you have no idea how clausen will translate into the NFL. so far he has shown that he is in over his head and that the players don't respond to him or respect him as a leader.
newton was drafted because clausen did nothing to show that he is capable of being a franchise QB.
First of all, it is very tough for any kind of rookie to have respect from the players. Second of all, you have to forget about last season completely. It is not what Jimmy is capable of because the entire team was a mess and it was reflected by bad quarterback play.
Critique him by the throws he made and don't be overly concerned with the numbers. The mistakes he made were part of the learning curve that most quarterbacks must make. Playing quarterback is all about experience and if Jimmy's in-game experience is cut short, he will never develop. It's not just Jimmy for that matter, any quarterback without game experience won't be good at all.