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Jimmy Clausen loves Pete Carroll "to death"

Jimmy Clausen chose Notre Dame over USC three years ago, but Clausen says that doesn’t mean he’s not a fan of Pete Carroll.

“I definitely know coach Carroll very very well,” Clausen said Saturday.  “It came down to Notre Dame and USC, but coach Weis was the better pro-style option.  Coach Carroll is a person, I love him to death.  I haven’t seen him yet [this week].  I hope to.”

Carroll’s knowledge of college players and former recruits like Clausen give him an edge over other coaches.  His relationship with Clausen is another factor to keep in mind when slotting where Clausen might land.

If Carroll wants to reboot the Seahawks franchise with a quarterback of the future, he may not be able to wait until Seattle’s fourteenth overall pick to do it.  Seattle also holds the sixth pick.

Clausen spent a lot of time discussing the “inaccurate perceptions” about his lack of leadership skills during his media session.  Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times asked Clausen what those perceptions were.

“Some people say I’m cocky, I’m arrogant, that I’m not a good leader or a teammate.  The people that are out there saying that don’t know me as a person.”

Clausen said this week was all about showing NFL teams who he really is, a self-described “humble kid” that loves to hang out with his teammates.

We would wonder whether calling yourself humble is like calling yourself a classy guy, but then we’d hear from the Notre Dame homers like Silva.

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19 Responses to “Jimmy Clausen loves Pete Carroll "to death"”
  1. Stetson wears panties says: Feb 27, 2010 1:32 PM

    Hey Jimmy.
    Your brother Casey would be a better option at QB and he failed to make it.

  2. Laxer37 says: Feb 27, 2010 1:36 PM

    How could Clausen not be “a humble kid”.
    He played under Charlie Weiss, the most humble man ever to walk the planet!

  3. automaton37 says: Feb 27, 2010 1:40 PM

    get it together and add appropriate hyperlinks
    love you,

  4. JaggedMark says: Feb 27, 2010 1:47 PM

    Here’s the best point/question you’ll get all day.
    Does everyone remember Pete Carroll’s remarks about quarterbacks coming out early, and how their success rate drops dramatically from those that play through their senior season.
    It was a big deal. He took a lot of grief over it.
    Would he actually draft a junior QB with that high of a pick after all he said at Sanchez’s exit conference?

  5. Dr. Steve says: Feb 27, 2010 1:50 PM

    The very essence of arrogance is describing youself as a “humble kid.” If Clausen were humble, it would be evident in his personal behavior.

  6. Jeff says: Feb 27, 2010 1:56 PM

    What Jimmy meant to say was ‘I couldnt crack the depth chart as SC so Notre Dame was a better option.”
    Oh and Jimmy people dont think you cocky they know your cocky. You showed up to ND in a limo wearing all your high schol championship rings.

  7. IndyWilson says: Feb 27, 2010 2:02 PM

    Hey stetson wears panties, Are you by chance the Raiders GM? A genius you are not.

  8. East Bay Ray says: Feb 27, 2010 2:07 PM

    Translation: “the people who call me arrogant are just jealous because I’m better than they are.”

  9. Florio-is-a-tool says: Feb 27, 2010 2:16 PM

    “”Some people say I’m cocky, I’m arrogant, that I’m not a good leader or a teammate….” No, most people think Clausen’s a douchebag who couldn’t lead stink to brie.

  10. irishgary says: Feb 27, 2010 2:22 PM

    @ Jeff,
    dude take a class in grammar

  11. Cincy007 says: Feb 27, 2010 2:30 PM

    Hey Stetson,
    Fun filled facts about Jimmy for you…
    1.Rivals High School Junior of the Year
    2.Received the Hall Trophy (actually called the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year Award) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (Did Casey do that….)
    Average Passes Between INTs…………………
    1. Kellen Moore, Boise State 109.7
    2. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame 98.8
    3. Case Keenum, Houston 92.2
    Category # NCAA Rank
    Total Passing Yards 3382 4th
    Passing Yards/Game 307.45 5th
    Passing Efficiency 156.45 7th
    Total Offense/Game 300.18 6th
    Total Offense Yards 3302 5th
    Fewest Interceptions 4 t-5th
    Completion Percentage 67.34 10th
    He may not be your fav guy, or played on your fav college team….
    But..He’s been a hell of a QB at every level so far.
    Your Comment = FAIL
    P.S – TONY PIKE is the steal of the draft

  12. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Feb 27, 2010 2:48 PM

    Despite what Mel Kiper and his man-crush on Clausen say he is not going to be a good NFL QB. Yes, he played in a “pro-style” offense, but what did that get them? Fat-ass got fired and I didn’t see Notre Dame tearing up the BCS and contending for a national championship.
    I truly hope no one takes this guy in the top ten or anywhere near despite Kiper’s claim that he has all of these “intangibles”. I think Heath Shuler had “intangibles” and he sucked.
    I really don’t think there is a QB in the draft that is worth a first round pick let alone a top ten.

  13. mnmaverick says: Feb 27, 2010 3:04 PM

    Clausen reminds me of Jon Kitna.
    Nothing special.
    Seattle can have him.

  14. Blueandgold says: Feb 27, 2010 3:17 PM

    Notre Dame woes last year were not because of Clausen or the offense. It was the defense that couldn’t stop anybody. Clausen with played with an injury almost the season. Did anybody see there offense when he was out part of the Michigan State game. The offense couldn’t complete a pass. As a freshman Clausen was sacked an outrageous amount. Some people couldn’t comeback from that.

  15. Byrd Is The Word says: Feb 27, 2010 3:26 PM

    @ irishgary
    Thank you to the grammar police. The lack of one comma certainly ruined my entire day.

  16. CYGNUS X-1 says: Feb 27, 2010 3:40 PM

    I realy don’t care how he turns out in the pros all I know is he came to dame along with fatboy with alot of hype and lead his team to a bowl victory against a jv team from the football powerhouse hawaii. all they did and are still doing is make alot of excuses as to why they sucked.if he did not want to be percieved that way then maybe he should have acted a little more humble when he arrived at dame. he did not have to do all the interviews and pub for them but did so if he did not live up to all the hype he helped bring why should he be surprised people think of him like they do?

  17. Dawgpound2009 says: Feb 27, 2010 4:10 PM

    Jimmy Clausen = Another Brady Quinn waiting to happen = Overrated Mel Kiper hyped bust

  18. FumbleNuts says: Feb 27, 2010 4:29 PM

    Seahawks won’t draft a QB in round 1.
    Mark that down!

  19. Stetson wears panties says: Feb 27, 2010 5:35 PM

    He’s just another pussy that has jacked up stats in the Weiss offense. He’s not even equal to Brady Quinn.
    I hope he goes first round so he can become a Ryan Leafesque type bust.

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