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Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme: Heady Prediction or Knee-Jerk Reaction?
by TAB BAMFORD  TAB BAMFORDSenior Writer, Featured Columnist

If you were the Panthers GM, would you give Jeff Garcia a call soon?

Yes, Delhomme is miserable  Yes, but to back Delhomme up (for now)  Let's wait and see how the next couple weeks go  No, this is a stupid knee-jerk reaction  vote to see results Until Jay Cutler didn't show up in prime time, the No. 1 goat from Week One of the NFL season was Carolina signal caller Jake Delhomme.

Delhomme, against a good Philadelphia defense, looked miserably bad. His timing was bad, but his decision making was worse. In all, he ended the day with five turnovers (four picks and one fumble lost).

In fact, he was replaced twice in the game.

So where do the Panthers go from here? Their defense got destroyed by the Eagles, but it didn't get any help from the offense. That doesn't mean the weapons aren't there for this team to be successful.

Steve Smith is still an All-Pro receiver. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are still one of the better running back tandems in the league. And Muhsin Muhammad is still a quality possession receiver.

The cupboard is certainly not bare.

But Delhomme has been questioned a number of times in the last couple years. As he said in his post-game comments, when it's good, it's really good, and when it's bad, it's awful.

Sunday, Delhomme was awful.

There's a problem with Delhomme performing poorly, though. This is a big season for the Panthers. Franchise player (both in contract and the eyes of many fans) Julius Peppers has only this year left on his contract and wants to play for a competitive team. Also, the window for success with Muhammad and Smith isn't getting bigger.

Which is why my first prediction from the Knee-Jerk Reaction Department is that Jeff Garcia will be the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers by Week Six of this season.

The next two weeks won't get any easier for Delhomme. He gets to travel to both Atlanta and Dallas before the Panthers have their bye in Week Four.

Delhomme might need a break before then.

Garcia has been a solid veteran for a handful of franchises over the last decade and has been a good game-managing quarterback for years. Frankly, he's a professional "Just Don't Screw Up" quarterback at its best.

Which is precisely what the Panthers need, and Garcia happens to be available.

There's a good chance that, after Donovan McNabb got hurt and Delhomme looked as bad as he did, a phone from somewhere in the stadium called Garcia on Sunday already.

For my money, Carolina and Garcia could be a perfect marriage. He's athletic enough to make up for some issues with the offensive line and has a track record that would indicated he won't make the deal-breaking mistakes that Delhomme has recently.

Maybe it's just a knee-jerk reaction. Maybe it's a bold prediction. Either way, I think Jeff Garcia could, and should, start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers this year.

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Danger
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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

Knee-jerk reaction.

I don't think Garcia would work well with us.  From watching the monday night game against them last year, he didn't seem to be able to work too well against pressure either (happy feet).  That mixed with the bucs going down in flames at the end of last year, though, that probably wasn't all his fault.

I don't know who else is available if we even need to pick up a QB, but I think that Garcia is not the answer we're looking for at QB.


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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

He certainly couldn't do any worse than Gohomme.  The Panthers are out of options now that the season has started.  In addition Garcia is a vested veteran so he can be cut and none of his salary will be guarenteed since the season has already started.  Whats it going to hurt to put McCown on IR and sign Garcia?  He is much more capable and proven than McCown or Moore.

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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

A. Knee jerk reaction...

B. To day our D got destroyed is not even close to the truth. The fact is it was the Eagle D that won that game for them it wan not their Offense.

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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

Garcia has played his entire career in a west coast offense and is pretty darn good at it, but he is not a fit for our style of play.  Moore is probably our best option.


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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

I gotta say that Moore is our best option if we abandoning Moore.  He gets 1 more week to prove the world wrong.  At that point it is either Moore or bust for the season, in my opinion.


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Re: Jeff Garcia to Replace Jake Delhomme?

IMO, the Panthers should put McClown on IR & sign Garcia now so he'll have 2 weeks to learn the playbook & they'll have a capable veteran backup. If Jake sucks again put him on the bench and let Moore play. If Moore doesn't play well, then they can start Garcia against Dallas. If Moore plays well, then the Panthers will have a veteran backup QB in Garcia.

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