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Jerome Bettis's column on SI

1. Someone needs to lose their job in Carolina. I was in Las Vegas for an event last weekend, and on Sunday I went to the best possible place to catch every game: a sportsbook. And of the nine games playing across those big screens early in the day, I couldn't keep my eye off one thing: Jake Delhomme. I saw a quarterback who should not be starting on any NFL team. The way he's played his past two games -- five interceptions against the Cardinals in the playoffs; four yesterday against the Eagles -- I have to think this guy is just done. Toast. And if Jake Delhomme is done, John Fox is going to get fired.

Fox saw that playoff game last year firsthand. He had an entire offseason to evaluate his passers. And he didn't take the necessary steps to ensure the franchise's success down the line. Whether it was a free agent -- Matt Cassell, Sage Rosenfels, Michael Vick -- or even a rookie in the draft, he didn't demand a quarterback to challenge Delhomme.

Instead, the Panthers gave Delhomme a five-year contract extension, and now they don't have anyone else who can compete for the position. Fox went through the whole darn depth chart yesterday and didn't see a positive thing from anyone.

To me, that all goes on the coach. Coaches live and die by their quarterbacks, and Fox is riding Jake Delhomme to his grave. If he wants to save his job, he ought to be looking for options, whether it be a veteran who got released in the preseason or someone in a trade. Maybe it's time to call Minnesota about one of its backups.

Look at the Panthers' schedule. They have the Cowboys, Redskins and Buccaneers coming up: three losable games. If they go 0-4, I would fire John Fox. He's stuck with Jake Delhomme, who has repeatedly shown that he's not an elite quarterback. He's provided himself no alternatives. Without a huge turnaround, I think this is the end of the road for John Fox.



Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/jerome_bettis/09/14/bus.stops/index.html#ixzz0RBj0g9K7


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Re: Jerome Bettis's column on SI

I'm surprised at Bettis. Does he not know that maybe it could be the owner or manager that wants to keep Jake? Does he think Roth is all that great for Pitt? I mean, he gots 2 rings but he's not THAT great. I never thought Bettis was that great either. He just put his head down and bowled over folk. If my head was 57 inches in circumference I could do that too.


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I feel like this is written at a worst case scenario POV.

However, it still is a sad state of affairs.


"This is blood for blood and by the gallon. These are the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothing days. They're back! There's no choice left. And I'm ready for war."

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1. Fox doesn't make rash decisions and I don't think that dropping Jake after the Playoffs was a good idea.  I, along with many others, did not believe that was the Jake we would get this season. 

2. Fox and Hurney are the reason we have our offensive unit.  Apart from Jake we are elite and beastly.

3.  There isn't another good option at this point and I don't really think that there was a good option in the off season.  Fox has said they would have taken Flacco or Ryan had they fallen to them.  Didn't happen and there wasn't another QB worth taking. 

4.  I'm pretty sure that Fox has this season to prove himself.  This was the wierdest offseason, and firing Fox in the middle of the season isn't gonna do jack to make us better.

5. This guy is a freaking idiot who is pushing the panic button way to early.  Delhomme may never have another game like that, or he might only play like that.  I would rather wait and find out.


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Re: Jerome Bettis's column on SI

We had two opportunities to get Flacco in round one.   The problem was we thought he would drop to round two.

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Re: Jerome Bettis's column on SI

We thought like idiots.


"This is blood for blood and by the gallon. These are the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothing days. They're back! There's no choice left. And I'm ready for war."

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I guess with him.  BUt that remains to be seen.

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