Former Carolina Panthers quarterback and current team radio analyst Jake Delhomme has watched Bryce Young play all season and offered advice to the rookie ahead of Christmas.
“The best advice I would give him is, 'Hey, buddy, I promise you it's going to get better,'” Delhomme said of Young during a recent edition of the “Processing Blue” podcast, shared by Scott Fowler Charlotte Observer. “You feel like your world is falling apart and sometimes even the simplest routes you can complete in your sleep feel like they're an effort to complete. But the game will slow down. You've just been through the battle, so play one play at a time.'”
Young's struggles with the 1-12 Panthers, combined with the stellar play of Houston Texans rookie C.J. Stroud, reportedly contributed to Carolina owner David Tepper's November 27 firing of head coach Frank Reich.
Behind ESPN According to the stats, Young enters Week 15 last in the league with an adjusted QBR of 29.6 and 32nd with a 70.9 passer rating on the season. The first overall pick in this year's NFL Draft included nine touchdown passes and nine interceptions in the first 12 games.
Stroud, the second overall pick in the 2023 draft, started Thursday 16th with an adjusted QBR of 55.3, fifth with a passer rating of 98.7, finished ninth with 20 touchdown passes and second with 3,631 passes. From Thursday evening chance checker placed Stroud as the heavy favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year at -15000 odds.
Delhomme indicated that Young should wait until the winter to fully evaluate his play during his debut professional campaign.
“He can't slow down now because he's taking care of his body and preparing for next week,” Delhomme added of Young. “When he can take a step back, (it will be), ‘What do I need to work on? Is this the fall? Is this the throw? Is it the strength of my arms?”
Carolina will then enter Sunday's home game against the Atlanta Falcons 6-7. Time will tell if the Panthers will consider it Young's closure before week 18.