Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme is leading the league in interceptions, but that won’t cost him his job — at least not yet.
Panthers coach John Fox announced today that Delhomme will start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
“We feel like he gives us the best chance to win,” Fox said. “Going through and looking at some of our mishaps I don’t think it’s one guy and I think he still gives us the best chance to win.”
Fox said he decided after watching film on Tuesday that Delhomme would be the starter, and he added that Delhomme isn’t on any more of a short leash than any other player. Delhomme’s 13 interceptions through six games puts him on pace for 35 interceptions in a 16-game season. That would tie Vinny Testaverde in 1988 for the second-most in a season in NFL history. Only George Blanda, with 42 interceptions in 1962, has had more in one season.
If the Panthers aren’t going to change their starting quarterback, they should at least consider changing their offensive game plan: In Sunday’s loss to the Bills, Delhomme threw 44 passes while running back DeAngelo Williams got just 16 carries.