Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jake would start for Browns

With Jake Delhomme visiting the Cleveland Browns in search of another job, the question is not whether he'll get one. Delhomme will be working somewhere in 2010 in the NFL.

The question is whether he will be a starter.

There are very few places you could say yes, but I would bet you Cleveland is one. The Browns' QB situation is a mess, as this article from the Cleveland paper notes. Noted QB guru Mike Holmgren is now the Browns team president and is going to overhaul the QB position. He already has started, in fact, releasing Derek Anderson and trading for former Seattle backup QB Seneca Wallace.

Brady Quinn is the embattled incumbent, but he may be on the trading block and is 3-9 in 12 career starts. Of course, Quinn has had very little help. But Jake in any year other than 2009 is better than Brady Quinn or Wallace, and I don't think 2010 is going to be a repeat of 2009 for the 35-year-old Delhomme. I think he's still got a little juice left. If only the Browns could get LeBron James to play tight end for them in the offseason, their offense might get a little better. Cleveland was dead last in the NFL in total yards per game in 2009.

Incidentally, my "Free Panthers//Delhomme book contest" remains open until Friday at 11 a.m. Read this blog entry for details if you want to enter.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course Jake would be a starter for the Browns and why wouldnt he be? He would be starting for the Panthers if not for scrub fan whiners. He still has a few good yrs left. There are starters and scrubs in anything.

There are sport writers who are starters like Fowler Sorensen and Wertz. Then there are scrubs like Chandler and Bonnell who suck and need to be cut.

Its all relative.

d-run said...

A few good years left? Did you guys not watch the games last year? The guy was the worst QB in the league besides Jamarcus Russel. I have good memories of Jake also, but quit kidding yourselfs. His career as a quality starter is over. He may become the starter for the Browns because they don't have any other options. If that is the case, I don't know who to feel more sorry for: Jake for having to play for having to end his career on a very down note playing for the Browns, or the Brown's fans for having Jake as their QB. I am leaning towards the fans.

Anonymous said...

Why would you think that Jake could start in a West Coast style offense? Jake is a pure pocket passer. Seneca Wallace was acquired by the Browns because he is at least familiar with the system.

Anonymous said...

Just what TANGIBLE work product has Jake Delhomme shown that he deserves to remain a starting QB in the NFL?
He's been scary at times in the years since the Super Bowl and from the Cardinals playoff game in '08, its been all downhill.
Jake may be the best guy in the world and I appreciate all he's done but for crying out loud his performance of the past season + 1was dragging the whole team into the abyss.
Can he play for the Browns? More than likely. That isn't saying a lot right now.

Ken D Laguna Niguel, CA said...

I hope that when Jake's career is over the Panthers sign him to have him retire a Panther. Love him or hate him, he is the best quarterback the Panthers have ever had and he was a passionate player and the face of the franchise. I wish Jake the best of luck and would like to see his number on the stadium one day.

Scott_has_lost_it said...

When are you gonna quit jock sniffing this bum Scott? He has ZERO shot to start for any NFL team, and you know it. He can't even find a buyer to pay him the league minimum. His next job should be and is going to be taking care of his horses and trying to live life post NFL. I wish him luck, but to think he can still play at the highest level is moronic.

MrPanther said...

Just because Jake my start for the Browns doesn't mean its the right move for them. Here's why....

Number 1 - We had one of the best running games in the NFL. Teams were stacking the box and Jake was STILL throwing interceptions in ONE-ON-ONE covereage.

Number 2 - Judging on his body of work last year, the guy was throwing some of the most inaccurate balls I have ever seen in my life. Behind recievers, over recievers, everywhere except to the recievers!

Number 3 - John Fox gave him chance after chance after chance to get out of his slump. He had ample oppurtunities to redeem himself from that Arizona debacle and he NEVER did.

Number 4 - Why on earth would a struggling franchise hire a 35 year old struggling QB.

Number 5 - He never had a ton of talent to begin with, but because of our strong running attacks, he wasn't asked to do anything but manage the game.....And he couldn't even do that in 2009!....And when was the last time Cleveland had a strong running attack?

If he does that, it will

Anonymous said...

Jake is still the best overall QB in the NFL regardless of what the losers say.

What the hell is a jock sniffer?... Damn perv. Prob likes Elton John and watches dancin dyke Ellen who cant dance.

qcdude said...

Why are we still talking about someone who isn't even on the Panthers roster any longer. Jake was never a great qb, he was good for our system. Stephen Davis helped hide his failures and Steve Smith bailed him out as a qb. I have a feeling he will be a qb on some team but I am glad it's not ours. I would take my chance with a young scrambler than an old stiff who never could move or had pocket awareness.

D said...

I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYONE ADDRESS THE QUESTION OF WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PANTHER'S FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO JAKE IF HE SIGNS WITH ANOTHER TEAM. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS. WHY WOULD HE WANT ANOTHER JOB WHEN HE CAN SIT ON THE SIDELINES FOR SEVERAL MORE YEARS AS A GUARANTEED MILLIONAIRE?

SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS, PLEASE.

THANKS,

PURR DURHAM

Poor-Browns said...

