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The reality of Clausen's good night

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#1 CRA


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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:01 PM

Drive 1 - result was a pick 6 on a horrific throw.

Drive 2 - 3 and out. Ending w/ a Clausen sack and Clausen's trademarked horrible play in a NFL pocket.

Drive 4 - another 3 and out.

Drive 5. another 3 and out. - trademarked Clausen pocket play hurting the drive

The highlight of his night

Drive 3 - 2 big plays by Williams. A run and a screen (extension of the ground game). Clausen makes a downfield throw to the endzone....but put the ball behind Olsen who adjusted for a TD grab.

Now this thread isn't purely meant to knock Clausen. Just pointing out the reality he clearly didn't play better than Cam Newton like so many are pimping around a variety of threads. Clausen really didn't do much and was a mixed bag of both good and bad during each of those drives.

this thread isn't a Cam outplayed Clausen thread either as that statement is not being made.

Edited by CRA, 15 August 2011 - 03:16 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:12 PM

Cam Newton had a better night, but I think Clausen looked much improved over last year. As far as the pick goes, I'm not sure if you can put 100% of the blame on him. Still, it happened and fortunately he regained his composure and came back strong with that touchdown to Olsen.

Like I said before, I think this is Cam's team. With the first pick, the team has too much invested in him and Clausen will never overpower that. Clausen just needs to become traid bait and I'm hoping he does... allowing us to get SOMETHING for him. I don't see how anybody wins - the Panthers or Clausen - if he remains a failure.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:14 PM

Fwiw, I don't think that Clausen played great by any stretch. But he came back nicely from the int. On a scale of 1-10, he was a 6, Newton was a 5, and Anderson a 7. And they all outperformed all the Giants QB's.

Fwiw, its still early, but I like our Qback situation better now than at this point last year. If Newton can improve his midrange passing/decision making, he has the potential be a real star.

On a somewhat related notie, I liked the comment in the Observer this morning. When Clausen got sacked, it was Clausen's fault. When Newton got sacked, it was the offensive line breaking down.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:14 PM

That's why I don't get the few who are still knocking Cam and touting Clausen as being better...

Clausen didn't look much different from last year besides the one scoring drive.

That is still better than what he looked like last year, but he still looked really shaky for the most part.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

Clausen looked better than last year, but Cam surprisingly, had more awareness than Clausen.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:15 PM

meh. neither one wowed me. Keep working fellas. But Cam seems to have a bigger upside. See I don't hate him :)

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:16 PM

So many?

Try one person and he has basically become Gman Was Right or is in fact Gman Was Right with a new schtick.

Edited by Kral, 15 August 2011 - 03:56 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:17 PM

My thoughts as well were that Clausen looked pretty rough, but did bounce back and make a couple of nice plays. I thought the INT was almost completely on Clausen and he did take too long in the pocket on several plays.

Cam wasn't perfect, but I thought he looked better... even under pressure, with his mobility he can escape some. I think the next pre-season game will tell us whether Clausen's play has really improved or not.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:17 PM

Yeah, I keep reading "Clausen looks good!". People must have been watching a Notre Dame highlight video.

Did he look better than last year? Marginally.

Considering he's the worst QB we've ever had (edit: minimum 4 starts), a marginal improvement isn't a good improvement.

Edited by blackcatgrowl, 15 August 2011 - 05:05 PM.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 03:18 PM

Now this thread isn't purely meant to knock Clausen.