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Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:57 pm
 
J. Clausen said he wasn't sure if he was ready to take over the starting QB postion last year (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Give props to Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen for his honesty. But take away huge demerits for a seeming lack of confidence. Or maybe give him back those points for knowing his limitations.

In a radio interview today with WQAM in Miami, via the Charlotte Observer, Clausen, when asked if he was ready to be the starting quarterback last year, replied simply, “I don’t know.”

From the (partial) transcript:

What his rookie season in the NFL was like:

“You know it was definitely a tough season for us going 2-14.  We definitely had a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs this season, but the biggest thing I am going to take away from this season is just the experience and just going through the entire season struggling and going through that adversity.  I think that is just going to help us down the road and there is a lot of things I learned.  I picked up the speed of the game, more knowledge of playing in the National Football League and just trying to make plays out there.  Like I said, I dealt with a lot of adversity this year and I just think that it is going to help down the road.”

Whether he was ready to play when he became the starting quarterback last season:

 “I don’t know.  You always have to be ready to be called on.  That is what they drafted you for.  Some guys have that time to be able to sit back and watch and I got to do that for the first three quarters of the game in the first game of the season and I got thrown in there on the last series cause Matt Moore went down, but you just have to be ready to go from day one.  I think it was a tough situation but at the end of the day it is only going to help me get better.”

So, there you go Panthers fans. Your starting quarterback didn’t know if he was ready to play last season. Hopefully, for the Panthers sake, he'll know the answer to that question in 2011. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:16 am
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

 Hahahaha Delhomme was the one who threw how many interceptions the year before? Delhomme is horrible. He did just enough to keep his job, I don't think Delhomme was the answer. Clausen is very young and to judge a QB after one season is misguided and def. jumping the gun. Peyton Manning was brutal early on, did you say "oh I knew he was garbage" after his first year in the league? 

Take the caps lock off and step away from the keyboard. A football analyst you are not.



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

noooooooo,nooooooooooooo,NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,A MILLION TIMES NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,i said it it from the second he was drafted,NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,I SAID BAD DRAFT PICK,THEY SHOULD HAVE TAKEN MCCOY,I SAID IT FROM THE SECOND HE STARTED NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

O,I SAID IT EVERY TIME HE STEPED PUT ON THE FEILD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,BAD JOHN FOX FOR DRAFTING HIM,FROM THE SECOND THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON ENDED I SAID CLAUSON,BE BE TERRIBLE IN THE NFL,AND HE WAS AND IS,AND IV HEARD PEAOPLE SAY THE REASON CLAUSON WAS BAD WAS BECAUSE HE HADE A BAD TEAM,NEWS FLASH HE HADE THE SAME TEAM DELHOME HADE,FOX LETTING JAKE DELHOME GO WAS THE WORST THING THE CAROLINA PANTHERS EVER DID,DELHOME MADE THE PANTHERS WHAT THEY WERE FOR SO MANY YEARS A GOOD TEAM,DELHOME BUILT THAT TEAM AND MADE THAT TEAM GOOD FOR SEVEN YEARS,AND IF ONE TEAM JIMMY CLAUSON SCREWS IT UP,JAKE DELHOME SPENDS SEVEN SEASONS MAKING THE PANTHERS AN 11 OR 12 WIN TEAM,AND IN A YEAR JIMMY CLAUSON TURNS THEM INTO A TWO WIN TEAM,HOW CAN ANYONE SAY CLAUSONS A GOOD NFL QB,I MEAN HELL,ONCE YOU GO OUT AND SAY I WASNT READY FOR THE NFL IM PREET SURE THAT MEANS HE WAS NOT READY FOR THE NFL,AND HE NEVER WILL BE A GOOD NFL QB.I MEAN LAST YEAR HE STARTED 10 GAMES,AND HE HADE 3 TDS,9 INTS,9 FUMBLES,AND WAS 1-9,AND TIM TEBOW ONLY STARTED 3 TIMES,HADE 11 TDS,3 INTS,1 FUMBLE,AND WAS 1-3,TEBOWS HADE 8 MORE TDS IN 7 LESS GAMES,I MEAN GOOD,CLAUSON SUCKS,S.U.C.K.S. SUCKS.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

 You missed my point wagchamp. Some are ready, but they have to be coming into an absolutely ideal situation most times. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta all had solid teams and players to take the burden off of their young QBs. St Louis is the exception, but Bradford is a special case, he showed amazing poise for a first year QB. Look back over the years, if Peyton was starting out today he probably wouldnt have had the chance to develop like he did. Aikman went 9td 18ints his first year, and then followed it up with 11tds 18ints his second year, he wouldnt have had the chance to become the HOF QB he turned into in todays NFL. Look at Vick, it took him years and a different system to finally get it together. The 3 year plan is not dated, it's a question of what team is throwing in a rookie QB. Some teams need a game manager right away (Big Ben) and some teams need a game changer (a lot of teams) and that's a bad spot to throw a rookie or any inexperienced QB into.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

He still isn't ready, he sucks.  Those of us who hate Mel Kiper and follow the draft 365/24/7 could have told you he was over-rated.

Nothing against this kid, but I do not see a winner, or any intangibles that look promising, he just sends me negative vibes.  Carolina is stuck in a conundrum, having forfeited pick 33. The Panthers could have gone w/ BPA in round one, then in round two, taken a QB without the huge risk.  Trading up to draft Armanti Edweards was too risky. PIck #33 is as good as a first rounder with the new forma.  You can evaluate your board, and entertian trades overnight.










Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:47 am
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

Bullsh!t, many are ready, doesn't translate into career numbers, if they can learn (Bradford Ryan Flacco Roth how far do you want me to go back?) it's worth them playing and yes they are ready.  That 3 year qb plan is dated.  Rodgers is a specific case (Favre)



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:42 am
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

Well said, and anyway this is a non-story.  Matt Moore was supposed to be the guy and Clausen wasn't Bradford, so what.  That's why he fell in the draft, and put Carolina in a position where if they didn't draft him and he turned out to be a franchilse qb theyb would have been chided sumpin' fierce.  They should give Clausen another chance and if he is who he is, then Andrew Luck should be waiting fo them next year.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:49 am
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

 This is a non-story. He was refering to (IMO) being ready to jump in right away and start. I'm not sure there are any QBs ready to jump right in from day one and do well. Big Ben did well, but that had a lot more to do with the situation / team than what he brought to the table. Peyton Manning was brutal right off the bat and he turned out just fine. I think the big problem these days is teams / media / fans expect QBs to show their true colors right away, when in fact it takes a few seasons. It's the toughest position in football (maybe in all of sports) to step right in and be able to do well right away. The college game is so different it's night and day. Teams are wasting a lot of dough drafting QBs and then throwing them in the garbage after one season (or in some cases half a season) QBs used to get a few seasons to develop, the magic number used to be 3, now it's play well and win games now or you're done. The expectations for the position have gotten out of hand. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:04 am
 

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

Hmm... I have a strange feeling that if Clausen had said in this interview that he was ready to be the franchise QB from day one and had total confidence that he'd be successful immediately, this writer would have accused him of being an immature, self-important diva with an unwarranted sense of entitlement. Where does CBSsports find these guys???



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