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April 28, 2011

What becomes of Clausen?

Minutes after Cam Newton was announced as the top pick, the quarterback he hopes to replace sent a note of congratulations into cyberspace.

“Congrats to Cam Newton!” Jimmy Clausen wrote on his Twitter feed. “Welcome to the Panthers.”

Clausen was in Newton's shoes a year ago – the first player drafted by the Panthers (second round, 48th overall) and the assumed quarterback of the future.

Now Clausen's future is a lot murkier.

But general manager Marty Hurney is still a Clausen believer.

“I've said this time and time again, Jimmy's going to be a good football player and I believe he's going to play in this league,” Hurney said. “It's a critical position. All you have to do is look back to our recent seasons to know you need depth at that position.

“I know this – Jimmy's going to come in and compete, and he's going to practice as well and hard as he can, and play as well and hard as he can. And we're going to get everything he's got.”

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Panthers became only the third team since 1970 to take quarterbacks in the first 50 picks in consecutive drafts.

The others were in 1982 and '83. The Bills drafted Matt Kofler 48th overall in '82, then took Jim Kelly 14th the following year.

Baltimore took Art Schlichter at No. 4 in '82 before snagging John Elway first in '83.

Kelly played in the USFL before going to Buffalo three years later. Elway never played for Baltimore.

--Joseph Person




Posted by Observer Sports on April 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM | Permalink


He plays the first few games of the 2011-2012 season, taking turns throwing the ball out of bounds and off of the forearms of opposing DTs. After the first quarter of the season is in the books, Rivera hands him a clipboard and goes back to Matt Moore, who finishes the season leading the Panthers to an admirable 6-10 mark, leading the way for Cam Newton to enter the 2012-2013 season as the starter.

Posted by: emlit | Apr 28, 2011 11:15:57 PM

6-10 wow, you're optimistic

Posted by: Zach | Apr 28, 2011 11:27:35 PM

Let the games begin

Posted by: johnnie | Apr 28, 2011 11:47:09 PM

This pick will be on Marty Hurney but I'm glad he had the big grapes to make the damn pick. Now the coaches have have to do their jobs and put a good product on the field. If the team competes I'm good

Posted by: johnnie | Apr 28, 2011 11:53:14 PM

trade him to Atlanta so we can play against him and win

Posted by: Stephen | Apr 29, 2011 12:05:33 AM

If you trade him to Atlanta, you're still going to be playing against Matt Ryan. He can hold a clipboard here as well as anywhere else.

Posted by: DaveT | Apr 29, 2011 12:10:34 AM

6-10? That's funny.

2-14 again with the #1 pick and Andrew Luck staring them in the face, and no way to pick him. Luck goes on to a HOF career, sCam goes to jail.

Posted by: Phil | Apr 29, 2011 12:21:18 AM

Jimmy's going to arizona!...sorry Fitzgerald!

Posted by: Allen Cooper | Apr 29, 2011 12:26:18 AM

I agree Jimmy will be shipped to Arizona.

We'll go into the season with Pike and Moore under Cam, and trade Jimmy and a draft for 2012 to Arizona for Breaston or Doucet.

Posted by: Christian | Apr 29, 2011 12:38:59 AM

The fun thing is, we already have a poor mans Newton in Armanti. So I think we are in a very good spot to design a one-look-take-off playbook, it Cam is hurt Armanti can be a short term option.

I know this is not the way it is done in pro football. But hey, it is not like it worked out for us last year anyway. Might as well try.

Keep Moore if Cam is not ready and let Clausen handle the scout team. There is no room for Pike.

Posted by: Thorrez | Apr 29, 2011 5:10:19 AM

Cam was a good pick. We fans have something to be excited about. I do not know any other pick (n0 matter how good) would have created much excited.

Posted by: Himountain | Apr 29, 2011 5:18:02 AM

First I don't think 6-10 is optimistic. Look at the schedule. We will be better on D and more aggressive on offense this year and have 7-8 teams we CAN beat but I think 8 is a max. Next... Arizona?? why? Cause WE want one of their receivers? I don't think they want clausen but I sure hope the eagles do (draft pick and clausen for kolb). Oh and why in the @&$@" is NO ONE talking about smitty clearing out his locker and luxury suite before the lockout and talking about wanting a trade??? Read it on the ESPN ticker.... THAT'S our potential problem!

Posted by: Handyman | Apr 29, 2011 6:25:28 AM

Newton plays his first game early next season, plays like a rookie and the team loses, and all the armchair quarterback fans line up to crucify him. Nevermind that there are still major problems at about every single offensive position, the blame will lie soley on Cam and by seasons end, you all will have him shipped off to another team.

