We’re anticipating a lot of talk about starting quarterbacks around the league today. In Buffalo, coach Dick Jauron already announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his second consecutive start for the Bills over Trent Edwards, who has been cleared to practice but ruled out in terms of playing this week.
Panthers coach John Fox just finished his Monday news conference, reiterating he has yet to decide whether Jake Delhomme will remain the team’s starting quarterback this week against the Cardinals. Fox indicated he doesn’t believe Delhomme is the lone problem for the Panthers’ passing game, but the coach also wouldn’t commit that it’s the veteran’s job to lose in practice this week.
“I still believe Jake’s our best quarterback,” Fox said. “I have no reason to believe otherwise, truth be told. But, collectively, we’ll do whatever it takes for us to improve. What that is, I can’t honestly tell you at this second. That’s the best I can answer it.”
Delhomme continued to be plagued by turnovers in Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the Bills, throwing three more interceptions to push his league-leading total to 13. He has completed 59.9 percent of his passes this season for 1,172 yards, with four touchdowns, for a 56.5 rating.
The Panthers’ other options behind Delhomme are third-year pro Matt Moore and veteran A.J. Feeley, who was signed in the second week of the season.
Delhomme’s job isn’t the only one hanging in the balance. 49ers starter Shaun Hill was benched in favor of Alex Smith against the Texans, and Raiders starter JaMarcus Russell was pulled in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, although coach Tom Cable has said Russell will remain No. 1.