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November 24, 2010

Delhomme has no hard feelings

Jake Delhomme is expected to start against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, but the Cleveland quarterback said he holds no ill will against the organization that cut him last March after seven seasons with the Panthers.

Delhomme appreciated the manner in which the Panthers handled his exit. General manager Marty Hurney flew to Delhomme's agent's office in Chicago to deliver the news, giving Delhomme a chance to break it to the people closest to him.

"To get fired, that was the classiest way to do it," Delhomme said Wednesday during a conference call with Charlotte-area reporters.

Delhomme was his usual candid self during the 15-minute teleconference, saying he wouldn't have had a chance to play against the Panthers if not for the ankle injury to rookie QB Colt McCoy.

"If the kid's not banged-up, I'm going to have pom-poms in my hand, cheering on the sideline," Delhomme said.

Delhomme did not hear a lot of cheers during his last year in Charlotte. Delhomme threw a career-high 18 interceptions in 11 games in 2009, going 4-7 before a finger injury ended his season.

Overall, Delhomme was 58-40 as a starter with the Panthers, and led them to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2003 in his first season with the team.

"Last year was rough, certainly getting booed. But I wasn't playing well," Delhomme said. "But one year out of seven, that doesn't diminish anything."

Delhomme said when he received the fatefull call from John Fox that the Panthers were letting him go, his initial thought was that they were going to move him to second team and let Matt Moore start.

"Sometimes a breakup is needed and I really and truly believe that was best for both parties," Delhomme said. "It kind of worked out best for everybody. I certainly didn't expect to be stuck in an ankle boot for half the season. But that's the hand I was dealt."

Delhomme sustained a high ankle sprain in a Week 1 loss at Tampa Bay and has been inactive for all but two games. As McCoy led the Browns to upset wins over New Orleans and New England, Delhomme said he wondered whether he'd played his last game.

But now McCoy is injured, and Delhomme looks like he's going to get a shot against his former teammates.

"They know my weaknesses and I know a lot of their strengths. But it's a different year, I'm around a different offense. ... In the end I have to do what's best for the Cleveland Browns."

--Joseph Person




Posted by Observer Sports on November 24, 2010 at 03:08 PM | Permalink


Jake should be able to show the Panthers QB of the day how to throw better interceptions. Surprised that Vinny Testeverde has not started yet this season. Go Panthers!!! (likely to LA) and Go Fox!!! (likely to another team)

Posted by: terry bradshaw | Nov 24, 2010 3:17:46 PM

Jake the Joke....he will throw 3 interceptions with one being on the Brown's first possession. Looks like win #2 (regretfully) for The Panthers

Posted by: Greg | Nov 24, 2010 3:26:27 PM

Pick Me

Posted by: Jake Luck | Nov 24, 2010 3:29:27 PM

No Pick Me

Posted by: Andrew Luck | Nov 24, 2010 3:31:20 PM

Terry you are a huge d-bag

Posted by: johnboy | Nov 24, 2010 3:31:44 PM

No Pick Me. Lose every game and Pick Me

Posted by: Andrew Luck | Nov 24, 2010 3:36:38 PM

No Pick Me. Lose every game and Pick Me

Posted by: Andrew Luck | Nov 24, 2010 3:36:39 PM

Jake will win and he'll have a good day with no picks.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 24, 2010 3:43:59 PM

I have to say, Jake is a lot better than that clown that came from Notre Dame. He is no where near what a pro QB should be. Too bad Colt isnt playing, could see how a good rookie can play. lol, a rookie who played on a national championship team, not one that were losers

Posted by: JClauson | Nov 24, 2010 3:47:13 PM

Nowhere not no where.

And what is "isnt"

Also We're not were....so who is actually the loser?

Posted by: Mark | Nov 24, 2010 3:52:41 PM

I hope Jake starts and the Browns win, because that means the Panthers would have paid Jake to give them a loss.

Posted by: jason | Nov 24, 2010 4:02:31 PM

This should be a battle to see which QB can try the hardest to lose the game,small hands Clausen or Jake the fake.
One is a has been and the other a never will be.
I'm glad it is in Cleveland where i won't be tempted to go see these two clowns play Pop Warner type football.
I can't wait to get the # 1 2011 NFL draft pick and select Luck.

Posted by: Concerned Fan | Nov 24, 2010 4:08:45 PM

As sorry as Flakey Jakey is,he's still better than Clausen the overhyped and overated loser from Notre Dame,so it's pretty obvious who wins the game.

Posted by: Panther-For-Life | Nov 24, 2010 4:19:48 PM

These people who think the Panthers will move to another city are so amazingly stupid and uneducated. One bad year does not mean the team will move. Games are still sold out, there hasn't been a game blacked out in many years, and people are always talking about the team despite their struggles on the field (which means interest in the team is still there). I wish these morons would stop with the "move the team" talk.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 24, 2010 4:52:36 PM

Jake Delhomme will be the starter Sunday because i feel he gives us the best chance to win.

John Fox

Posted by: Foxie | Nov 24, 2010 4:56:01 PM

While I have always been a Panthers fan since 2004 (through good and bad) I am also a Jake fan. Good luck Jake I wish you a good game and the Panthers as well! This is going to be hard and exciting game for me to watch! Go everybody!!! LOL

Posted by: Liz | Nov 24, 2010 5:02:05 PM

Hey Mark,

Your comment "And what is "isnt"" is not a sentence.

"Also We're not were....so who is actually the loser?"

Why would you capitalize both words and not bother to add a comma as well?

Looks like by your standards you are a loser also.

Posted by: Jerk | Nov 24, 2010 5:02:52 PM

Hey Mark,

What are you - a frustrated wannabe English teacher? Please leave the English to the professionals, put your thumb back in your mouth, and grab momma's apron strings!!!!

If you can't add some value to the comments, STH up!!!!

Posted by: Denny's Owner | Nov 24, 2010 5:10:16 PM

Gosh. I wish this game was played in Charlotte.

Posted by: par404 | Nov 24, 2010 5:28:01 PM

Perhaps Steve Smith can play defense on Sunday so Jake can throw to him

Posted by: ktyalor | Nov 24, 2010 5:42:35 PM

Why do people say move the team to L.A.? If they dont like the team just dont watch it. It is very simple, instead of watching the Panthers, you go outside and do something else. Or you can turn the channel and watch a movie. You have very many options other than watching a team you dont want around. And to the person talking about grammar and spelling, please proofread this and get it back on my desk by noon like a good little bitch. Thank you.

Posted by: Moronic Fanbase | Nov 24, 2010 5:43:04 PM

Dennys Owner...put the phone up to your ear and I will let you hear your momma scream!

Posted by: Mark | Nov 24, 2010 5:49:34 PM

Panther's should start Smitty on Defense and Jake will lock on him all day!

Posted by: Tim | Nov 24, 2010 5:51:58 PM

I see revenge on Jake's forehead.

Posted by: Redskins Fan | Nov 24, 2010 5:59:24 PM

There's no point of drafting Luck, he will be thrown under the bus after 4 games as well. Hearing responses about him being the worst pick, a bust without time to improve.

It never ends, might as well draft a QB for the next 5 years until they find the right one.

Posted by: adam carter | Nov 24, 2010 6:07:46 PM

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