Posted by: Abrickey | Apr 29, 2011 6:35:25 AM

Matt Moore will be the starter. Panther Fans have a very short memory about what he has proven in the NFL. Read the following from his 5 starts in 2009. Please look at the names of the guys involved in the plays, most were either gone, or on IR during preseason, or at the start of 2010:

.In five starts, completed 79-of-126 passes for 990 yards and eight touchdowns with one interception to generate a 104.9 quarterback rating...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/6): Made first start of the season in place of an injured Delhomme...Completed 14-of-20 passes for 161 yards with one interception...Vs. Minnesota (12/20): Established single-game highs of 21 completions, 33 attempts, 299 yards and three touchdowns...Threw touchdowns of one yard to fullback Brad Hoover, 42 yards to wide receiver Steve Smith and two yards to running back Jonathan Stewart...At New York Giants (12/27): Compiled single-game highs with a 75.0 completion percentage and 139.8 quarterback rating on 15-of-20 passing for 171 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions...Matched single-game high of three touchdowns on scoring strikes of 22 yards to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, two yards to tight end Jeff King and 27 yards to Smith.

Posted by: Panix | Apr 29, 2011 7:06:16 AM

How long before Panther fans boo the offense and chant "We want Cam"?

Posted by: Nosebleed fan | Apr 29, 2011 7:25:46 AM

Hurney has alot of experience disposing of wasted draft picks not only with the Panthers but with the Chargers...Ryan Leaf?
Should make it easy to give Fig Newton away after this year ala Peppers.
Hurney has got to be the worst football non-mind in the world.

Posted by: can't believe it | Apr 29, 2011 7:37:17 AM

6-10 is what we will get if we are lucky. I can't see 4 winnable games on the schedule. Maybe the Jags, Vikes, Cards, and Washington, and I'm not even sold on wining any or those.

Posted by: Adam | Apr 29, 2011 7:55:08 AM

How many 2nd round bust has Hurney drafted during his tenure here? How does he still have a job? Yes it because he is a yes man?

There was a reason teams has passed up on Clausen, not once but twice. But dumbass Hurney couldn't see it besides thinking he is a grade 1 talent. Hopefully a team might trade for him, which is unlikely. Rumors has it he wants to trade back into the 2nd round, well if he wasn't a dummy to trading it in the first place they wouldn't have been in this situation. Now he's going to surrender more future, when will this stop? Congrats to Newton btw.

Posted by: jerome | Apr 29, 2011 8:01:25 AM

Most of YOU who are complaining about MR. NEWTON are the same fairweather fans who APPLAUDED the CLAUSEN pick last year. You were wrong than and your wrong now. If the Coaching staff handles this KID right, you will have an exciting season and the Birth of a Franchise Quaterback. Whether you JUDGEMENTAL PERFECT PEOPLE like it or not he is here. So come down of your HIGH HORSE and give him a chance.Unless you have some type of CRYSTAL BALL you dont know how this will play out,or if you will even have the first pick next year to get a Andrew Luck. To be honest if he wanted to come to Charlotte he would have done it this year. He knew he was the first pick and where he would go but he didn't want to come to you judgemental, know it all, but don't know nothing fans.

Posted by: Richard Green | Apr 29, 2011 8:38:10 AM

The Panthers front office continues as the laughing stock of the NFL. Last year we pick up Clausen when he would have been avaliable in the 4th or 5th round. This year we take Newton #1 when the majority of experts have him as the 13th or 14th pick.

It all starts with Richardson, and we all know he is the biggest Dbag in the league. I love going to NFL games, but I am almost at the point of wishing this team would move.

Posted by: 1-15 her we come | Apr 29, 2011 8:38:59 AM

6-10??? Where are people coming up with this ridiculous figure? According to the NFL.com website, we have the hardest schedule in the league next year, including the Super Bowl champs in week 2. Do people really think sCam is going to be our savior? Please. He will start a couple of games, get injured, and spend the rest of the season on the bench while Clausen and Moore pick up the pieces. Hopefully we have a shot at Andrew Luck next year...

Posted by: JB | Apr 29, 2011 8:52:09 AM

And when the Panthers draft Andrew Luck next year they will be the first team in history to draft quarterbacks in the first 50 picks in 3 successive drafts.

Posted by: Oh Well | Apr 29, 2011 9:13:00 AM

some of you are pathetic.. i cant wait for all you losers to wipe the egg off your faces..

Posted by: CAPTAIN OBVIOUS | Apr 29, 2011 9:28:33 AM

I was in favor of trading the pick, but obviously there was no interest from other teams. That said, Newton was the obvious pick. Now we need to get behind the team and Newton and hope this choice will become the Franchise QB that the team so desperately needs. Hopefully, we will know by 2012.

Posted by: SC Ken | Apr 29, 2011 9:29:32 AM

Keep Clausen as a back up. Trade Pike for a low draft choice, once trades can happen again, or release him. Matt Moore is not under contract, so you can't count him. Maybe Clausen will start showing signs of brilliance in another year or two, during pre-season or fill in roles. Then you can trade him. But the Panthers need to keep him for now until they see what Cam can do.

Posted by: Steeler and Panther fan | Apr 29, 2011 10:01:29 AM

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