Henning had right approach with QB

The Panthers have excelled this year in part because of how Dan Henning has slowly brought along Jake Delhomme.

Updated: January 18, 2004, 6:51 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

During his 25-year NFL career spent with nine different franchises, there have been a lot of adjectives used to describe crusty ol' Dan Henning, but nurturing hasn't been cited very often, if at all.

That the Carolina Panthers are playing in the NFC championship game, however, is due in significant part to the manner in which Henning has so adroitly nurtured the development of quarterback Jake Delhomme in his first year as a starter.

Certainly in the early portion of the regular season, ...

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