Cleveland Browns: 5 Reasons Why Jake Delhomme Needs to Be Sent To the Sideline

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IDecember 13, 2010

Cleveland Browns: 5 Reasons Why Jake Delhomme Needs to Be Sent To The Sideline

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Jake Delhomme #17 and Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns call signals against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    The Cleveland Browns entered Buffalo in Week 14 expecting to build on what was turning into a solid season against one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

    Jake Delhomme was expected to move the ball efficiently and make smart decisions while halfback Peyton Hillis was supposed to run all over the last-ranked rushing defense in the entire league.

    Unfortunately for Delhomme, his end did not work out like it was supposed to on Sunday.

    Hillis turned out another 100-yard performance and looked poised to carry Cleveland to their third straight win of the season when the passing game seemed to nearly fall apart around him.

    All Browns fans could do was sit and watch as the Browns aerial attack seemed to revert to the lifeless form that had plagued them throughout the entire 2009 season.

    This type of offense only seems to turn its ugly head whenever Jake Delhomme is under center and many believe that it is his time to watch from the sidelines.

    Here are the top five reasons why Delhomme should not start another game for the Cleveland Browns.

No. 5: Interceptions

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    DETROIT - AUGUST 28:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Suh was called for a personal foul on the play for grabbing the f
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    Delhomme was originally signed by the Browns during the 2010 off-season because of his veteran experience and willingness to take on the role of mentor towards any young quarterback the Browns may happen to acquire.

    Now that the season is nearing its end, both of those younger quarterbacks have had more game experience and have played much more consistently then the 12-year veteran.

    Delhomme has now thrown seven interceptions on the year, many of which have come in key game-deciding situations.

    The Browns need a quarterback that can make good decisions with the football and give them opportunities to work a very good rushing attack.

    It is also worthy to note that Delhomme threw 18 interceptions during his final season in Carolina, one of the many stats that led the Panthers to releasing him.

No. 4: The Lack Of Mobility

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    For many quarterbacks in the NFL, a lack of being able to move around the pocket and escape when it collapses can be the difference between a Hall of Fame career and a one-year wipeout.

    Delhomme has shown time and time again that he simply cannot find ways to escape when the pressure on him builds and that has not only hurt the team, but also himself.

    Although Delhomme does not have many sacks piled against him, Jake has been forced to make many poor throws under pressure and has also made throws that have resulted in interceptions.

No.3: The Faith Of The Fans

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after their game against the Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    Make no mistake about it, if you are an athlete playing within a Cleveland sports franchise, you better play well or you will be sure to hear about it.

    Delhomme had high hopes of turning his career around when he came to Cleveland and really has done nothing but disappoint.

    The Browns fans also were optimistic that maybe Delhomme's poor play was a thing of the past but soon came back to earth after he took the field during the second half of the Browns Week 5 matchup against the Falcons.

    That game was again decided on a poorly thrown Delhomme pass which resulted in an interception returned for a touchdown.

    Whether it was the costly sacks, poorly thrown passes, or costly interceptions, many fans do not want to see Delhomme playing quarterback for the Cleveland Browns any longer.

No. 2: Seneca Wallace

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns passes against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Browns at the half 14-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Seneca Wallace played well given the limited opportunities that he was handed earlier in the season.

    Wallace showed great mobility in the pocket and also showed the ability to be able to make space and find the open receivers.

    Delhomme has had close to equal opportunities to run the Browns offense as Wallace and has simply not performed as well.

    With Wallace playing equally as well, if not better, is easy to see why Wallace could make a case for the starting job while Colt McCoy continues to recover from a high ankle sprain.

    In Wallace's four starts this season, Seneca has thrown for four touchdowns and nearly 700 yards.

No.1: Colt McCoy

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Colt McCoy #12  of the Cleveland Browns leads the team out of the tunnel during a game agaisnt the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 21, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Colt McCoy took the Cleveland Browns organization by storm after he was named the starter for the Week 6 rivalry game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    McCoy made many throws on the run and made very good decisions while leading the Browns to victories over the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

    McCoy has solidified himself as the starter of the future and whenever the time comes that he is healthy enough to resume the starting position, it is widely believed that Delhomme will be benched in favor of him.

    McCoy was slated as the No. 3 quarterback against the Buffalo Bills so it seems that every week he is getting closer and closer to becoming game-ready.