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November 26, 2010 - Mike McLain
Coach Eric Mangini announced Friday morning that Jake Delhomme will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
The announcement doesn't come as a surprise. Delhomme received most of the snaps with the first-team offfense during Wednesday's practice. Mangini said Wednesday that he was leaning towards Delhomme because of the quarterback's familiarity with the Panthers.
Seneca Wallace will be the number two quarterback. Rookie Colt McCoy, who sprained his left ankle last Sunday, will miss a third straight practice. Mangini said McCoy might dress Sunday as the third quarterback.
Delhomme is the best choice. He does know the Panthers well after playing the preceding seven seasons with the team. Of course, the flip side is that the Panthers' defense, which is better than you might think, knows everything about Delhomme.
Delhomme was the number one guy throughout training camp and into the first game of the regular season. He started the opener against Tampa Bay, but he suffered a high right ankle sprain in the second quarter.
Delhomme was signed to be the starter. Now that McCoy is hurt, Delhomme deserves a second chance, despite the fact Wallace played well in his absence before suffering a high right ankle sprain.
It appears that McCoy's injury isn't as severe as the injuries suffered by Delhomme and Wallace, which means he could be back sooner than the four-week period that's often required for high ankle sprains. What happens then, espeically if Delhomme is playing well?
It shouild be McCoy. The organization needs to see as much of the rookie as possible this season.
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