After watching the tape, Panthers head coach John Fox isn’t ready to place the full blame of QB Jake Delhomme’s performance Sunday — which included four interceptions and a fumble — solely on the quarterback. He’s also not ready to make a change, reiterating his stance from yesterday that Delhomme will remain the starter.
Fox said during his Monday press conference that Delhomme’s stat line was a byproduct of problems throughout the passing game.
“I think it’s definitely true, and after watching every play on the tape, it’s not just Jake. We didn’t execute well in the passing game,” Fox said. “The quarterback is easy to blame, but it’s not always accurate.”
When asked how much job security Delhomme had, Fox paused before giving a contemplated answer.
“Probably like the security of all of us. Day to day,” Fox said.
As a follow up question, it was asked of Fox how much Delhomme’s job security had changed given his outing Sunday, which left him with 11 turnovers in his last two meaning full games.
“In this game, it’s what have you done for me lately,” Fox answered. “But that’s true of all positions. I want to clarify that.”
Reading inbetween the lines, it appears Delhomme’s job is safe — for now. But the operative words appear to be “for now.” While Delhomme will be back, the prognosis for his backup, Josh McCown, is less clear. Fox said McCown’s injury — described as knee and foot sprains — hadn’t changed, and he didn’t know if McCown would be able to play Sunday against the Falcons. Fox wouldn’t commit to bringing in another quarterback this week if McCown can’t play, saying it might be a possibility the team could go with two quarterbacks.