ANON 2:26, place the bong on the table, slowly walk away. You have had WAY too much.

William said...

Ironically enough, we play both the Browns and Bears next year...just sayin'...

prestonsc said...

lol...QCB is gonna be "discussing" this article in the 5 o'clock hour on the Primetime with the Packman Show on WFNZ...;-)

prestonsc said...

wow...you ain't lying are you POOR-BROWNS. That guy is totally drugged out! He'll follow Corey Haim pretty soon...;-)

prestonsc said...

To D...Here is the explanation I get if Jake signs with another team. The Panthers owe him 12Mil regardless if he signs or not. It’s an uncapped year, so the salary cap is irrelevant. Got that directly from Mark Packer on WFNZ.

Anonymous said...

the same people that think jake had a few years left in him , and that matt Moore is acutally NFL starter caliber talent are probally the same people who believe John kasay should handle all kickoffs.....

prestonsc said...

So you don't think Matt is starter caliber.....hmmm....what have you seen to make that brilliant statement....

Sportsdon said...

Everyone repeat after me, all together now.

Tommy John Surgery!

Why does everyone keep forgetting that he had this done, hasn't been the same since, and no other QB has had this surgery before. It's not a personal opinion it's fact.

Anonymous said...

Jake is a great player. I think he pulls the team together and I will never forget the intensity of his face as he plays football.

Anonymous said...

Jake..hah...Delhomme...HAHAHA...A STARTER....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...in the NFL......HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.


I needed a good chuckle this morning.

After sitting through the rainy meltdown against Arizona in the playoffs, then in a GroundHog Day repeat performance on opening day against Philly, I swore I wouldn't attend another game until he was gone.

Thankfully I can return next year and watch an NFL caliber QB lead the Panthers. I wouldn't wish Jake as a starter on my least favorite team...The Cowboys. Great guy, but he's toast.

Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

Hey dont mess with Wertz now. Hes still in mourning on the loss of his boy Knotts from Indy after a decade and the amazing run of 7 straight 4A state titles plus 108 consecutive wins national record for public schools. Knotts and Wertz were the duo for a couple decades going bmain ack to Dub dayz.
His boyz at Butler finally got one but small potatoes compared to the Indy dynasty Knotts built never to be equaled.
Major vacum in local CMS football upcoming.

Anonymous said...

Your column's quality Scott keeps steadily going down faster than home prices in Detroit. How could Jake start for the Browns?!! If Holmgrem brought Seneca Wallace is b/c he clearly wants Mangini to use a west coast offense system. I mean really, the stuff you've been writing as of late has been well pathetic? Yes, and your flip flopping has been worse than John Kerry's.

mcgeex said...

As a displaced Panthers fan living in Cleveland, I enjoy your posts, Scott. But this article whiffs badly. No way Holmgren signs Jake as a starter. This tam is rebuilding and he wants to find his QB of the future and let him grow.

Jake left town yesterday with the understanding the Browns were considering him ONLY as a backup. Jake's position was that he wants to be starter, but if he has to be a backup, he wants to be a backup for a contender and not a rebuilding team.

Look for Jake to land in New Orleans as Drew Brees' backup.

Jason said...

I think people were fooled by the record in the 2008 season and therefore didn't see that Jake's play was actually not that good throughout the entire season. People are under the impression that he suddenly got bad during the playoff game. NO. Jake's play was poor throughout the 2008 season, but the running game masked it. Remember the Oakland game in 2008? I knew then that there was something really wrong, but because of the bailing out by the run game and by the receivers, nobody seemed to notice that he was floating balls over the receivers much of the time even then.

Jake never fully recovered from that elbow injury. I am still a Jake fan and was his biggest supporter before 2008, but come on, the guy's elbow is blown. A blown elbow is also what got Beuerlein bounced from Carolina, and you can't be a starting qb in this league with a blown elbow. Jake deserves to have a statue next to Sam Mills' one day in my opinion, but it's time for him to go out gracefully.

Anonymous said...

The first thing I'll say is that some Panther fans have really, really short memories that only go back to the playoff game in 2008. That's sad.

Personally, I'd like to see Jake reunite with Mike McCoy in Denver. I think he would stand a chance to beat out Orton for the starting job. He'll get his confidence back and we could regret letting him go just like another form Panthers QB that left for Denver after being cut. Of course, how strange would that be? Twice cutting QBs that had been long time starters for us after giving them new contracts. Hopefully, if Jake does follow Beuerlein's footsteps out to Denver, when he retires, he follows Steve back to Charlotte to sign that one day contract and retire as a Panther.

Anonymous said...

It was Jake Delhomnes time to move on and had nothing to do with his performance that was not his fault but mostly a short WR named SSmith who even admitted he sucked.
Smith was one of the worse WR in the NFL and most interceps were due to being doubled or halfazz efforts or too short.

JD is a dream QB for any NFL team and will give 100% effort regardless whether his main WR or rest of team is slack or not. Peppers was halfazz most of the season as was Beason.

The raw is the Panthers generally suckazz and the epitomy of mediocrity and its not Fox or JDs fault. Its the whole organization top to bottom and more player changes needed. Run and kick game are fine though.