For the first time in his career here, Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme sounded like a broken man Sunday night.
"I mean, in my heart, yeah," Delhomme replied when asked if he felt he deserved to keep his job. "But let’s be honest. I don’t think I’m a dummy. When you’re not playing well offensively, you always have to look at the quarterback. I don’t think there’s any doubt.
"I’m certainly not looking to give it up by any means, by any stretch of the imagination. But let’s be real here. Two big turnovers today really affected us."
Panthers coach John Fox wouldn't say whether he intended to stick with Delhomme or not.
"We're going to evaluate it, and whatever changes we need to make we'll make," Fox said.
A number of teammates again rallied to his defense, with left tackle Jordan Gross in particular saying he believed Delhomme had earned the right to lead the team into Arizona next week.
Gross called changing quarterbacks a "break glass, pull handle kinda move," and kicker John Kasay said he'd apologize to Delhomme for missing a pair of early field goals.
But Sunday, for perhaps the first time, Delhomme failed to walk off the podium poised for a fight.
He walked off the field with his head down, and admitted he was "numb," after the stunning loss, in which the Panthers outgained Buffalo 425-167.
"It's disappointing," Delhomme said. "It's crushing."