“This is a dangerous football team,” Carolina’s all-time leading passer said prior to Sundays’ game against the Atlanta Falcons. “I don’t think too many teams in the NFL want to play this football team.”
Delhomme quarterbacked the Panthers (4-3), winners of three straight games and four of five, to the Super Bowl in 2003 where a last-second field goal by the New England Patriots kept them from being World Champions.
He was released after the 2009 season and retired two years later after stints with Cleveland and Houston.
Sunday was his first time back at Carolina for a game since being released. He was brought here to pound the big snare drum before the game to inspire the crowd.
Delhomme has been impressed of late by the play of quarterback Cam Newton, who over the last three games has completed 77.3 percent of his passes and compiled a quarterback rating of over 130.0. But what Delhomme likes best about Newton is his legs.
“When he takes off running, defenses, you don’t want to tackle that guy,” Delhomme said. “He’s a freak of nature.”
Well he is right, this Carolina Panthers team is pretty dangerous, and we’re only halfway through the season. There are still plenty of games to be played, so anything can happen. It’s not wrong to say that the Panthers could potentially make a deep run in the playoffs, although there are other NFC teams who would be willing to say otherwise.