practice isn't the end all be all......I think there was a reason Steve Smith made the comment about you can evaluate guys just b/c they have good practices and that often they shrink in game scenarios.
Yes, but in Clausen's only game this year he actually looked pretty good, and he was able to move our offense against a first team defense pretty effectively... something he struggled mightily with last year. Improvement in practice is important, because for a young guy it really can translate to the game. One of John's comments was that Clausen has narrowed his stance, which is why he is standing more uproot and he has fewer tipped balls now. He'll still have them occasionally because he isn't all that tall, but this was a major concern many had and if he's working to address it, that COULD translate to playing better in games.
Plus, you have 1 QB playing w/ only the studs in practice and one QB getting a mixed bag.....playing w/ the studs automatically is gonna make you look sharper to a degree.
To a degree, but it's not going to magically change Cam's footwork to throw to 89. Remember too that they didn't start out with Clausen getting all the 1s reps, they were splitting reps, and now Clausen is getting the majority of the 1s. That should 'count' for something as far as what the coaches think of Jimmy's progression.
Cam is going to be great if he keeps working at it, but there is no shame in him sitting behind Jimmy while he gets his footwork down if that's what the coaches think should happen.
I personally think Cam is still more likely to start, but I don't think it is by much, and I think another good showing by Clausen could move him up and lock him in to #1 for the first few weeks while Cam continues to improve. No doubt, Cam will take over at some point this season, though.