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October 27, 2011

Jimmy Clausen adjusting to new role

A year ago at this point, Jimmy Clausen had started three games and played in five during his rookie season with the Panthers.

But with No. 1 pick Cam Newton breaking all sorts of rookie records and firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback, Clausen works with the scout team during the week and has yet to suit up in uniform on game days.

Clausen, the Panthers' second-round pick in 2010, has been inactive for all seven games -- a year after he went 1-9 as a starter under lame-duck coach John Fox.

"Yeah, it's hard. I want to play," Clausen said today. "But at the same time it's not my time right now. And what I'm here to do right now is to learn and to watch and learn from (No. 2 QB Derek Anderson) and the things Cam's doing, and help the team."

Clausen said he had not given much thought to his future, although first-year coach Ron Rivera said Clausen's future could be outside the organization.

In the meantime, Clausen -- who refused to give up his No. 2 jersey to Newton -- is doing what he can to help Newton in the film room.

During one film session, Clausen had to smile when he saw himself under center in a game from last season.

"It was pretty funny to look back and to see that," he said. "Just looking forward right now and doing everything I can to help the defense, help Cam and help the team win."

More on Clausen in Thursday's editions of the Observer.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on October 27, 2011 at 03:17 PM | Permalink


Funny "haha" or funny "strange"? I'll bet he meant the latter but the rest of us would agree with the former. Glad we are two plays away from Clausen 2.0 instead of only one.

Posted by: ac | Oct 27, 2011 3:35:14 PM

they need to get jimmy re signed for the long term. STAT.

Posted by: zach | Oct 27, 2011 4:33:13 PM

What a waste of a pick.

Posted by: MELISSA | Oct 27, 2011 4:52:30 PM

Jeff Davidson returns to Charlotte. This guy was never anything more than an offensive line coach. No one but a John Fox would give this guy a shot as an offensive coordinator. Like Smitty said, for 2 years he didn't need to study the playbook. Go figure.

Posted by: emoody | Oct 27, 2011 5:00:59 PM

Waste of a pick? Really? Remind me which QB DID play well with that trainwreck of a team Jerry Richardson gave us to try and prove he didn't need to pay those greedy players. Yup, thought so.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 27, 2011 7:44:56 PM

Huge waste of a pick. Look at this years second rounder Dalton, while Clausen doesn't even dress. Also amazing how Newton can get Smith the ball, but Clausen couldn't. In retrospect I guess im glad we drafted Clausen since without his dismal play we dont get Newton.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Oct 27, 2011 8:22:08 PM

Last season wasn't all Clausens fault, he had a line that would get drugged up and down the field. Clausen did however sit out of some of training camp waiting for the big check but not sure had he come to every practice he would be better.

He's a good sport though, trying to keep a positive attitude while watching himself slide down the depth chart. Going from a player that would have been a starter to not even getting to suit up on Sunday has to have a sucky feel. I just hope next preseason he shows enough to get a good trade or draft pick.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Oct 27, 2011 9:15:41 PM

Clausen shouldn't have been picked by the panthers in the 1st place, especially with a lane duck staff who weren't going to return unless made the playoffs. A coaching staff who sucks at developing Qb's etc. Qb's needs continuity for success, a coach who actually wanted and not pretending to have want him. It's surprising how he still has a job as fm here, his 2009 draft class was full of bust besides Sherrod M and captain m. Everrette B, Corvin I, Duke R etc was cut. Clausen, AE seems to be waist of high draft picks. Would Hurney have drafted Newton if Ron R and co Insisted he should?

Posted by: Next game | Oct 28, 2011 12:05:54 AM

Last season the union ordered the CP to lose 14 games or in vicinity thus no blocking for Clausen who was sacked countless times.

The reason was clear. The union mafia extortionists knew Richardson was underpaying the team per certain members in charge plus that the CP owner would be handling extortion of billions from the 32 owners.

The 2-14 would have happened regardless of Clausen. Even Luck would have suffered the same fate but he didnt because he was tipped off of the plan. Thats the real reason he stayed.

The union racket is bad news. Mafioso sydicate thugz in suits. Members swear allegiance and keep quiet or else and in it for life. They can never leave.

JC knew the scoop as a member for life. He still got paid the same but didnt want to be another Jimmy Hoffa.

In the end the mafia union got all it demanded because JR or other owners didnt want to be fished out of the Hudson River.

Posted by: nfl racket | Oct 28, 2011 11:10:54 AM

Clausen will never make it in the NFL. I am not sure he can be a viable #2. I can only imagine the whispering that went on in the film room between players when they reviewed "Jimmy under Center". It probably was one where Jimmy took the snap then dropped back, only to call down because an offensive lineman stepped on his foot....total lack of speed on the part of Clausen. OR.....Jimmy's pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage because he throws sidearm, zero's in on his receiver the minute he drops back and is not 6'5 248 Pounds.

Posted by: Shameful Shane | Oct 28, 2011 11:11:39 AM

Hurney should've traded Clausen to the Raiders earlier this season.


Posted by: TheOracle | Oct 28, 2011 8:24:15 PM

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