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Steve Smith on Jimmy Clausen: “He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore”

The questions about Jimmy Clausen during the build-up to the draft were less about his arm strength, and more about his ability to lead men.

Clausen has struggled mightily on the field, like many rookie quarterbacks.   Based on some comments from wide receiver Steve Smith, Clausen also may be struggling with how to command respect from veterans around him.

After Carolina’s 31-10 loss to the Falcons, Clausen sought out linebacker Jon Beason to apologize for his poor play.  Smith was asked what he thought of the matter:

“I’m the last guy to tell anybody to be apologizing, but if you’re going to apologize, you know, you should apologize to the people in the huddle with you,” Smith said via Steve Reed of   “He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore, that’s for sure.”

Sensing he said too much, Smith ended his session with the Panthers media right there.   Clausen was later asked about Smith’s comments.

“I didn’t hear Steve say that, so I can’t comment on something that he didn’t say to me,” Clausen said.

UPDATE: Here’s video of Smith’s talk.

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26 Responses to “Steve Smith on Jimmy Clausen: “He ain’t at Notre Dame anymore””
  1. ralphwilsonsucks says: Dec 13, 2010 12:37 PM

    Time to move on Steve from the Panthers.

  2. beckzhere says: Dec 13, 2010 12:40 PM

    HAHAHA, that was a fun game to watch! I can’t wait till they come to Atlanta, I’m talking about a beatdown of monumental proportions. They will get knuckled-down by our backups and our backups’-backups. Keep up the good work Jimmy, see you again in a few weeks.

  3. wallacejay says: Dec 13, 2010 12:48 PM

    I surprised Smith is even on the field. He’s usually done by now.

  4. kellyb9 says: Dec 13, 2010 12:48 PM

    Not that I’m defending that abomination of a team in Carolina, but I love how these guys call out rookie players expecting them to come in and play like Tom Brady off the bench. This team stunk before Clausen. Also, I think this league is far too quick to write off players (especially QB’s). Every year guys like Clausen end up in entirely different offenses because these stupid owners expect a one year turnaround from head coaches. How good would Peyton Manning have been if he had to learn a different offense every year. Probably not nearly as good as he is because they stuck with the system.

  5. iselldrugstoandyreidskids says: Dec 13, 2010 12:59 PM

    Well it’s kinda hard to earn respect from the veterans when he’s playing like hot garbage if he was playing good not even like sam Bradford good but like John kitna pedestrian good he would’ve earned those guys respect weeks ago

  6. rossmilton says: Dec 13, 2010 1:17 PM

    I think Ken Lucas has something to say about Steve Smith’s leadership abilities.

  7. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 13, 2010 1:20 PM

    Jimmy Clausen should have stayed at Notre Dame one more year.

    I am not surprised he is stinking up the place.

  8. billsfan27 says: Dec 13, 2010 1:21 PM

    Clausen sucks.

  9. Jack Burton says: Dec 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    Doesn’t help that their bacfield is being led by Mike Goodsen when they expected it to be Deangelo and Johnathan.

  10. savocabol1 says: Dec 13, 2010 1:22 PM

    The Browns would love to have you on our side Steve. See you next year.

  11. delhommed says: Dec 13, 2010 1:25 PM

    Jimmy Clausen sucked even at Notre Dame! He looks very similar to David Carr during his Carolina days. HATE Richardson!

  12. nowathand says: Dec 13, 2010 1:34 PM

    Wallacejay, Steve Smith has missed seven games in the last six seasons.

  13. cowboys4life says: Dec 13, 2010 1:35 PM

    I would say the Panthers ownership is the worst in the league. Yes, worse than Denver and Arizona. Before Steve Smith blames his QB he should blame is GM for not giving him a supporting cast.

  14. thenewwisewoo says: Dec 13, 2010 1:37 PM


    That wasn’t that mean or anything. It’s true… i’m sure Jimmy is thinking the same thing. Not a big deal.

    You know who i’d love for this site to slam, though?

    Jerry Richardson – cheap ass jerk face ruined our franchise.

  15. georgedafourth says: Dec 13, 2010 1:45 PM

    It coulda been worse. Steve Smith could have solved his issue with Clausen the way he usually solves his problems with teammates and broke his jaw

  16. flyinhighwithvick says: Dec 13, 2010 1:48 PM

    What, besides nothing, has Steve Smith done since the year the Panthers went to the Super Bowl? Maybe if he got open, Clausen wouldn’t be so bad.

    At least he didn’t break Clausen’s jaw like he did that cornerback a few years ago.

    Yea Steve Smith is a guy I’d want on my squad.

  17. radrntn says: Dec 13, 2010 2:10 PM

    well maybe he was trying to give Steve Smith a lesson on what he should be doing

  18. earlcampbellrules says: Dec 13, 2010 2:21 PM

    Clausen is an absolute joke. Derek Anderson thinks he sucks.

  19. CKL says: Dec 13, 2010 2:48 PM

    Why Steve, how COULD you call out your “franchise QB you haven’t had in a long time” like that?

    What goes around comes around.

  20. andyreidsappetite says: Dec 13, 2010 2:50 PM

    Too bad this Steve Smith isn’t even the best Steve Smith anymore.

  21. dkhhuey says: Dec 13, 2010 2:52 PM

    Obviously Jimmy fall in line with his predecessor and fellow ND failure Brady Quinn. Glad I don’t make a living as a scout because I thought these two guys sucked in college but for some reason, they were suppose to be great pro style QBs. Perhaps the over inflated image of sorry Charlie and the university of ND that obscured the scouts vision but it doesn’t appear they were all that accurate about their assessment.

  22. notredamegirl says: Dec 13, 2010 2:59 PM

    How about this dude shut up let the kid get use to the NFL type of play.

  23. scotchrocks says: Dec 13, 2010 3:08 PM

    Reminds me of the time Steve Smith called out Dwayne Jarrett. lol

  24. mezanine10 says: Dec 13, 2010 3:19 PM

    “Jimmy Clausen is a great QB. I’ll stake my reputation on that.”


    Mel Kiper Jr.

  25. kimcon22000 says: Dec 13, 2010 4:33 PM

    With a name like Jimmy Clausen; he’s better suited to be one of Santa’s elves ………………..

  26. commandercornpone says: Dec 13, 2010 9:08 PM

    smith isnt just famous for suckerpunching people.

    he also throws QBs under the bus regularly. ask jake about it.

    it was smith’s time to shine this year and prove he could carry the team all by his peewee self.

    he couldnt. he should learn to apologize.

    assuming he leaves carolina, i dont see a real established good team picking him up. he is a ticking firecracker.

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