Posted 16 July 2011 - 05:10 PM
i was actually thinking about this and how you could justify starting clausen and you simply can't, just because in a simple offense, which I think they're going to run regardless, Cam Newton offers you far more than Pickles.
I don't think Clausen was ruined last year for good, but he regressed throughout the year and should probably be regarded as a rookie.
Let's say the Panthers want to run the ball 40 times a game, both to take advantage of their strength and let both develop slowly behind center. Who do you want rolling out on a play action?
Not only does Cam have a stronger arm (and not just because Clausen has no deep ball) but if he gets into the open field he's going to ruin some poo. Not many corners are going to be able to bring him down. Additionally, because of that, defenses are going to have to respect him and give him more throwing options. That linebacker that can stick with a tight end doing whatever now has to stick with Cam. If Jimmy took off I think he might succeed the first time due to everyone laughign so hard but he'd be murdered the second time.
Cam's also about 6 foot thirty so even with someone in his face he's going to have a clear view.
I don't know, I think when building an offense for a young QB, Cam offers worlds more than Pickles.