Panthers GM Marty Hurney now may be looking for the receipt.
In his first regular-season performance since that five-pick, one-fumble disaster, the Ragin' Cajun almost upped the ante with a truly abysmal game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw four interceptions and lost a fumble -- in three quarters! - before being pulled in favor of Josh McCown(notes). The fumble was taken back for a touchdown by end Victor Abiamiri(notes), and the Eagles scored on three of the opportunities presented by Delhomme's picks.
His most successful play may have been the kneel-down to end the first half. Delhomme was 7-of-17 for 73 yards in this game, and he now has nine interceptions in his last 51 attempts. He wasn't the only culprit in the Panthers' loss - Carolina's linemen were too quick off the snap and allowed far too much penetration from the Philly defense - but there's no way Delhomme isn't the goat of this game, and deservedly so.
It's not that Delhomme's necessarily done; he had a decent season last year on a run-heavy team. But as two-game stretches go, this has to rank among the worst: 24 of 51 for 278 yards, one touchdown and nine picks. These are numbers we would generally attribute to Billy Joe Hobert or Dan Orlovsky(notes), not a guy who's been to a Super Bowl and two NFC Championship games.
What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is a-goin' on here?
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