Optimyst Jan 14, 10:51 a.m.
Matt is good. Is Matt great? Not yet. Maybe he can be. I watched some of the NFL highlights that isolated on him and here is what I think I see. He does not telegraph his intentions, but a lot of times he hides it by looking at the back he is faking to in play action and looking at his protection, not surveying the field. He starts into his throwing motion before finally looking to see if the receiver is open at which point he either fires it to them or places it harmlessly out of reach. Rarely does he bring it back down and look for another receiver. Most of the time when he hits what appears to be a secondary receiver it is because he is looking at inadequate protection and decides to dump it off because he may not have time for the called play to develop. A very large percentage of his completions appear to be (I obviously can't be sure) to the primary receiver. Don't get me wrong; this is way more effective than staring at Smitty from the snap to see if one of the guys doing triple coverage will drop off so you can throw into "just" double coverage. But when the protection is good or he rolls out and has time but the primary is covered he throws it away nearly every time. There is some good news in this. He does most of the things a great QB does, maybe not as well as he has to if he is to become a great one but at least he has the basics. Not looking at his primary is huge. He might dump off a little more than he should. That's always a tough call. Making that decision will result in a completion most of the time and a gain much of the time, but on 3rd and long you are not likely to get the first down. He has good feet, but every roll out I have seen looked like it was a called play, not improvised.
mrh2008 Jan 7, 6:53 p.m.
I am a CAROLINA PANTHERS FAN..AND I HAVE BACKED JAKE DELHOMME EVERY GAME..BUT 2010 SEASON CAROLINAS BEST INTEREST IS STARTING MATT MOORE....MAYBE THEN WE WILL BE A 16-0 TEAM....(WISHING AND HOPING)..LETS GO MATT MOORE AND THE PANTHERS
bigheel2k Jan 3, 2:00 p.m.
On every thread on the Panther forum, someone has said "trade Peppers for a 1st round pick and get a QB" Peppers is an unrestricted free agent!!! The only way we get anything for Peppers is if we franchise him again. Then you run into the same problem that we had last off season after we franchised him, no one will take on his 16 million dollar contract. We will either have to franchise him and pay him another 16-17 million for next year or lose him via free agency and get nothing. Accept it and move on people.
RoyzDaMan Jan 2, 5:22 p.m.
Another brilliant post by eddienorwoodcba! #1, Jake was 100% healthy a few months back when he was doing nothing but throwing interceptions. #2, There is not a single team in the NFL that would trade for Jake Delhomme! He makes too much money, and is worthless! #3, Jake Delhomme and Brett Favre are NOTHING ALIKE! "Letting Favre go" was the right thing to do for Green Bay then and letting Delhomme go would be the right thing for Carolina now!
I don't know if Matt Moore is the answer. So far he has seemed very good! I think they should trade Peppers for a 1st round pick and select a QB. Keep Matt Moore as the starter. Keep Delhomme(b/c they have no choice, unless he retires) and like davidvanwagener said, let Delhomme help develop Moore and "the new guy"
davidvanwagener Dec 31, 10:19 p.m.
Fox isn't the first solid or better coach to stand by a QB clearly past his prime. I can think of Joe Gibbs with Joe Theismann. The only thing that got Theismann out was that gruesome injury on Monday night and at the time he could barely get the ball downfield 30 yards. I still think Fox is a solid coach, but I definitely agree it's time for Delhomme to become the mentoring veteran QB rather than the starter. I don't know if that's in his makeup though. He seems pretty competitive to me and it's tough to put yourself in the background when you're like that.
The Dire_Wolf Dec 30, 10:21 p.m.
Please don't tell me you are putting Delhomme and Favre in the same sentence. Jake is not even in the same league as Favre and should be a back up at best. If Jake ends up as a starter next year for the Panthers I will refuse to watch any Panthers game till the entire staff is fired. The only mistake Green Bay made was not allowing Favre to leave and sign with anyone. It was an ugly situation but Rogers is a better QB than Favre at this point.
gearstickk Dec 30, 7:11 p.m.
If I was the coach.Matt would get the starting position as long as he kept taking the team to the locker room with a W.Thats the name of the game.I would wait for Jake to get 100% healthy before any consideration to play.I would not trade him because he is still too good to let go.Green Bay learned there lesson on the subject with Favre.What a major mistake letting him go.
shepherdofwolves Dec 30, 6:52 p.m.
Maybe Moore leads us to victory against the Saints, leading to Fox saying Moore and Delhomme will battle for the starting job next summer. And then maybe Jake says something dumb like "I want to be traded." And then we release him because no one would be dumb enough to take him. Except the Raiders. Think we could get Asomugha?
The Dire_Wolf Dec 29, 9:02 a.m.
Couldn't agree more. I hate to say it but I would not be surprised to see Delhomme find his way into the starting spot next season. Fox can be incredibly hard headed.
hubie212 Dec 29, 7:40 a.m.
The thing that stands out to me is that you have an unproven, untested QB who is clearly performing better than the millions added off-season Delhomme, and Fox would still be starting Delhomme were he not injured. Personally, I think Fox's good days with the Panthers are well behind him.
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