Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:39 AM
I know my opinion doesn't mean much on this board. I know most will probably rip me for saying this.
Jimmy Clausen was the best pure passer I've ever seen in college football his senior year. His earlier years, you could see his potential shine through here and there, but his senior year was amazing. Full command of the offense, pinpoint accuracy, and great decision making.
His rookie year with Carolina, he was terrible, much like his freshman year of college. However, I don't think so many should write him off in the NFL so soon. Maybe his skills will never translate to the NFL, but his rookie year was not a good sample set to go off. His coaches didn't believe in him and he was thrown in the mix after a veteran QB couldn't do any better with this team. He was the 1st rookie QB to start games with rookie WRs on both sides in NFL history. His OL was injury-stricken and awful in pass protection. He had no TE to speak of to throw to. Steve Smith...injured, D Williams...injured. All of the veteran leadership was traded away before the season. The coaching staff mailed it in after deeming Matt Moore the starter and that didn't work out. Also, Jimmy was coming off surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. All this while dealing with constant media torment about sliding in the draft and having "character" issues (which were largely from hype surrounding his limo at his commitment to ND which he had no part of setting up).
Anyway, I'm not comparing him to any other QBs on or off the Carolina roster, I'm just saying the kid can be the QB we hoped he would still.
I think potential of a QB has every thing to do with the mental aspect of the game. So everyone saying he can't throw or doesn't have the tools need to keep quiet and just see what happens. No since in booing him.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 09:46 AM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:43 PM
Hopefully when the Potential Hall of Fame opens up, Clausen will be among the first inducted.
Sorry that first spot belongs to the sublime Andrew Luck; I think that's reasonable.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 01:05 PM
Well, aside from the reading portion of the GED exam and Developing an Informed Opinion 101, the Huddle never fails.
Clausen showed nothing in terms of intangibles last season. Being as this was my primary concern with Cam, Jimmy worried me when he seemed to pack it in mentally instead of inspiring his teammates with his guts and fire. That was a problem for me, even more than his looking lost on the field.
Jimmy, from what little I do know about him, loves the game and is a student of. He has played not to lose (checkdowns, short passes, etc), which hopefully the new staff has shown him that playing in such a manner doesn't necessarily mean that they will win, just that they're more concerned with not losing as opposed to winning. That might not make sense to everyone, but maybe this will: he was playing to be her friend so that he wouldn't not have sex with her, but that usually means he doesn't get in there, it just means he doesn't look like that dude so desperate for ass that he hides cameras in the ladies' stalls. Either way, he wasn't making Charlie Sheen proud
I don't understand how having two young guys competing to be the franchise QB is such a horrible idea to some that they have to be traded as soon as one looks remotely better.
Edited by Icege, 11 August 2011 - 01:07 PM.