB starts. No need to squander Matt's opportunity if we are going to bring in a new coach who is likely to cut Jake loose.

Posted by: Ignatius Reilly | Dec 14, 2009 9:22:37 AM

Steve Smith finally gets a long touchdown pass from a QB that actually has an arm......and Foxy will start the broken down Delhomme next week. Geeeesh....THAT is why he will be fired at the end of the season...he is obsessed with Jake.

Posted by: Who Cares | Dec 14, 2009 9:22:52 AM

For every mistake or screw up you have against Hurney, you should also keep in mind all the studs we have been able to draft since he has been here.

Posted by: Eric | Dec 14, 2009 9:29:21 AM

Matt Moore should've been starting after the 4th or 5th game of the season. Had Moore been given a little more time to develop this year, I can assure that we'd better than we are now. Jake is a backup QB at this point.

Posted by: JohnnyCornbread | Dec 14, 2009 9:34:08 AM

Moore played well and everyone who don't know anything about football should shut the hell up. The kid played decent. This is his 5th game and second this year. He made good throws and overthrew some passes. He will be fine. He just have to develop more confidence, see the field better, and gain that leadership quality. He will be good to go.

Posted by: Panthers2003 | Dec 14, 2009 9:44:17 AM

Moore definitely has one thing Jake never has had, and that is mobility. If they have comparable passing capabilities and Moore can consistantly show an ability to run, avoid pressure, make throws on the run, etc. then he should be playing.

Posted by: Homie da clown | Dec 14, 2009 9:51:10 AM

Let's assume for a moment that this is Jake's last season as a Panther. Thus far, that possibility is only speculation. I realize that Jake has had a terrible year, but just as is the case with all NFL team problems, not everything can be laid at Jake's feet. I have been and still remain a Jake supporter, but if this is his last year as a Panther, I hope he gets to start at least the last game of the season with the New Orleans Saints. I think it would be poetic justice for Jake to be the QB who ends the Saints' perfect season. Even if we don't win, let's show some class and show some appreciation for what Jake has done in the past. With the pressure Jake had on him from January through August after the playoff game against Arizona, I think there are very, very few men who could come back and start and play their hearts out as Jake did. Can you Jake haters at least admit that Jake deserves to go out with some dignity and respect, and not be tossed out like a broken appliance? And for those of you who want Michael Vick to come to Charlotte, may God have mercy on your souls! Obviously, winning is more important to you than character and integrity, and I hope this is not the message you want to convey to your children!

Posted by: Panthergirl | Dec 14, 2009 9:51:10 AM

When did I ever say that Jake was coming back? In my post game interview I said that Matt is improving. Charles CHandler says that Jake is coming back.

Posted by: John Fox | Dec 14, 2009 9:53:43 AM

The problem is by the time The Panthers found what was really wrong with the team(Jake Delhomme), it was too late for Matt Moore to pull them out. The Panthers would have lost yesterday's game even worse than they did, had Jake been the QB. The touchdown pass to Smitty would not have been caught in stride like it was, it would've been picked off. Matt threw the ball away, instead of taking sacks for negative yardage. He's just better all around for this team and it's too little too late. Jake needs to go, and he's not the only one.

Posted by: Brent | Dec 14, 2009 9:57:28 AM

It doesn't matter who the quarterback is. The system is terrible. The system doesn't match the abilities of the players, which is bad coaching. Replace the coaches, not the players.

Posted by: Homey | Dec 14, 2009 10:03:56 AM

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