I've been a proponent of Jake Delhomme all season. There have been times when I've been the proponent of Jake Delhomme. It was lonely out there.
And then Jake came back and played well against Arizona in Carolina's upset victory and well enough in Carolina's road loss to New Orleans.
But there is no defense for what happened in the first half against the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets Sunday.
Steve Smith went deep against cornerback superstar Darrelle Revis and beat him by two steps down the right sideline. Delhomme's pass, however, was three steps short. There was no pressure. Jake just underthrew the pass badly and Revis was in position to pick it off.
Late in the second quarter, Delhomme threw high and wide to Muhsin Muhammad, who was wide open, and badly missed him. Under pressure on the next play he threw high again and was interecepted by safety Kerry Rhodes. One minute, 48 seconds remained, and the Jets scored on their next possession to take a 14-3 lead.
Jake's first interception bounced off the foot of Steve Smith. Jake was anticipating a slant on third and nine. Smith had something else planned. The ball hit him in a bad place, the foot, and into the hands of Revis, who brought the ball into the end zone.
To sum up, Jake was abysmal. But if Fox had another quarterback he believed in, John Fox would have played that quarterback more than a month ago.
One big difference between being at The Meadowlands and watching this game on TV is that you can change channels.
Jake finished the half 4 of 8 for 24 yards and three interceptions.