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Jake Delhomme in demand as QB mentor?

Posted on: June 11, 2011 5:37 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

For having settled comfortably into the twilight of his career, quarterback Jake Delhomme sure is popular. Pretty much everybody was shocked when the Browns paid Delhomme $7 million to be their starter in 2010. Injuries and lack of ability eventually landed him on the bench, where he was much more valuable as rookie Colt McCoy's mentor.

And it's his relationship with young quarterbacks that makes Delhomme marketable, even after his quarterbackin' skills have long since deserted him. The Denver Post's Mike Klis suggested last week that Delhomme would be a great fit with the Broncos and Tim Tebow.

Upon hearing that Delhomme's days in Cleveland could be numbered, former Panthers teammate Ryan Kalil took to Twitter to make the case that Carolina should re-sign him.

“Dear Marty Hurney, (slow chant) bring him back..bring him back..bring him back…BRING HIM BACK!” Kalil continued. “‘We’ve got to talk about where we want to head as far as the veteran back up is concerned.’ – Ron Rivera #BringJakeBack”

The Charlotte Observer's Darin Grantt notes that "Kalil jokes around a lot," before adding: "But if Delhomme was available, there would be a groundswell in the locker room to bring him back to Charlotte."

The lesson: don't burn bridges on your way out the door.

Delhomme makes sense in Carolina. The Panther drafted Cam Newton and he's going to need help transitioning to the NFL (while we're on the subject, Jimmy Clausen could use a confidant, too). Delhomme shows a knack for working with inexperienced, wide-eyes QBs, and he doesn't seem preoccupied with ever being a starter again. Basically, he's a coach who gets to wear a uniform on Sundays.

Rotoworld warns that Delhomme makes sense as a mentor, "but there's no way they could put him on the field." Well, they could. Not because Delhomme should be out there, but it's not like we're talking about the New England Patriots. The Panthers had the first overall pick for a reason: they were 2-14 in 2010. If, god forbid, Clausen and Newton get hurt and Delhomme has to play for a few weeks, what's the worst that can happen? Carolina loses two or three games? Big whoop -- they had two separate five-game losing streaks last year.

On the other hand, if Delhomme's presence accelerates Newton's growth as an NFL quarterback, then the growing pains will be worth it.

Then again, if Delhomme is the missing piece to a successful offense, the Browns not only should keep him, they should give him a raise.

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Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Jake Delhomme in demand as QB mentor?

Last season, Delhomme did well in the preseason. He did what he was supposed to and made some great throws when needed. Then, against Tampa Bay, he was injured. He then was re-injured in a game against Atlanata when he wasn't supposed to see the field. He wasn't at his best in the regular season. Perhaps if he rested a year, he would be more effective on the field as a quality backup to a young player.

Delhomme did a marvelous job with Colt McCoy, driving him to practice and spending quality time teaching him. Delhomme football IQ is underated. He has the smarts and can definetely teach well, but his skills and arm are declining. I think Carolina, Arizona or Miami are possible landing teams.



Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Jake Delhomme in demand as QB mentor?

Last season, Delhomme did well in the preseason. He did what he was supposed to and made some great throws when needed. Then, against Tampa Bay, he was injured. He then was re-injured in a game against Atlanata when he wasn't supposed to see the field. He wasn't at his best in the regular season. Perhaps if he rested a year, he would be more effective on the field as a quality backup to a young player.

Delhomme did a marvelous job with Colt McCoy, driving him to practice and spending quality time teaching him. Delhomme football IQ is underated. He has the smarts and can definetely teach well, but his skills and arm are declining. I think Carolina, Arizona or Miami are possible landing teams.



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 7:03 am
 

Jake Delhomme in demand as QB mentor?

OK here's a novel idea - maybe Delhomme should be a QB coach rather than tie up a valuable roster spot and burn up salary cap(provied there is one in the new CBA)

The past couple of hears have shown us that ake is done -why even risk putting an old man out there?  He just doesn't have it any more and it just puts him at risk to get injured.  Heck if Calusen and Newton went down I suspect the Panthers would be looking for another back up who would go in before jake anyway!

But I could see the Vikings picking him up.  they need a Vet to Mentor their draft choice and their cupboard is bare.  Of course maybe they bring in Bret to mentor their Youngn!


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