The Panthers have agreed to stop tinkering with Jake Delhomme's mechanics and will allow him to play a more spontaneous style. ... Quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer was brought in this offseason to emphasize the technical part of the job to Delhomme. It hasn't worked as Delhomme has thrown 13 picks and four touchdowns. Allowing Delhomme to go back to improvising and side-arming can't hurt at this point, but we doubt it will help enough to turn the Panthers' season around.*
Someone please tell me that the cause of Delhomme's problems this season isn't from the QB coach trying to change the way he throws the football. This can't be happening. Why in the world would anyone want to convince a 7-year starter who has been to 1 Super Bowl and 2 NFC Championship games that he needs to change his mechanics?
I know, I know -- he came off Tommy John surgery and they wanted to make sure his arm held up for the long run, but still -- you can't change a quarterback's mechanics. He's not a relief pitcher -- he's a freaking quarterback. Sure, he hasn't been Peyton Manning, but he's been decent enough to lead the team to a Super Bowl appearance and 2 NFC title games when doing it his way. Why would any coach want to change that?
If Delhomme comes out against Arizona this week and throws the football his way (the way he's been throwing his entire career), and the Panthers look like the team they were last year (you know, the team that went 12-4 and won the NFC South), then Rip Scherer should be ran out of town -- after he is blindfolded and tied to the goal post at Bank of America stadium for every Panthers fan to come by and punch him in the gut, that is.
(On a side note, this would be a great way for Jerry Richardson to add revenue -- he could charge fans a $20 fee to stand in line. It would probably make him enough money to sign a big-name free agent in the offseason, so it would definitely be worth it.)
* - Information courtesy of Rotoworld.