Monday, October 16, 2006

A Statement Win

The Panthers' typical slow start is but a distant memory now, and thanks to Jake Delhomme's performance yesterday in the Cats 23-21 win over the Ravens, the future looks pretty damn promising. All week, my Panthers email discussion group analyzed Delhomme's progress thus far. Who needs NFL Countdown when you have email and a group of unproductive friends in cubicle-dom? Here's what we had to say about Jake before his beasty, career-high game:

"I think the next three games, and the rest of the season for that matter, will depend on whether or not Jake lives up to his hype as one of the NFL's best QBs. He's been okay so far. Okay won't cut it in Baltimore and Cinncinatti."

"He is not going to live up to that hype. One of the best all timeplayoff QB's maybe, but definitely not one of the NFL's best all time. If our O Line can keep him protected, he can make good decisions and getthe ball to our playmakers...which makes him look damn good because Steve, Key, and Foster are ballers. However, with no protection he is exposed as an average quarterback."

"I'm pretty pleased he has only thrown one pick thus far. Granted, we really haven't played anyone, but if he can keep up the 4 to 1 ratio, it would be awesome. Jake always needs a few weeks into the season to get going, then he catches fire. See 2k4."

"He's not even top 5 this year."

"McNabb, the Mannings, Brady, Palmer, Brees, Brad Johnson, and Grossman all come to mind as better QB’s. That is just off the top of my head. I am sure there are probably a few more."

"Brad Johnson?"

"I am pleased as well. I just like Jake for what he is. A guy who can get the ball into our playmakers hands, has command and respect of the team, and a guy who loves a challenge."


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