In case you were wondering how committed the Panthers were to Jake Delhomme, you should no longer worry.
A panicky team, or a team looking for someone to challenge their starter, makes a different move than signing A.J. Feeley.
In fact, Feeley's signing tells me much more about their comfort level in Matt Moore than it does their comfort level with Delhomme. If they were confident Moore was a long-term answer, they'd have probably saved the money and promoted Hunter Cantwell from the practice squad, or just waited for Josh McCown to get well (6-to-8 weeks, I'm told).
Feeley's 32, with 15 career starts. He's played mostly in the West Coast offense though he's not really a West Coast quarterback (not mobile enough). Said to be a great teammate, a strong-armed and smart guy, but not an answer.
He even failed to generate the knee-jerk buzz of some of the more ridiculous suggestions I've heard lately, like the idea that Jeff Garcia or Gus Frerotte's a better option than Delhomme. My wife said: "Doesn't he kick?" and was comforted that she was only two letters off.
-- Everyone took turns sharing blame Monday, but let's face it, Delhomme had a big hand in this. He's in a slump. But not as much of one as his head coach, who offered up this assessment.
"It's like Tiger Woods doesn't win every tournament; (Roger) Federer doesn't win every tournament."
You respect Fox's tenacity backing his guy -- team employees up and down the food chain did all day Monday -- but that was lame.
Delhomme's last two games have been more John Daly and Anna Kournikova, which prompted some wiseacre to ask Fox if Woods have shot many back-to-back 90s lately.
"I'd have to go back and look that up," Fox replied. "I'm not going to argue with you, you're not always going to have a perfect game."
Fox's only salvation was that some guy named Juan Martin Del Potro beat Federer for the U.S. Open title Monday night. Woods missed the cut at the British and lost the PGA to a no-name, but his worst round of the year was a 75.
-- I dig the Monday doubleheader. Gives actual people with actual jobs the chance to see the end of an actual game.
And what a game. That Brady guy is OK.
Shame he wasn't available, huh?