Delhomme says Newton right guy for Carolina
Jake Delhomme thinks quarterback Cam Newton is the right guy to
get the Carolina Panthers back to the Super Bowl.
”He’s 24 years old and let’s see what happens the rest of the
year, but I don’t think there’s any doubt this guy can certainly do
it,” Delhomme said.
The team’s career passing leader, Delhomme led the Panthers to
their only Super Bowl appearance in 2003. He returned to the
stadium Sunday for the first time since being released four years
ago and banged the ”keep pounding” drum before Carolina played
the Atlanta Falcons.
Newton has eight total touchdowns – six passing and two rushing
– and no turnovers during Carolina’s current three-game winning
”He is talented and he throws the ball plenty good enough and
his legs are dangerous,” said Delhomme, who now lives in his
hometown of Breaux Bridge, La. ”That’s what makes him so scary.
… Guys don’t want to hit him. He’s a freak of nature.”
Delhomme said Newton was thrust into a tough situation when he
was forced to start right away as a rookie in 2011.
”Aaron Rodgers got to sit for all of those years and that’s
big,” Delhomme said. ”Cam never had an opportunity to learn what
not to do in the NFL.
”One year of college, you dominate, come right into the NFL and
break every record as a rookie. And then last year he hit some
bumps in the road, but he never had an opportunity to learn what
not to do from watching an interview or watching someone else. Last
year was a huge learning year for him. This year I think he’s
playing fantastic. He’s playing within himself and playing very
Delhomme said it was tough being released by the Panthers, but
time has helped heal wounds.
He embraced team owner Jerry Richardson and talked with him at
midfield before the game. Delhomme later exchanged an embrace with
his former favorite weapon and close friend Steve Smith.
”Look, I got released. I understand the business,” Delhomme
said. ”As much as I didn’t want it to happen, it happened. …
Look, Peyton Manning is not playing for the Colts anymore. Me not
playing for the Panthers is not that much of a tragic thing.”
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