Panthers QB Jake Delhomme made it clear Thursday he wanted no part of any “fresh start” talk, that his priority was coming back here to clean up the mess he made.
“The one thing I’m not looking for is, ‘Oh gosh, a fresh start and go somewhere (else) to play,’” he said. “That’s not in my thought process at all. It’s about coming back and going to work. That’s how I look at it.
“There is nothing inside of me that says let’s try to start over someplace. Absolutely not. Not even remotely close.”
Delhomme said he’s received no indication from the team about his future beyond this season, but was defiant when asked if he thought he was still qualified to be a starter.
“I wouldn’t say anything else,” he replied. “But I always felt like I’m a realist about a lot of things. Yeah, we’ll just leave it at that.”
He shrugged when asked if it was going to be hard for the team to invest such faith in him, given the way his season went.
“It all depends on the powers that be, what they decide,” Delhomme said. “But I think they look at the whole body of work. I think they look at practice and I think we do a good enough job of knowing when it’s time and it’s not time for certain players.
“We’ll just let that play out when it has to play out.”