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December 12, 2010

Ryan tells Clausen to 'hang in there'

It seems everyone had some advice for Jimmy Clausen after the game.

After Atlanta's 31-10 win Sunday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spoke briefly with the Panthers' rookie quarterback.

 “I played against him once in college, so just know him a little bit,” Ryan said. “I just said hang in there, keep it going. Finish off strong. Finish the right way.”

 Clausen was 14 of 24 passing for 107 yards against the Falcons, with no touchdowns and one interception. He now has gone 193 passes since his only touchdown pass of the season, and has the NFL's lowest passer rating among eligible quarterbacks.

 Clausen has thrown seven interceptions. He was sacked five times against the Falcons, but blamed himself for some of them for not getting the ball out quicker.

 “It's not just on the offensive line and running back. It's on me as well,” Clausen said.

 For whatever reason, Clausen seemed to take this loss harder than the others. After the game, he sought out Jon Beason and apologized to the Panthers linebacker for his poor play.

 Panthers receiver Steve Smith said Clausen should have apologized to his offensive teammates, as well. But Clausen said he went to Beason because he is someone who took Clausen under his wing after the Panthers drafted him in the second round last spring.

 Beason said Clausen is in a tough spot.

 “I told him times like this, man, all you can do is do your job,” Beason said. “That quarterback position is tough. You need help from the offensive line, the backs, the receivers. A lot of it goes into that. I told him just keep working and we'll try to get better.”

 As for all the talk about the Panthers' draft positioning and whether they should take Andrew Luck or some other quarterback, Clausen claimed he hasn't heard much of it.

"To be honest, the only time I hear it is when I talk to you guys and you guys ask me about it,” Clausen said to a group of reporters. “The only thing I can focus on is myself and getting better, and getting this team better and keep working hard each and every day.”

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on December 12, 2010 at 08:08 PM | Permalink


Have to say this is the first week when I am losing confidence in Clausen myself. I kept hoping and blaming the others - but today he seemed to have a bit more time, the receivers seemed to do their job - but he didn't do his. I might jump on the Luck Wagon soon myself.... Sorry Pickle.

Posted by: Patrick | Dec 12, 2010 8:17:36 PM

Hang in THERE???? WHEREE???

Posted by: doug | Dec 12, 2010 8:17:46 PM

please bring harbaugh with you luck

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 12, 2010 8:38:22 PM

Panthers suck. You know what rhymes with suck?
Luck. Oh yeah.

Posted by: cppro | Dec 12, 2010 8:53:48 PM

I'll admit that I loved Clausen coming to Carolina last spring, but now, things just haven't picked up...at all. Usually, you start to see some progess with all players(rookies) in some way or fashion, but this, this is crazy. When we get a new coach whether it be Harbaugh and a QB such as Luck. Please bring a passing attack and keep one great RB. D-Will or Stewart. Trade one to get back into the 1st round. BRing us a championship and lets biuld a team like the Patriots...!
Still hope Clausen becomes great though..

Posted by: Paul | Dec 12, 2010 9:02:26 PM

Let's not forget the Patriots will have our first pick in round #2 (the 33rd pick) because we had to have Armanti Edwards. He is really worth a #2 and a #3 isn't he? That brilliant move will take years to overcome once the new coach dumps him.

Posted by: Joe Blow | Dec 12, 2010 10:10:52 PM

How can he throw the ball when there's always somebody in the backfield? He has thrown some good passes this year.

Posted by: D-Von | Dec 12, 2010 10:46:40 PM

"Trade one to get back into the 1st round".

Name a team who will surrender a 1st for a running back, that is the easiest position to replace on offense? At best a 2nd and 4th would get you good value, but a 1st rounder? Not really, especially Williams playing 19 of 32 games over the past 2 years. Stewart having toe problems since college.

"Usually, you start to see some progess with all players(rookies) in some way or fashion, but this, this is crazy".

It sure doesn't help having lame duck coaches who can't adjust. Game plan along develop a QB and WR during Fox tenure. None of the rookies on this team aren't producing much.

Clausen must doesn't want to turn the ball over, but at least keep drives going to score point instead of 3 and outs.

