What would it take?
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:28 AM
That isn't to say that I am not skeptical myself, but all reports from camp and my own gametime observations from last week suggest that Clausen may actually turn the corner.
So, let's make it simple... what would be the criteria for you to give the kid another chance and be glad that he is a Panther?
Another good preseason outing or two?
4-1 TD to interception ratio?
90 or better QB passer rating over half a season's time?
A couple of last-minute game winning drives?
75% regular season win rate?
Fiz and CRA's collective blessings?
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:31 AM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:33 AM
Now, when the Jaguars play the Panthers this season and I have tickets in row 1 of section 312, living in Carolina now, I will be pulling for the Panthers.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:35 AM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:37 AM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:39 AM
1 - not bailing and looking scared w/ slight pressure in the pocket (consistantly). This is by far the most important for me. this is the main reason he sucks.
2 - actually looks to show confidence inside and out of the huddle
3 - his first actual TD to a WR
If he does that by preseason game 4......holla at me.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:40 AM
if he stays around as a panther, i'm fine as long as he doesn't suck when he's on the field. even as a starter he's going to be little more than a placeholder for newton.
it's not about liking him or not...he's a backup QB. he's essentially irrelevant and just another cog on the machine. there is no real competition for the long term job. there isn't any QB controversy. the job is newton's.
do i want clausen to do well? better than having him suck. am i proud to have him on the team? meh...he's just this guy on the team. i like him like i like all panther backups.
for him to warrant the starting gig he would have to be significantly better than newton.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:45 AM
Honestly if Clausen comes out playing like an all pro don't be surprised if it's Cam that becomes the trade bait. We can't afford to lose a good QB.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:46 AM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:49 AM
seriously though, Clausen's looking better... we'll see how he and Cam do, but the reality is that barring some tremendous performance if he gets to start, Newton WILL be playing at some point soon, so he's basically our backup. I still want him to do well, but I've long ago realized they were planning on going with Cam early.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:54 AM
Make consistent throws beyond 20 yds.
Have more TD's than interceptions.
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:57 AM
2. Quicker Release
3. Better Pocket Awareness
That is All
Posted 18 August 2011 - 10:58 AM
Posted 18 August 2011 - 11:00 AM
I never even noticed the fact that he hasn't thrown a TD to a wide receiver yet.
Olsen could have been a WR on that TD play.
Clausen's biggest challenge is regaining confidence. He hasn't looked like he's been having fun in a long time. Even when he threw that TD he didn't smile. It was like getting back to par on the day.
Clausen is the type of guy where if he gets even a little taste of success it will do wonders for his game. But that is up to him. The one huge difference between this year and last is that it sounds like Clausen his having a great camp. We'll see how that translates tomorrow..