Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:46 AM
CLAUSEN DEEP IN NAANEE
Aside from that miserable, unfortunate typo, let me make my position on Clausen/Cam very clear:
--I have no favorites here. I look at several things while other writers are busy watching the ball floating in the air:
1. QB's pre-snap adjustments
2. Footwork under center--Newton shows occasional "tells" on run v. pass
3. Efficiency with drops from behind center
4. Back foot and leg drive through the ball
5. Velocity and placement of the throw (accuracy is a hack term--placement is what matters. Many say Clausen's TD to Olsen on SAT was not accurate. Actually, it was very well placed, given the trail coverage and S over the top)
--Clausen, unless you are biased, had a far better night as a pro QB on Tuesday
--Newton wasn't bad--just inefficient. Looked lethargic. Sloppy with footwork again.
--Anderson has no shot to start if he plays like he practiced last night. Keep in mind, on his TD drive vs. NY, his second completion was a tipped ball that was caught on a lucky break by Charly Martin. His last throw, the TD, was a simple bubble screen. He threw the ball 10-yards, laterally, and 81 did the rest. I'm in the minority here, but come cut-time, he might not make it, if Hurney sees someone else with a little more accuracy out there.
I have followed this team since Bob Christian's TD in the in 1995 HOF Game. I'm not a "fan-boy", but with respect to the history of this team, I'm a decent resource for info.
As an observer, I want Cam to be ready now, because he is going to be the guy sooner or later. But he can't one-hop simple stick routes to TE's and expect to win the job with his smile alone. Has to be good in practice, all the time. That's what Rivera wants to see, and until he breaks out of the rookie funk, Clausen will be their guy.
But, then again, watch me be 100% wrong on all of this :Yawn:
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