You aren't giving Jake the respect he earned early on....go back and read the list of guys you just named as better. That is comical.
Jake's best individual in the NFL....Smitty didn't play. I don't buy Smith made Jake. Did he help? Sure he did. What people never acknowledge is Jake's style of play also aided Smith. Jake was an aggressive feed the stud type QB. Saw it in 2004....even without Smith. Moose never had a year like that in his long career.
Jake was a damn good QB prior to Tommy John. He wasn't a Peyton Manning...he played the game the way Favre did.
It may have been a stretch, sure, but "comical", no. Culpepper had a better career passer rating, and Kitna wasn't that far off, though Kitna did throw for way more yards. Culpepper was definitely better in my opinion.
Bottom line is that no football aficionado will mistake Jake Delhomme for an elite QB, and his stats belie that point, while Smitty is arguably a HOFER. No one except Panthers fans even really respected Delhomme as anything more than a glorified back-up, while Smitty was, and still is, known league wide for being a guy that you always have to account for on every single down. Delhomme was a game manager, while Smitty has always been a game-breaker.