Jake "Decline"; No More Chances For Delhomme

Chris Dela RosaContributor IMarch 5, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers reacts on the sidelines against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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After their loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 38 the Panthers have had trouble bouncing back.  In the seasons following, the Panthers were able to make the playoffs two times in six seasons.  They did their best two seasons following their super bowl loss to the Patriots when they made it to the NFC conference game against the Seattle Seahawks.  The result of the game was a 34-14 loss to Seattle.  Their most recent playoff appearance was after the 2008-09 season when they lost to the Arizona Cardinals 33-13 in the divisional round.

It certainly seems that Delhomme's troubles began after the Super Bowl loss after the 2003 season.  During the 2003 season Delhomme threw for 3,219 yards completing about 59 percent of his throws.  The following season Delhomme did more than replicate a good 2003 season.  With a chip on his shoulder from the letdown Delhomme went out and threw for a career high 3,886 yards, completing a career high 310 passes, 29 being touchdown passes and completing about 58 percent of his throws.  Even with the tremendous statistics, he was not able to lead Carolina to a playoff appearance.

Since then, Delhomme's stats have decreased due to some major bumps in the road.  During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, Delhomme missed an entire seasons worth of starts.  In 2006 he missed 13 and in 2007 missed 3.  In the 2008 season Delhomme was able to bounce back and have a 3000+ passing yard season and was able to play the entire season.  Although 2008 was a good season for Delhomme, he was not able to come close to duplicating the previous season.  Playing in 11 games Delhomme threw 8 touchdowns with a career high 18 interceptions (4 coming against Darelle Revis and the New York Jets).  This inconsistency has led the Panthers to release the former pro bowler.

With an uncapped off-season, it would seem as if Delhomme will be a target in this seasons free agent pool.  It is quite the opposite, this off-seasons targets include; former teammate Julius Peppers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Owens.  With teams looking to the draft for quarterbacks and planning on getting the big names like Peppers, Delhomme's future is a dim one.