New Training Approach Could Improve QB Delhomme's Accuracy

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IMay 2, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers passes the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Charlotte Observer staff writer David Scott wrote in an entry in the Panthers Notebook that the Carolina Panthers' new quarterbacks coach, Rip Scherer, makes his quarterbacks throw passes into "targeted bags set in netting for passing accuracy drills".

According to the entry, the Panthers' old quarterbacks coach, Mike McCoy, made his QBs loft passes into a "stack of tires, or sometimes a barrel".  This training technique sounds like it was designed to help Delhomme drop passes over the top to star wideout Steve Smith on deep routes. Much of the Panthers' passing attack during McCoy's tenure with the team involved this kind of play calling.

The new training method used by Scherer is akin to throwing a football through a tire hanging from a tree by a rope, which is difficult.  The new challenge should help Delhomme improve his accuracy, which is his greatest weakness. 

In addition, the change may indicate a new approach to the team's passing offense.  Instead of lofting the ball in Smith's direction and relying on his athleticism to make plays, Delhomme could find himself making more short, safe, efficient throws to a variety of receivers.