We'll find out if the Jake Delhomme experiment works Sunday. But at least when he walks onto the field, he won't be worrying about his release point.
As we wrote this morning, the team has agreed to back off some of the tinkering with his mechanics. It's a tough call to make, especially since new QB coach Rip Scherer was brought here specifically to make Delhomme a better technical passer.
But there's something to be said here about pack mules and racehorses, and trying to turn one into another.
One teammate said yesterday that a little freedom of mind can't hurt the beleagured passer, pointing out how much better he is in two-minute situations than other points in the game.
Last week, he looked best late, when there was a what-the-heck drive which included him going deep for a few big chunks of yardage.
Delhomme works best when he's playing with a bit of seat-of-the-pants, what's-coming-next flair, and if he's not thinking about his drop-backs or his foot-placement or the angle of his arm on release, it can only help.
Because really, what's he going to do, get worse?
-- Time for Dwayne Jarrett to prove something.
The former second-round pick, who has 19 catches in 22 games over three seasons, figures to get his most extensive work this week if veteran Muhsin Muhamamd (knee) can't go.
At some point, they have to see if Jarrett is worth hanging onto. At 23 years old, it's probably too soon to roll him to the curb, but they're going to have to decide soon.
In practice, it looks like he can play. On game days, it's impossible to know, because he's been targeted five times all season.
Maybe the best thing would be to give Muhammad plenty of time to get well, because he's not getting open anyway.
Again, what's the worst that can happen, that the passing game will look worse?
-- In other accidental playmaker news, we should find out if TE Gary Barnidge is going to become the threat we were hearing about all summer. I doubt Dante Rosario's going to be ready, which will allow for some chances for Barnidge downfield. He caught three passes for 77 yards last week, the first receptions of his career.
-- In advocating for Jarrett and Barnidge, it might strike you as odd that I don't follow with the crowd that wants Matt Moore to play. Granted, I thought it best for Delhomme to get a week off the other day, but that's more of a mental health day suggestion than a regime change.
As goofy as it sounds, Delhomme is in fact the best option. LT Jordan Gross said it Sunday, that you spend entire springs, summers and training camps evaluating teams and stacking depth charts. To chunk those away in the fall doesn't make much sense.