Delhomme Skating On Thin Ice

Charles BloomfieldContributor IJuly 30, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to a play 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)

Last season, Panthers QB Jake Delhomme played well enough to help lead the team to a 12-4 record, despite having 15 TDs and 12 interceptions. Most of his interceptions came from passes that he forced to Steve Smith. Delhomme also helped Carolina become 2008 NFC South Division Champs, including a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The NFC Divisional Playoff game against Arizona was a disaster. Delhomme was the man behind all the turnovers that Carolina created. He threw five interceptions and a lost fumble, which adds up to six turnovers. Fans could have stayed home to watch this game. Based on what I saw, the Cardinals were scoring from off Carolina's turnovers. Delhomme's poor performance could be compared to someone who played quarterback in a pick up game.

In the offseason, Delhomme signed a five-year contract extension worth $42.5 million, with $20 million guaranteed. Many fans were shocked and disappointed. In my opinion, I don't think Delhomme will last those five years. He may last for 2-3 years, but not five. Any other quarterback would not be given an extension, after a horrible playoff performance.

Delhomme seems to be the lucky guy that coach John Fox still believes in. Delhomme definitely must prove himself in 2009, which will be a tough season for Carolina. Overall, their schedule is rated the second-toughest in the league. This year, Delhomme needs to focus on making better decisions with the football.