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It is time for a change

I know a lot of fans get reactionary when their favorite team loses a winnable game. The first thing that is usually said is “fire the coach”, or “change the quarterback”, or some other outcry from the fanbase.

But, the fans of the Panthers have a legitimate beef with the way things are going in Charlotte at this point in the season. The Panthers had a chance to get back to .500 and back into the playoff hunt with a win against an inferior Bills team, but once again they were set back by the ineptitude of their starting quarterback.

Now, I am not a fan who goes off the deep end following a loss, and I’m not a fan who uses hyperbole to make my point. So, I am not going to say that Jake Delhomme is the worst quarterback in the league, because he isn’t (statistically). But, he is one of the worst. The chart below illustrates the 5 worst quarterbacks in the league, based on passer rating.

(These ratings do not include today’s games.)

Derek Anderson 40.6 35
Josh Johnson 50.9 34
JaMarcus Russell 51.0 33
Mark Sanchez 56.7 32
Jake Delhomme 56.8 31

As one can see, Delhomme is certainly poor at the quarterback position so far this season. So poor, in fact, that two of the four quarterbacks that have worse ratings than Delhomme are rookies, and the other two play for the two laughing-stocks of the NFL.

So what do these numbers and rankings mean? Apparently they don’t mean much to John Fox, because he is adamant in his desire to stick with Delhomme at quarterback. Obviously Fox doesn’t look at statistics, because if he did he would feel the need to make a change at the most important position on the offense.

And what has Delhomme brought to the table this season? Take a look at his stats below.

(These stats do not include today’s game against Buffalo.)

J. Delhomme 79 133 59.4 847 4 10

Clearly these are not statistics of a top-level quarterback in the NFL. If this were any other team, Delhomme would have been benched in favor of the backup. But why is Delhomme still the starting quarterback? What is it about Matt Moore that prevents him from getting a chance to lead the team?

At this point in the season, the Panthers must make a change before they are completely out of the playoff race. As it stands now they are a long shot to make the playoffs, but if they can get a some wins on the board over the next few weeks they can find themselves back in the hunt.

Unfortunately they will not be able to do that with Delhomme under center, and I believe that John Fox will realize that Delhomme was the wrong man for the job next season when he is watching the Panthers play on Sundays from his recliner at home.

  1. The BEEZE
    26 October 2009 at 2:37 AM

    Losing to the Bills…Yeah, It may be time for a change!

  2. Evan "McSpazz" Edwards
    26 October 2009 at 12:54 PM

    I feel your pain Brad. It's just like us in Chicago where Lovie Smith is so in "love" with his cover 2 scheme he can't see the light before his eyes that it has been figured out for awhile now.Nothing worse for fans than a coach that seemingly won't make a change. Not that it would make a immediate impact, but it could over time.

  3. bwsmith25
    26 October 2009 at 12:58 PM

    You're right Beeze — hell even the Browns beat the Bills.Evan, you're right. The most painful thing is knowing the coach won't make a change when one is needed. I'm not saying that Moore will be the next Tom Brady, but we will never know unless they give the kid a shot. The playoffs are just about out of the realm of possibility — it's time to see what we have for next season.

  4. LestersLegends
    26 October 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Sounds like the Vikings before this season. Just wouldn't change.When you are in the same conversation as JaMarcus Russell, it's time to look at the alternatives.

  5. bwsmith25
    26 October 2009 at 5:02 PM

    Lester — exactly. Even Russell was benched yesterday. I just don't get why Fox keeps sticking with Delhomme. He's got to see that it's not a fluke that Delhomme's playing as bad as he has been.Matt Moore could be the next Tom Brady, and he could be the next Joey Harrington — but the fans deserve to find out which one he will be before it's too late.

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