There was a critically acclaimed cable movie made some years back by HBO and shown on its cable outlet. The subject matter was indeed raw. As it dealt with rape and incest . The movie was titled ‘ Bastard Out Of Carolina’.
The subject matter and its portrayal , some may well have found to be nauseous and disconcerting. But it does give you an insight as to the human spirit and heart. And how one can triumph in the end , after the most egregious of misdeeds.
However , I must digress but my the title piece here , I believe can best describe the torture and torment that Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Jake Delhomme ,must now be facing. At this point in time the ‘Ragin’ Cajun ‘ must feel about as welcome in the city of Charlotte, as Osama Bin Laden. Delhomme may well have not killed anyone.But his summarily abject display may well have pushed many Panthers’ fans close to the edge of committing suicide.
The Carolina Panthers though not viewed by everyone as being one of the elite teams within the NFC , much less the NFL. They were often seen a dark horse around the league , quite capable of pulling off the upset – if things all fell into place. And within their division, the NFC South , the team – alongside New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons . It was thought would be fighting for dominance and supremacy within the division. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ,though the fourth member of the quartet that makes up the division, aren’t thought of as contenders to make a serious bid to win the division outright. In the midst of a rebuilding process and with a new coach in tow. It’s thought that they won’t contend perhaps, for another two years .
As alluded to earlier in the piece. The quarterback’s abject display in his team’s 38-10 annihilation at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles, must be giving Panthers’ fans , a great deal of cause for concern.
Delhomme’s performance on the day can be best described as pitiful.And when one looks at his figures you can well understand why , much of the blame is apportioned to him. Seven completions on seventeen attempts for 63 yards, four interceptions- and then one adds in , his being sacked 3 times. His passer rating barely was above double digits – 14.7 %. It’s no wonder he was being booed by the home crowd and others were actually baying for his blood. And it shouldn’t have escaped the Eagles’ fans in attendance that a leaf was being taken out of their books, as they questioned Delhomme’s birthright and his parentage. He’s the bastard , they indeed wanted out of Carolina .
It would have been certainly interesting to see what might have happened had the Eagles , had Michael Vick in tow, with the ‘wildcat offense ‘ being deployed ? The margin of victory may well have been greater. But alas, we’ll never know. The Panthers ought to consider themselves extremely lucky . As the Eagles starting quarterback , Donovan McNabb suffered an injury during the game and was somewhat impaired as to his performance.
Delhomme may well be blamed for his team’s anemic offensive output. But the team’s defense left a great deal to be desired. And there too, a measure of blame can be apportioned. But it’d be remiss to think that the coaching staff isn’t to be blamed, as well. And for Carolina Panthers’ coach, John Fox, one has to now start , to question his decision making and strategies as a coach. His counterpart, Andy Reid could only watch in amazement, as his team, shredded the Panthers on both sides of the ball. Fox for his part can’t be at all enamored with what he has by way of a backup on his bench as a substitute for Delhomme. He has an eight year veteran in Josh McCown and a third year player in Matt Moore.Their resume`s combined wouldn’t enthrall anyone when you look closely at their career stats. A total of 57 games represents their entire careers in terms of their participation within the NFL as active players, on the field of play.
The troubling thing for Fox and his team, seems to be whether or not a change is necessary with regard to the quarterback position. Throwing in either player into the ring at this juncture is by no means a guarantee of ensuing success. But at the same time is it still beneficial to the team in sticking with a player who if anything , his confidence is shot to hell . It’s not as if we’ve not seen Delhomme seemingly repeatedly give one sub-par performance and then all of a sudden then has one stellar performance. Only then to fall back into the abyss of mediocrity. Fox has let it be known that for the time being he’s prepared to stick with Delhomme, come what may. That being said , it wouldn’t at all surprise me , if he were to start to make inquiries about the recently released Jeff Garcia. He couldn’t do any worse , than his present predicament now places him in.
Courtesy of NFL.com and AP :
NFL.com Wire Reports
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme was pulled after a miserable performance in Sunday’s 38-10 season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles left him with 11 turnovers in the past two meaningful games.
But Delhomme will have a chance to redeem himself.
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Panthers coach John Fox said after the game that Delhomme will return as the starter next week after throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble in less than three quarters against the Eagles. With Philadelphia leading 38-10, Fox replaced Delhomme with Josh McCown, leading to a loud cheer from the Carolina crowd. Delhomme was 7 of 17 for 73 yards. His fumble was returned for a touchdown.
“Obviously, I think we start back with Jake,” Fox said. “We’ve got to go back and evaluate what happened to us. Without watching the tape, I don’t think it was all Jake’s fault.”
McCown later left with an injury and was replaced by third-stringer Matt Moore. Fox said McCown suffered knee and foot sprains, but the coach didn’t have any other information.
Delhomme said he wasn’t surprised that Fox made the change.
“No, I mean, I wasn’t getting anything going for us,” Delhomme said. “It was frustrating. It started on the first drive, and it went downhill from there. … I’m not blaming anyone. It just wasn’t good.”
Delhomme threw five interceptions and lost a fumble in Carolina’s 33-13 playoff loss to Arizona in January. Three months later, he received a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension that included $20 million in guaranteed money.
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