"Let's not forget the Patriots will have our first pick in round #2 (the 33rd pick) because we had to have Armanti Edwards. He is really worth a #2 and a #3 isn't he? That brilliant move will take years to overcome once the new coach dumps him".

After seeing how your team has played all year, Hurney needs to be fire for giving up a 2nd rounder for a project. Can't blame everything on him when he has an owner who patient hearing the words "lockout" coming.

If you put these players on different scheme that fits their style of play, they would produce.

Posted by: mark smith | Dec 12, 2010 11:18:57 PM

"How can he throw the ball when there's always somebody in the backfield? He has thrown some good passes this year".

Like checkdown after checkdown passes? Not saying he has to throw deep everytime, but does he have good field vision? Seems like he stares down on one primary receiver instead of looking for options.

Smith needs to be traded, at best a 3rd or 4th rounder will do. No team wasn't going to surrender a 2nd rounder. How does he only be thrown at 4-5 games lately or all year is crazy? If he was in a Eagles, Colt, or Patriots offense he would have produce at a high level.

Posted by: mark smith | Dec 12, 2010 11:23:20 PM

It looks like Jimmy Clausen is driving the Andrew Luck bandwagon, and is doing it very well. Jimmy Clausen is just not a NFL championship caliber quarterback. He might be an average NFL quarterback one day, although thats being generously optimistic. It looks like drafting a quarterback with the #1 pick is not really a debatable topic anymore. I like the DT from Auburn, but Andrew Luck is just too talented to pass up. The only thing the Carolina Panthers have never had in their short history is a championship caliber franchise quarterback. If me miss out on this opportunity, we are doomed to mediocrity at best. DRAFT ANDREW LUCK!!!! (if he does go pro)

Posted by: JamesT | Dec 13, 2010 12:27:36 AM

So what if we do drasft luck?
Who blocks for him?
Do you really want another rookie QB to come in behind this line?
Who catchs his passes?(the old bitchy WR we have?)
Face it past Beason,RBs what spots on this team do not need a upgrade?
Luck might win down the road even he could not win with this line and this coach.

Posted by: Fire Fox | Dec 13, 2010 7:49:31 AM

Who is this Joe Person? HAHAHA

Posted by: ScottNC1 | Dec 13, 2010 8:03:20 AM

Unfortunately, Clausen simply doesn't have the mental capacity it takes to be an outstanding NFL qb. He's not able to make good decisions quickly. Let's hope that Hurney doesn't screw up the high draft pick for 2011. The guy is a yo-yo mentality and probably couldn't get a job even selling used cars? He's a terrible GM that hasn't grown into the job over these seveal years. We need another Bill Polian type of GM....a wheeler-dealer with a good head for football and what's needed for the team.

Posted by: EDDIELUCY | Dec 13, 2010 8:33:07 AM

the Patriots might be the one team in the NFL who would trade high for an elite rb. Look what they're doing with two pretty decent ones (Green-Ellis and Woodhead). Can you imagine what the Pats offense would do with a Williams or Stewart? Stewart has less mileage on him (though not by much) and as much as I like them both I can see us with Williams/Goodson or Stewart/Goodson.... either sounds good to me. I was as surprised as anyone when the Panthers traded up to draft my favorite college player (I went to ASU about 15 years ago), but I think they need to give him an honest shot because he is gifted and anyone who's seen him play will tell you (just ask anyone at Michigan... I guarantee you they remember him). If the honest shot includes a season of learning the position, so be it. I think with the season well-gone it might be time to give him a few reps and see if the potential is really there or not.

