Tag:Jimmy Clausen
Posted on: March 18, 2011 6:28 pm

Hot Routes 3.18.11: Waiting for Goodell

Posted by Josh Katzowitz and Will Brinson

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  • This actually has nothing to do with the NFL, but a local sports reporter almost got run over by an SUV (backing up, at slow speed) midway through a live report. It's pretty amazing.
  • We absolutely love that former Bengals draft bust Akili Smith is defending former Auburn QB Cam Newton from comparisons that he's similar to, you know, Akili Smith. "I'm nowhere near the athlete that Cam is," Smith told Bengals.com.
  • The South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that Ryan Mallett’s draft status is dropping just like Jimmy Clausen did last year. Unlike Clausen, though, people apparently are concerned with Mallett’s character and personality.
  • The Boston Globe reports TE Alge Crumpler underwent shoulder surgery in late January for a significant injury. No word on if he’ll return to next season at full strength.
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Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 4:34 pm

NFL agent Gary Wichard dies

Posted by Will Brinson

Long-time NFL agent and founder of Pro Tect Management Gary Wichard died on Friday morning at the age of 60 of complications resulting from diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

The news of Wichard's passing was first reported by Darren Heitner of SportsAgentBlog.com and additional notes of sadness were passed along by Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports and client Jimmy Clausen.

Wichard represented some big-name NFL clients over the years -- including Terrell Suggs, Chris Cooley, Clausen, Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor, to name a few -- but came under a great deal of scrutiny with his involvement in the agent scandal involving the UNC-Chapel Hill football team.

Wichard, at the time of his death, was serving a nine-month suspension from the NFLPA and was being investigated by the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Despite all that, many people who worked with Wichard during his lengthy career -- be it other agents or sportswriters -- noted what a professional he was.

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Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:56 pm

Panthers not in love with Clausen or Gabbert?

Posted by Will Brinson

Finding out that the Panthers aren't in love with Jimmy Clausen might not seem like news, but it's fairly important with respect to the draft. After all, if everyone in Carolina think his ship has sailed, it's probably time to start drafting a quarterback.

Well, according to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, the only person left in Clausen's corner is GM Marty Hurney. Oh, and the Panthers aren't big fans of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, either.

Banks cites a source who informed him that Hurney is the "only one in the building in Charlotte" who thinks Clausen can still turn into the Panthers starting quarterback. This isn't entirely illogical: watching Clausen play in 2010 made it clear he wasn't progressing quickly. (Duh.) But Hurney drafted him, and therefore has a little bit of loyalty -- even if it's blind -- to the Notre Dame product.

What's particularly interesting about this, but probably won't be publicly noted for quite some time (if ever), is that if everyone's already off the Clausen bandwagon after one season, there's a pretty good chance that John Fox was never on it to start.

Fortunately, Ron Rivera, as a new head coach, isn't likely to be saddled with a quarterback he's not amenable to; in this case, Blaine Gabbert. (And Clausen.)
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And, apparently, Carolina "doesn't really love" Gabbert either. Banks cites a source who tells him the Panthers have concerns about the Mizzou product, because they don't believe he's "accurate enough outside the hash marks and deep downfield."

Those concerns are legitimate given the offense that Gabbert's coming from, and it obviously opens up the door for Cam Newton as the Panthers' No. 1 overall selection. In case the fact that they're holding a private workout with Newton didn't open it enough.

Or a defensive player, if they don't love Cam. But whether or not they turn to the Heisman winner with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, it certainly is seeming like there'll be a change at quarterback for the Panthers in 2011.

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Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 7:25 pm

Hot Routes 3.6.11: Are the Pats short-sighted?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe thinks the Patriots are a bit short-sighted in the way they chose not to renegotiate a player’s contract until the final year of the old deal. He writes the club’s insistence on conducting business this way is one reason why the Patriots and All-Pro G Logan Mankins haven’t been on great terms lately. Bedard also points out that Mankins’ representation also hasn’t helped matters either.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:57 pm

Clausen didn't know if he was ready for NFL

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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Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:49 am

Where will Orton go?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

New Broncos coach John Fox, at least when he was in Carolina, seemed to favor using veteran players instead of rookies.

