-- Set Jake Delhomme aside for the moment, if there's a QB decision the Panthers have really screwed up in the last calendar year, it was putting backup Josh McCown on injured reserve after the opener with a sprained foot.
McCown's fine now, and could have played in Arizona (or probably Tampa).
But they panicked, they were afraid of what would happen with only Matt Moore in the short term, and signed A.J. Feeley.
McCown's a good, solid player -- the exact kind of quarterback they need right now. Delhomme used to be one. He hasn't been lately.
-- It's easy to take a few whacks at Delhomme. But say this about the guy, he's always accountable. Think it's par for the course, or easy? It's not.
Get a load of this one from Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell, deflecting blame after a 38-0 loss to the Jets, in which he was 6-of-11 for 61 yards, two interceptions and a fumble.
"I don't think it's me personally, I really don't," Russell said. "It's a bad combination of one guy doesn't do something right one time. Personally, I don't think so.
Well, JaMarcus, you did have something to do with it.
-- Lost in the chaos of yesterday's stunning loss were a few late injuries. TE Dante Rosario and FS Charles Godfrey weren't able to finish. We may hear more today, though John Fox will try to do the old "we'll know more on Wednesday," routine.
Rosario walked off the field, while Godfrey was getting some help, not putting much weight on his injured ankle.
-- We'll have more for you later on the Panthers, after we talk to Fox. I can't imagine he can get through today without some sort of declaration.
If he's benching Delhomme, he needs to rip that Band-aid off quickly, no use letting him wallow in a week of public uncertainty.
If he's sticking with his guy, he needs to say so in forceful terms.
Fox hates straight answers more than anything, but today, something's got to be clear, one way or another.
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