Monday, October 26, 2009

Jake Delhomme=Steve Blass?

In a previous posting I mentioned that Jake Delhomme was still shell shocked by the performance in last season's playoff loss to Arizona, in which he threw six interceptions. Correct me if i'm wrong.This is a quick fall from grace for someone that was considered to be near the top of the second tier quarterbacks.The last time i've seen something like this was how quickly Jim Everett fell off. In my opinion, this seems to be the equal of the "Steve Blass syndrome". To anyone not familiar with Steve Blass, he was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 60's and 70's, who had a stellar start to his career and had a sudden loss of control which pretty much ended his career. If you don't know him, look up the names Mackey Sasser, Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, and most recently Rick Ankiel. The reason I say this is because of the high  amount of interceptions Delhomme has thrown. Since the Arizona debacle he has yet to have an interception free game. In a way I almost feel sorry for the guy. I don't know him personally, but he seems to be like a genuinely good guy with a downhome southern personality. He has to take a lot of flak from the fans and his teammates, especially the tempermental Steve Smith. As a fan I hope he gets it together and soon (not for fantasy purposes either). First he must get over the interceptions which i don't think he can, therefore sinking the Panthers' season and you know who's gonna take the blame for that. Pick up your game Jake and get back on track. If you don't your career is most likely over on a sour note no less.

1 comment:

Brian said...

I too agree that he Delhomme will have trouble shaking this INT bug. The more he keeps under performing and putting his team in situations to lose games, the players on both sides of the ball will lose even more confidence in him. Sad story for a franchise who took the Giants down to the wire on the last game of the season last year for the battle for the NFC. Great comparison to Blass also.