That just seems to be his coaching philosophy (and you could see why, perhaps, with the play last season of Jimmy Clausen and the fact Fox called upon a guy who had been out of the league the week before (Brian St. Pierre) instead of starting rookie Tony Pike).

But, in Denver, with a second-year player in QB Tim Tebow – especially if the wonderkid has the support of the Broncos front office and John Elway – Fox might want to use him instead of solid veteran Kyle Orton.

Orton, you’ll recall, got off to a hot start last season (he was among the passing leaders at one point with a ridiculous number of passing yards), but he fell off a little bit and then missed the last three games because of injury and Tebow-itis.

When asked by the Denver Post about playing in Denver next season, Orton said, "Don't know, to be honest with you. Everybody can make choices. I'm happy. I've been playing as good as I ever have."

If Elway and Fox really feel like Tebow is the way they want to go, it should be noted that Orton would make pretty good trade bait.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:52 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 9:29 am

Hot Routes 2.3.11 everything else

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Posted by Andy Benoit

Philadelphia’s decision to promote offensive line coach Luis Castillo to defensive coordinator has stunned plenty of folks.

Maurice Jones-Drew admitted his mistake in spouting off about Jay Cutler.

Sam Bradford got a haircut. Mixed reviews.

Raheem Morris finished second to Bill Belichick in Coach of the Year voting.

Jared Gaither’s people met with the Ravens, but they’re not close on agreeing to a long-term deal at this point.

Take that, NFL! An AP poll reveals that a majority of fans would rather NOT have an 18-game regular season.

One guy who knows quarterbacks pretty well says the Panthers shouldn’t dump Jimmy Clausen just yet.

Jay Cutler wasn’t the only Bear who took a pain injection before the NFC title game. Brian Urlacher got one, as well.

John Elway says it’s not a foregone conclusion that the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 4:52 pm

For the gambler in you

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The latest prop bets from bodog.com (playoff and offseason edition):

Who will be the starting QB for Carolina Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Free Agent QB 11/10

Jimmy Clausen 2/1

Matt Moore 5/2

A 2011 Draft Pick QB 6/1

Here’s what new coach Ron Rivera said today when asked if Clausen was his starter going into next season: “You assume right now until you find that other guy to come in and compete... He is a young man with some talent and some abilities and we have to be sure the guy who comes in as the coordinator as well as the quarterbacks coach understand that.” I think Clausen will get every chance to start next season, and I think he’ll be OK enough in the preseason to earn the starting nod for Week 1. And maybe not much longer after that.

Who will be on the Bengals roster for game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Chad Ochocinco only 3/2

Terrell Owens only 5/1

Both Ochocinco & Owens 3/1

Neither Ochocinco & Owens 3/2

I don’t think Owens will be there at all. Since Marvin Lewis will return as coach, I can see Ochocinco coming back for another season as well (despite the fact he’s still “mopey”). But I don’t think he will. So, I’d go with neither.

Who will be the starting QB for Denver Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Tim Tebow 1/1

Kyle Orton 3/2

Other 3/1

It has to be Tebow, doesn’t it? Isn’t it written in the stars or something?

Will Michael Vick be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes -700

No +400

Yes. As the team’s franchise tag.

Will Kevin Kolb be an Eagle Game 1 of the 2011 regular season?

Yes +150

No  -200

Yes. As a well-compensated backup.

Who will Nnamdi Asomugha sign with?

Dallas Cowboys 6/1

Baltimore Ravens 7/1

Green Bay Packers 15/2

Jacksonville Jaguars 15/2

Detroit Lions 9/1

Houston Texans 10/1

Philadelphia Eagles 10/1

Denver Broncos 12/1

Oakland Raiders 15/1

Any Other Team 2/3

No idea. You’re on your own for this one.

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