January 15, 2004 |
If you want to characterize the quarterbacks left in this NFL postseason as the Fab Four, then certainly Jake Delhomme is Ringo. Self-effacing, willing to stay in the background, aware that he's not as gifted as better-known counterparts Donovan McNabb, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Delhomme has traveled a long and winding road to get to this conference-championship Sunday. A nowhere man in NFL Europe as recently as 1999, an obscure backup to Rodney Peete when this Panthers season began, the 29-year-old quarterback suddenly is the man who's going to have to carry that weight for Carolina's offense against an aggressive Eagles defense Sunday night.
September 17, 2007
Most points, 18: Steve Smith, Panthers. Longest field goal, 52 yards: Neil Rackers, Cardinals. Most yards passing, 401: Carson Palmer, Bengals. Longest touchdown pass, 74 yards: Jake Delhomme to Steve Smith, Panthers. Most receptions, 11 : Chad Johnson, Bengals. Most yards receiving, 209: Johnson. Most interceptions, 2: Anthony Henry, Cowboys. Most yards rushing, 215 (28 attempts): Jamal Lewis, Browns. Longest rush, 66 yards: Lewis.
January 19, 2004 |
The Carolina Panthers made known their intention to run the ball before the first snap from scrimmage last night when they lined up in that venerable formation from the 1960s, the full-house backfield. And run they did. They proceeded to batter the Eagles defense with six straight running plays, each apparently taken from a 1968 Woody Hayes playbook, before Jake Delhomme, the Carolina quarterback, threw his first pass, a 7-yard lob to Steve Smith. For the game, the Panthers ran the ball 40 times and threw only 14 passes.
September 11, 2009
I THINK there's a good chance the Eagles will be a better team than the Panthers by the end of the season. The game, however, seems to be scheduled for this week. I was leaning hard toward the Panthers even before yesterday's Shawn Andrews/Jon Runyan follies. Yesterday pretty much clinched it for me. I didn't get a strong "taking this in stride" vibe from anybody. The middle of the defense might be a bigger problem right now than the offensive line. "We certainly understand where teams want to attack us," new defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said yesterday.
September 12, 2008
Thumbs Down I To the perennially awful Detroit Lions, who teased their fans with a 4-0 preseason and then came out last week and fell on their faces against the Falcons. Yes, the same Falcons that won just four games last season and started a rookie quarterback (Matt Ryan) in Week 1. The Lions were down 21-0 before the game was 12 minutes old. Thumbs Down II To the Raiders' Pro Bowl corner, DeAngelo Hall, who got absolutely undressed Monday night by Broncos rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal in a 41-14 loss.
September 13, 2008 |
Mr. Matt Cassel, meet Mr. Favre It's QB Saturday, so here is your look at quarterbacks who merit close attention tomorrow: 1. Matt Cassel, Patriots. This fellow was solid in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, but the pressure will be turned up to super high with the Jets and Fabulous Favre across the field. An added spice is that this will be Cassel's first start since high school. Hope he remembers to run out with the first-team offense. 2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers. Favre's replacement did just dandy Monday night against the hated Vikes, but he'll be on the hot seat every week until Favre finally retires in 2030.
October 9, 2003 |
When the 2003 NFL schedule came out, a legion of Eagles fans undoubtedly were pleased to see it included a Nov. 30 matchup with the Carolina Panthers, a so-so team that struggled to a 7-9 record last season. A cinch victory for Andy Reid and his lads, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not. The so-so Panthers of 2002 are an unbeaten, division-leading Super Bowl contender in 2003. They have stormed to four straight victories with a remarkable rushing attack that has averaged 167.8 yards per game.
September 14, 2009 |
CHARLOTTE - Jake Delhomme did what he always does after a terrible performance. He took a seat at the front of the interview room, said, "All right, guys," and answered every question that came his way. He didn't roll his eyes or shake his head to indicate that a query was foolish or unworthy. Only when the media finished did he stand up to walk away. I wonder how different the media, and fans, would treat him if he were a bad guy. Delhomme has never been a great passer, although he has been a good passer.
January 16, 2004 |
Carolina's Stephen Davis sat out another practice yesterday, and Panthers coach John Fox said a final decision on his star running back would not be revealed until shortly before Sunday's NFC championship in Philadelphia. Fox said today was the "target date" for the return of Davis, who injured his left quadriceps muscle in Saturday's playoff win at St. Louis. However, even if the back can't work out, Fox said, he won't be ruled out against the Eagles. "I wouldn't back myself into a corner that way," Fox said.
December 1, 2006 |
After the Carolina Panthers made it to the NFC title game last season, they were trendy preseason Super Bowl picks this year. But Carolina has been a major disappointment, much like the team it will play Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. Still, if the playoffs were to begin today, the 6-5 Panthers would earn a postseason berth, which is more than the 5-6 Eagles can say. Nonetheless, the Panthers are considered underachievers this season, and no one has come under more scrutiny than quarterback Jake Delhomme.