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February 25, 2011

Clausen: Experience will help

    Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen did an interview with former Dallas WR Michael Irvin on WQAM in Miami. Here's a transcript, via www.sportsradiointerviews.com:

     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.”

    If Carolina has a solid group of young players that to build upon to make a run at a Super Bowl in the coming years:

“Definitely.  There is a great group of guys assembled in Carolina.  That is the exciting part, obviously, we were young last year and will still be this upcoming year but growing together and being real young is just going to help us down the road.  Like you said, going 1-15 and then 3-12 and just keep building upon that you guys went to four Super Bowls after that, I think.  That is our goal right now to keep building and improving from the year before.”

    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.”

    What kind of experience the NFL Scouting Combine is and how important it is in the draft:

    “You know I think it is definitely important.  The draft is a long, long process and the combine is a big portion of that process and you have your Pro Day and then you are just waiting, sitting back until draft day.  For me, last year going in I couldn’t workout or do anything because I just had surgery on my foot but it is a good time to go into those meetings and meet the coaches, meet the general managers, and just to sit with them one-on-one face-to-face and sometimes it is going to be the first time you are going to meet a head coach or a general manger, so you could get your story out there and just get a feel for that and they could get a feel for you as well.”

    What it is like to be around the best NFL prospects at the Scouting Combine after playing and watching them:

    “It is awesome.  It is an amazing experience.  For the guys that are going through it right now, it is going to be a tough time for them because they have a lot of things to deal with but at the end of the day it is a dream come true for them and they get the opportunity to go out there on the field and compete with the best college players in their class coming out.  It is a great experience meeting different guys you either watched or played against that those relationships and friendships will last for the rest of your life.”


-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on February 25, 2011 at 02:28 PM | Permalink


you suck

Posted by: matt | Feb 25, 2011 3:03:34 PM

you suck

Posted by: matt | Feb 25, 2011 3:03:34 PM

you suck

Posted by: matt | Feb 25, 2011 3:03:35 PM

you suck

Posted by: matt | Feb 25, 2011 3:03:35 PM

I don't know if J. Clausen is the quarterback of the future or not. However, remember that he never had a training camp as #1 so he never worked with the #1's until Matt went down. Let's not be too harsh and let him compete with whoever is in camp if and when the season starts.

Posted by: LookingfortheTruth | Feb 25, 2011 4:30:14 PM

Hey Jimmy, the Burger King down the street from me has a Help Wanted sign up, bear that in mind LOL

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Feb 25, 2011 5:34:09 PM

Hey Matt,
YOU SUCK and I don't need to repeat myself three more times!!!

Posted by: Dbigcat | Feb 26, 2011 10:55:47 AM

Hey Matt,
YOU SUCK and I don't need to repeat myself three more times!!!

Posted by: Dbigcat | Feb 26, 2011 10:55:48 AM

Barely cares anymore,
Why is there an opening at Burger King? Did you lose your job?

Posted by: Dbigcat | Feb 26, 2011 10:58:51 AM

You guys are all very funny, I like that and I'm still laughing ......keep it up.

PS I doubt Clausen has the experience to work at BK. He needs to go to BKU first to learn how to toss those patties.

Posted by: trulytimely | Feb 26, 2011 4:06:02 PM

I now have a mental picture of Clausen panicking that a burger isn't cooked right and throwing it away or dropping it on the floor as he goes to put it in the bag...getting his foot stepped on by the cashier and falling down...saying "Ya know" twenty times as he confirms an order over the drive thru microphone...

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 27, 2011 10:52:50 AM

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