Posted by: Whistler225 | Dec 13, 2010 9:14:29 AM

Normally I'd say trade the top pick and drop back and get a quarterback and a DT later in the draft, but Luck may be too good to pass up. Still, if we could somehow get Nick Fairley and Kellen Moore by trading out of the top spot, I'd do it, unless Hurney is absolutely, 100% convinced that Luck is the next Matt Ryan or Peyton Manning, and not just a Carson Palmer or a Matthew Stafford.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Dec 13, 2010 9:17:17 AM

joe blow......you can't charge the pick twice. we used one pick on edwards and the value of that pick was either a 1st pick in 2nd round of 2011 draft or a 3rd rounder in 2010. given the possibility of a lockout its not that crazy. given the fact that edwards is as talented an athlete as he is.....it's not that crazy.

without a doubt anybody with a brain would have to say that edwards was less of a wasted pick than clausen, regardless of what pick we gave up to get him. edwards still has potential to be tapped into. clausen just tapped out.

i'm not so sure luck is a franchise guy like he's touted to be, but i'm completely on the bandwagon to draft him because nobody else is standing out like a sure thing either. however, if the right veteran comes on the market (think a kevin kolb or a kyle orton or a david garrard, etc.) i think we could stand to grab an absolute sure thing at another position, pray for a 2011 season lockout, turn around and draft a #1 quarterback the following year if the draft would even work that way.

how much will you guys love jerry richardson if the 2011 season doesn't happen and we come back in 2012 with an absolutely stacked and loaded young roster? i know i'm dreaming but am i that far off? not to mention if you just take the team we had this year, add in next years draft picks and get guys like conner, otah, davis back.....that's a huge improvement over this year. just adding experience and offseason for lafell and gettis is huge.

the cup is definitely half full over here.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2010 9:18:10 AM

draft luck or cam newton, i don't think you can go wrong with either, but clausen is not the answer..we never had a franchise qb and it's time to get one. i want a qb that we can have for 10 years strong..look at tampa bay, saints and falcons, all have franchise qb and now its our turn, if the panthers personel don't draft luck or newton i am done with this team and i hope other fans are done too..

Posted by: teemac1974 | Dec 13, 2010 9:18:24 AM

You draft Andrew Luck, and then with the two 3rd round picks you go after DT and OL. (of course unless any trades are made to give extra picks in the 2nd) After that you hope that Otah and Wharton are healthy next year and your line is automatically improved.

Just look at how much better Bradford is than Clausen. Granted his OL has been better, but if you compared his WRs with what the Panthers have, its worse or as good. Thats the difference in a bonafide #1 caliber QB and somebody who most teams passed on twice.

Posted by: Dave | Dec 13, 2010 9:30:08 AM

I say we trade down to the Bengals for Carson Palmer and use their pick for a DT. I think Carson could have a early Jake type resergance here.

Posted by: Tyler | Dec 13, 2010 9:54:03 AM

Clausen rhymes with Awesome so he must be good?

Posted by: timmy tebow | Dec 13, 2010 10:02:25 AM

Maybe matt ryan can come turn the light on when clausen has night terrors for him too. What a baby just go back to south bend and let your fans beat you up.

Posted by: timmy tebow | Dec 13, 2010 10:35:40 AM

Question for all of you - Who handles the Panther's College Scouting department? Marty Hurney doesn't have time during the regular season to be evaluating college prospects, does he? So who would be responsible for going out to the colleges and attending college games during the season to evaluate these college prospect? Who is that person and why hasn't anyone talked about his role in selecting players for the Panthers. Just curious on how the chain of command in selecting players for one's team works in the NFL. Thanks.

Posted by: george | Dec 13, 2010 11:19:43 AM

The Panthers problem is at QB and play calling. All successful teams have a good starting QB. Clausen doesn't know how to throw a short pass (too hard), throw a long pass (no arc on the ball), and makes poor decisions. Gettis is open on a lot of deep pass plays. When Edwards went in at QB, the crowd got excited.

Also, can Jeff Davidson change the first play of the game. Run over left guard for no gain is not working.

I cant even sell my upper level seats to a scalper for $10 now. Nobody wants to go to the game.

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Dec 13, 2010 11:48:09 AM

The O line ought to apologize to Clausen - they havent protected him at all this year (or Moore for that matter) and Kalil bungles at least 2 snaps a game. It is hard to believe these guys are pros - they look no better than DIII linemen.

Posted by: manu4t | Dec 13, 2010 11:55:15 AM

Doesn't this team Remind you of the one in the movie "Necessary Roughness"

Posted by: madman | Dec 13, 2010 5:25:46 PM

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