It's time to try and stamp out a persistent Carolina Panther rumor once and for all. I don't know why, but I keep getting calls and e-mails from people wondering if Jake Delhomme is married to a) someone in Jerry Richardson's family or b) someone in John Fox's family and that is why he keeps his starting job.
No and no. I don't know how this one ever got started, but it certainly has a life of its own. I got another call at the office from a fan just today about it as well as a couple of e-mails.
Delhomme is married to a Louisiana girl that he knew growing up. Her name is Keri. She's a very nice lady. Her family name is Melancon. She has nothing to do with any of the power structure in place at Carolina.
Now I understand why people keep trying to figure out why Jake Delhomme hasn't been benched yet. And I get why they keep asking me to some extent -- I called for Delhomme's benching, after all, in this recent column.
But there's no nepotism going on here. John Fox simply thinks Delhomme gives his team the best chance to win. It's a football decision, nothing more.