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Montana talks Clausen

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana doesn’t emerge from his shell too often, unless it’s to create Skechers shoe ads.  NFL.com got him talking about this year’s quarterback class, and Montana is well aware of the attitude concerns about fellow Notre Dame alum Jimmy Clausen. 

He just doesn’t see them as a negative.
“He came in with a little bit more of an attitude than most people wanted, but if you don’t have an attitude, you don’t make it in the league,” Montana said of Clausen. “You can’t be timid and shy.
“Jimmy comes from a system that’s been run in the NFL, so he’s been under center and in the shotgun.  He has all those things that are intangible.  He’s a tremendous competitor,” added the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback.  “The easiest way that you can find out about guys is the old fashioned way, and that’s to turn on the tape.  Watch the game, and can he play? Watch who he’s playing against, and watch the things he does. I think some teams lose sight of that.”
Seemingly, few observers question Clausen’s game film.  According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, Clausen possesses a top-ten skill set.  Apparently, though, Clausen is still in store for a Dan Marino-like slide.
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25 Responses to “Montana talks Clausen”
  1. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Apr 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    That’s what I’m talking about Joe. Watch the damn tape!!
    ‘Nation!!

  2. wrath4771 says: Apr 22, 2010 4:40 PM

    I look at Claussen and I see Jeff George without the George cannon. I think he can play, but I see a solid NFL quarterback and not a franchise quarterback.

  3. Slow Joe says: Apr 22, 2010 4:40 PM

    I think it’s funny that anyone would use a 50+ year-old dude to shill athletic sneakers. “Yes, these sneaks are GREAT for me getting my paper in the morning and shoo-ing away them gald-dang kids off my lawn!”
    I’m not hating. I still think Joe Cool was the best QB in NFL history.

  4. robert ethan says: Apr 22, 2010 4:42 PM

    I agree with Montana. It’s all about knowing who you are and accepting that. That is why Clausen and Tebow will do better than Bradford or McCoy. The first two have an unshakable sense of self.

  5. Phreakin says: Apr 22, 2010 4:43 PM

    Calling it right now. he goes to Cleveland in the first round.

  6. BwareDware says: Apr 22, 2010 4:44 PM

    didnt montana’s kid attend the same high school as clausen?

  7. klungemonger says: Apr 22, 2010 4:44 PM

    IF he’s that good, some smart team will take him near the top or trade up to get him. The Jets surprised alot of people jumping way up to grab Sancheez last year. All this talk of “he’s headed for a slide” is pure speculation…like pretty much everything else that’s been said about what’s going to happen in the draft, as though it were fact already.

  8. BuffaloMike says: Apr 22, 2010 4:48 PM

    hopefully he slides right in to buffalo

  9. jibfest says: Apr 22, 2010 4:50 PM

    When Joe Montana talks, I listen.

  10. kagriff24 says: Apr 22, 2010 4:51 PM

    those who pass on him will be sorry!

  11. Dogsweat says: Apr 22, 2010 4:52 PM

    Jimmy loves the 49ers.

  12. GRID says: Apr 22, 2010 4:57 PM

    If I’m not mistaken, Joe Montana’s son went to the same QB guru as Clausen.

  13. jibfest says: Apr 22, 2010 5:02 PM

    “He’s the Linebacker since Joe Montana”.
    “Joe Montana was a Quarterback you idiot”.
    “I said Joe Montegna!”.

  14. this class sucks says: Apr 22, 2010 5:05 PM

    Slow Joe
    maybe they were going for that generation lol. But yeah I agree best ever by far.
    I also agree with what Joe says about tape. Lol just watch the tape.

  15. LighTsouT says: Apr 22, 2010 5:11 PM

    @Slow Joe: the shows are the reason he’s making a comeback to the NFL bro. ALL shoes. Brought back all of his health and physical talents. He’s ready for another 10 years in the NFL, let’s see Favre top that.

  16. Dustin Chandler says: Apr 22, 2010 5:15 PM

    bottom line….
    to be a great QB in the NFL you have to have a weird last name…
    think about it.

  17. mr_snrub says: Apr 22, 2010 5:16 PM

    The only team I hate more in college football than Notre Dame is Notre Dame coached by Charlie Weiss and quarterbacked by Jimmy Clausen.
    Clausen is the steal of the draft and I can only dream that my team makes him its first pick.

  18. downwithdansnyder says: Apr 22, 2010 5:17 PM

    ” Apparently, though, Clausen is still in store for a Dan Marino-like slide.”
    Umm, don’t you think all those teams that passed on Marino regret it to this day?

  19. kev86 says: Apr 22, 2010 5:19 PM

    Anyone remember if he endorsed Mirer? Im way too burnt.

  20. realitypolice says: Apr 22, 2010 5:25 PM

    Who Jimmy Clausen?

  21. Icon says: Apr 22, 2010 6:02 PM

    My Chiefs should take Jimmy Clausen – he’s a far better QB already than mutt ca$$el… then again, I’m a far better QB than mutt…

  22. SkunkGooseFly says: Apr 22, 2010 6:04 PM

    Got to stay healthy to play QB in the NFL. Thats why Bradford won’t make. Clausen will do just. He’s a tough kid.

  23. Gary says: Apr 22, 2010 6:16 PM

    Joe Montana backing Clausen….what a surprise that is!!

  24. Howboutdemcowboys says: Apr 22, 2010 6:55 PM

    @ BwareDware
    Yes they went to the same school. . .along with Wayne Gretzky’s kid and Will Smith’s son.

  25. earlycuyler says: Apr 22, 2010 7:13 PM

    Elway had a ton of swagger coming out of school. Turned out alright for him. Not comparing Clausen to Elway – I personally don’t like the kid – but a team would be stupid to be scared off by a confident attitude.

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