15 Minutes With Carolina Panthers Quarterback Jake Delhomme

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 08:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on December 8, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ever since he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl, I have been a strong supporter of quarterback Jake Delhomme.

He's performed well when needed, but he's also suffered in plays that left me thinking, "What in the world was that?"

Delhomme brings intangibles to the Panthers huddle, and that's probably what attracts me to him the most as a fan; his fiery competitive nature and leadership qualities are becoming in what I prefer in a quarterback.

Here are some questions for the Panthers' quarterback:

1. Coming off the most lopsided loss in Panthers postseason history, what has been your plan of attack to better your passing game and ball handling skills?

2. From a spectator's point of view, I found you're shouldering the entire blame for the loss a very noble and respectable gesture of sportsmanship. With the additions the Panthers have made to the coaching staff, how do you feel new quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer's techniques will help to improve your game?

3. Tell me what your typical game day preparations consist of. Do you do anything for luck, is there anything you do to ward off bad luck?

4. How does it feel to have proven yourself as an athlete, competitor, and leader; going from the NFL Europe, to backup quarterback with the Saints, and then starting quarterback for the Panthers?

5. The demands and challenges of the NFL are extreme. How do you mentally and physically prepare yourself during the regular season? How does that preparation differ during the offseason?

6. If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, who would you spend the day with?

7. What advice would you offer to the younger athletes who are still in college or preparing for college?

8. Do you feel that Carolina is where you were lead to play football? Is there a team you would have rather played for?

9. What makes the chemistry of this team more special than other teams you've been on?

10. How do you feel the Panthers will fare against their respective opponents this season, division and non-division?


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