There’s been quite a bit of talk about the Panthers sitting starting QB Jake Delhomme this week, but for now, he will remain as the starting quarterback – this despite an NFL-high 13 interceptions in six games. Coach John Fox announced after practice today that he still thinks Delhomme gives the Panthers “the best chance to win” and won’t bench him for Sunday’s game at Arizona, something he contemplated earlier in the week.
“If he would have went that way, how could I blame him? I mean, let’s be real here, how could I blame him?” Delhomme said. “But I was hoping it would be me. I’m going down swinging. I don’t know any other way to put it.”
Delhomme has been downright bad, committing 15 turnovers while throwing only four touchdown passes in the teams 2-4 start. He had three more picks Sunday, leading to 14 points in Buffalo’s 20-9 win at Bank of America Stadium.
His latest performance led Fox to waver on Delhomme for the first time since he replaced Rodney Peete as Carolina’s starter early in the 2003 season. But Fox is sticking with Delhomme ahead of backups Matt Moore and A.J. Feeley.
“The 48-hour rule, you go back and you look and there’s no question that we’ve struggled in that area,” Fox said. “Going through and looking at some our mishaps, I don’t think it’s one guy. I still think he gives us the best chance to win.”