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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Breaking down Delhomme's disaster

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

We all know Carolina's Jake Delhomme had a terrible game Saturday night in the loss to the Cardinals. Now, with lots of help from ESPN Stats & Information, let's look at just how bad it was and break it down.

Delhomme was dreadful in second-down situations.

Delhomme down-by-down breakdown

Comp Att Yds TD INT 1st Down Rating
1st 11 16 112 1 1 6 83.3
2nd 4 10 75 0 3 3 27.1
3rd 2 7 18 0 1 2 0.0
4th 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0

Next, let's remember that Delhomme didn't start off badly. He was effective in the first quarter, before Carolina's coaching staff -- for whatever reason -- decided to stay away from the running game and put the game in Delhomme's hands.

Delhomme by quarter

1st Qtr Last 3 Qtrs
Comp-Att 3-3 14-31
Yards 24 181
TD-Int 0-0 1-5
Passer rating 100.0 35.2

It didn't really matter if Delhomme was throwing short or long. He wasn't able to do either effectively.

Delhomme by distance thrown

Less than 10 yards 10 yards or more
Comp-Att 11-19 6-15
Yards 92 113
TD-Int 1-2 0-3
Passer rating 48.5 27.2

Finally, where Delhomme was throwing also tells an interesting tale. He was dismal going over the middle (gee, might it be time for the Panthers to get a real pass-catching tight end?) and three of his interceptions came when he was throwing to the right side. But there actually was one positive for Delhomme. If the Panthers had thrown only to the left side, he might have had a decent game.

Delhomme by direction

Comp Att Yds TD INT
Left 6 9 65 1 0
Middle 3 11 46 0 2
Right 8 14 94 0 3