Report: Fox, Hurney choke back tears at press conference

It wasn’t easy for the Carolina Panthers to cut ties with Jake Delhomme.

If you need proof of that, find a replay of the press conference from Charlotte, N.C., this morning where tears rolled down the faces of general manager Marty Hurney and coach John Fox. Football is a tough game. Cutting a player like Delhomme, who meant to much to the team and the people on the team, was apparently an excruciatingly tough decision for the men.

"All of the great things he'd done (in the community) that you know about, there's even more things that you don't know about," Hurney said, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette.

"The guy has been spectacular for us. He's the kind of player and person that we look for. It's hard not to get emotional when you talk about him because he epitomizes everything that we want. He's been an excellent player, a leader and everybody talks about role models and I don't know whether you can get a better role model for your children than Jake Delhomme.

“We struggled with this one a lot and we got to the point where we made the decision that Matt Moore would be No. 1. It was time. I don't think there has ever been a harder decision we've made here."

The talk had been that Delhomme and Moore would battle for the starting job beginning this spring, but the more the club looked at it, the more that wasn’t going to happen. It was a difficult decision to from a financial standpoint and Hurney will come under fire for an extension he gave Delhomme last year, one that has him in line to still collect $12.7 million in guaranteed money. That will hurt every bit as much as the personal relationship side of things.

“I'm not sure I've had any more respect for an NFL football player than Jake Delhomme,” Fox said. It's a young man's game and part of being successful is developing young players, so it's a catch-22. To say we have to have a veteran, right now we can't answer that. We will move forward and make decisions in our mind that will make us a better football team. But that's the truth. That's kind of where we are.”

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