Fox: Delhomme remains starter

September, 14, 2009
9/14/09
1:18
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

John Fox faced the media a little bit ago and said about what you would expect him to say about Carolina’s quarterback situation.

Jake Delhomme remains the starter. Did you really expect Fox to say anything else?

As bad as Delhomme was on Sunday (and in that playoff loss to Arizona), Fox really doesn’t have another option at quarterback. Backup Josh McCown is hurt and the Panthers aren’t ready to give up on Delhomme and hand off their season to third-stringer Matt Moore – just yet.

But this can’t go on forever. If Delhomme continues to be a turnover machine Sunday in Atlanta, Fox is going to have to make a critical decision. The Panthers still are sorting out the severity of McCown’s injury and Fox said not to rule out the possibility of adding another quarterback.

If Fox even acknowledges that possibility, I think there’s a pretty good chance the Panthers will add another quarterback. Guys like Jeff Garcia, Joey Harrington and Brian Griese are out there. So is the retired Vinny Testaverde, who is about 72, but started for the Panthers for much of 2007. I think Rodney Peete might be available, too. And don't forget Chris Weinke.

But Garcia, Harrington and Griese would seem like the most realistic possibilities at this point. It’s not realistic to imagine any one of them coming in and taking Delhomme’s job before Sunday. But if Delhomme gives that job away against the Falcons, you could see major change in Carolina.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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