Much of the offseason talk surrounded Julius Peppers, and it put a negative light on the whole team. Jake Delhomme is one more year removed from his Tommy John surgery, the offensive line and running game is outstanding, and expectations are low enough that few are counting on them to do well. Whenever that happens, the Panthers play well.
Sorry. I can't get the taste of that last game out of my mouth. That was as bad a game as I've seen a playoff quarterback play in years, and as much as I admire Jake Delhomme as a person and like him as a player, I'm going to have to see him play better than the guy who was just OK (59 percent completions, 206 passing yards a game) last year...
The Panthers just gave Jake Delhomme a 5-year, $42.5 million extension. Crazy, right? Well, think about it. The Panthers lost in the Doggone Playoff because Delhomme's son was kidnapped, so he had to throw the game. With this new money, Delhomme can actually offer the kidnappers cash instead of the promise of a fixed game.