Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen entered the 2010 draft supposedly better prepared for the NFL because he played in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense at Notre Dame.
One win, nine losses, and 11 turnovers compared to three touchdowns later, and Clausen isn’t sure whether Weis’ system helped him or not.
“I don’t know,” replied Clausen when asked whether he should’ve been thrown into the fire. “…Some guys have that time to be able to sit back and watch, and I got to do that for the first three quarters of the game in the first game of the season and I got thrown in there on the last series because Matt Moore went down.”
Clausen characterized his rookie season as “a tough situation.” His hope is that it “is only going to help me get better.”
The Panthers have the No. 1 overall pick this year, and NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes that they should consider Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert if they don’t think Clausen is a franchise-caliber quarterback.
“If you have a quarterback need and believe Blaine Gabbert is a franchise quarterback,” Mayock said on Total Access Thursday night, “you have to take Blaine Gabbert at No. 1.
“And I (Mayock) believe Blaine Gabbert is a franchise quarterback.”