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Fox sticking with Delhomme as Panthers' starting quarterback

  • By Associated Press
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Though Jake Delhomme has just two touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season, he'll remain the winless Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback.

Asked Wednesday if Delhomme still was his guy moving forward, Panthers coach John Fox left no doubt.

"I didn't think that was a question, but if that needs to be clarified, yes with a capital Y," Fox said.

Jake Delhomme , QB
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Season Statistics
Comp/Att: 54/91
Passing Yards: 601
TD/INT: 2/7

Delhomme threw two interceptions and lost a fumble during the Panthers' 21-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. But the second pick, returned for a game-clinching touchdown, came when wide receiver Steve Smith broke off his route.

Still, Delhomme is on a bad skid. He threw four interceptions during the season-opening loss to Philadelphia Eagles and had a key late interception to end a comeback bid against the Atlanta Falcons one week later.

Delhomme received a contract extension in the offseason after committing six turnovers in an upset playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Delhomme has a passer rating of 54.3 this season, and the Panthers' minus-8 turnover margin is the worst in the NFL.

"Certainly we haven't put up the points that we would have liked to have put up," Delhomme said. "But we're a work in progress and we're trying to get there."

The Panthers have no attractive alternative to Delhomme, who has started a franchise-record 82 regular-season games. The backups on the roster are A.J. Feeley and Matt Moore. Feeley was signed after the season opener when No. 2 QB Josh McCown was lost for the season with left knee and ankle injuries.

Moore hasn't played since starting three games as an undrafted rookie at the end of the 2007 season.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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