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Panthers need to move on from Clausen, already

Posted on: December 24, 2010 12:41 am
Edited on: December 24, 2010 1:06 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson



As expected, the only interesting thing to come from the Heinz Field on Thursday -- at least from the Panthers perspective -- was whether or not Jimmy Clausen is the team's quarterback of the future. 

The answer, after a 27-3 beatdown in which Carolina posted 119 total yards (the second-lowest total in franchise history),  is a pretty resounding, "No."

And honestly, it's the only area of immediate concern for the Panthers. John Fox is as good as gone and there are plenty of free agents sitting out there that will need to be signed. But more pressing is the need for a quarterback that can actually become a competent passer. Clausen's not that guy, and it seems that everyone outside of Carolina knows it.

The question is whether or not GM Marty Hurney and owner Jerry Richardson can admit the organization made a mistake in the second round last year and move on as well. (Not that Clausen is the only flub in recent history -- there's the 2011 second-rounder the Patriots have which landed the Panthers Armanti Edwards and there's the lost first-rounder in 2010 that landed the Panthers Everette Brown, most notably.)

If they can, Andrew Luck is most likely theirs, barring the entire city of Atlanta collapsing in on itself within the next 10 days; even the backups would probably handle the 'Cats if the Falcons have already clinched homefield advantage.

If the Panthers do secure the top selection in the draft (only a win against Atlanta and Denver losing out would drop them to second), there's still plenty of intrigue though.

Quarterback-needy teams will abound in the top part of the draft, as Cincinnati, Arizona, Buffalo, San Francisco, Washington, Minnesota, and Seattle are all potential top-10 teams that would love to get their paws on a franchise guy like Luck.

That turns the top pick, especially with the Panthers sans a second-rounder, into a potential goldmine.

There's also the labor situation to dissect. If a rookie wage scale is in place (or will be in place), taking a potential franchise guy like Luck with the top pick is much more palpable than it would be if it required the $50 million in guaranteed that Sam Bradford earned in 2010.

The good news for the Panthers is Richardson's intimate knowledge of the labor negotiations (he's one of the leaders in terms of NFL owners negotiating the collective bargaining agreement) mean they'll know as early as anyone what to expect in terms of how a new collective bargaining agreement might alter rookie salaries. (The Panthers top pick, then, also might lend a clue to the general progress of a new CBA at the time, provided there's still a lockout in progress.)

The bad news is that the labor strife might mean no new coaching staff in Charlotte by the time the draft rolls around, which puts the onus for draft picks entirely on Hurney and Co. And if the front office remains stubborn in its support of Clausen -- which is entirely possible -- there's a chance they could miss the franchise quarterback they've never had in Luck.

That seems impossible given the team's abysmal performance on Thursday night. But then again, a two-win season never seemed likely in September, either.

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Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:55 am
 

Panthers need to move on from Clausen, already

Clausen could be a decent qb on a decent team as he has had zero help from anyone on this awful team and he has shown flashes of brilliance in the season. However, they cannot pass up Luck, so they need to cut their losses, trade him to a team that needs a young qb that could learn  while the main qb goes on for a few more seasons like the Jags and take a 3rd-4th round draftpick for him.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 9:28 am
 

Panthers need to move on from Clausen, already

While I agree that Clausen is not the answer (which makes Gruden's breathless panting and fawning during the absurd "Quarterback Camp" all the funnier), I don't think a franchise that took him in the second round can move on after, what, five or so starts? The team stinks. It's not all his fault.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 9:17 am
 

Panthers need to move on from Clausen, already

In last year's draft Jimmy Clausen was rated the #4 prospect in the entire draft by Mel Kiper of ESPN.  His counterpart, Todd McShay, had him rated somewhere in the 2nd round.  I have a hard time giving up on the kid already but I never thought he was a top 20 pick.  He always unimpressed against better competition while at Notre Dame.  He did have great stats but that was because of the schedule he played.  On the flip side of the coin, he has had no oline.  He was, at times, stuck with a 3rd and 4th team RB behind him.  He needs more help.  I'd not give up on him yet but it's going to be awfully hard for the Panthers if they do end up with that #1 pick and can't get a good enough trade to move out of that spot.  They need help everywhere. 




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