Fox is told 2010 is his last year
Veterans are cut and not replaced.
They draft a second-round, developmental QB
They draft a third-round small college QB to be developed over time into a WR.
How anxious would anyone be to develop players (and lose while doing so) for another coach? Fox was worried about his own resume. NFL coaching jobs are a bit competitive. He was ordered to be a sacrificial lamb.
When he started bringing in veteran QBs, JR told him to play JC. Fox's comment in the paper:"Clausen will be the QB for the rest of the season." What about Clausen's play warranted such a comment? He was ordered to play Clausen.
Clausen was a pawn too. He was not coached up, and he was Fox's way of sticking it to the man. Clausen and Armanti were the posterboys for the "dysfunctional" conflict between Fox and JR. Fox is not to blame. JC is not to blame. But they are who get booed and blamed by "intelligent" fans.
You are right...why would a coach who knows he is gone after the season want to spend any time developing players who he knows he will not be coaching next season. Why waste the effort? Fox spent his time plugging holes with veterans who he could get the most out of.
Besides, it is no secret that Fox would rather use veterans than develop a young player. He made that clear in the past when he said he does not like drafting a QB because they take too long too develop. It is no surprise that Fox acted the way he did.
It is so refreshing to have a coach that strives to actually "coach" young players. We will be a much better team down the road because of it.