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Marty Hurney thinks judgments of Jimmy Clausen have been unfair

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If the Panthers take Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert with the first pick in the draft, they’re essentially saying that the quarterback they drafted in the second round last year, Jimmy Clausen, isn’t their starter of the future.

But the good news for Clausen is that the man who makes the decision in the Carolina draft room, Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney, has been described as Clausen’s one supporter. And in an appearance on WBT radio, Hurney said criticisms of Clausen’s rookie season have been unfair.

“You look at the history of rookie quarterbacks, and it’s really unfair to expect a quarterback to go in and have a lot of success as a rookie,” Hurney said.

It’s true that quarterback is a tough position for a rookie to play, but Clausen was viewed heading into last year’s draft as the most NFL-ready quarterback of the bunch. But far from being ready to play as a rookie, Clausen was dreadful last season, starting 10 games and completing 157 of 299 passes for 1,558 yards, with three touchdowns and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 58.4.

Overall, Hurney said, the Panthers are building for the future after a terrible 2010.

“Nobody in our organization would have ever dreamed we were going to go 2-14,” Hurney said.

In the same radio appearance, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson expressed nothing but confidence in Hurney’s ability to turn the team around.

“Marty’s done an extraordinary job,” Richardson said. “Anyone who studies the drafts he’s had would rate them very high. . . . He’s done an outstanding job drafting players.”

But so far, there’s been no evidence that Hurley made an outstanding choice when he picked Clausen.

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18 Responses to “Marty Hurney thinks judgments of Jimmy Clausen have been unfair”
  1. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 25, 2011 5:30 PM

    Sounds like Clausen has the Panthers in a real pickle.

  2. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 25, 2011 5:31 PM

    Come on, Panthers. Forget about Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert. Give Clausen another chance!

    Signed,

    Bucs Fan

  3. riderspantherssk says: Mar 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    If the Panthers end up stinking long-term, the 2010 draft will be a big reason why. Having already traded away their 1st round pick, they then pick Clausen and trade away what would become the 33rd pick in 2011 for a guy who may start an NFL game at any position. Hurney has had some great 1st rounders, but last year may have set Carolina back a long ways.

  4. riderspantherssk says: Mar 25, 2011 5:47 PM

    Typo…they traded away 2011′s 33rd overall pick for a player who may NEVER start an NFL game in Armanti Edwards.

  5. tastethejace says: Mar 25, 2011 5:53 PM

    “…but Clausen was viewed heading into last year’s draft as the most NFL-ready quarterback of the bunch.”

    Who were these people that thought THIS??

  6. j0esixpack says: Mar 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    Either he really believes that or he’s trying to maintain some trade value.

    But what do I know – I’m no professional football analyst.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 25, 2011 6:29 PM

    Maybe the GM can set on the end of the bench with Clausen since he is the only one in his corner. Clausen isn’t their QB of the future, the past or the present.

    They need so much help that it won’t matter if they use their pick on a QB of the future.

  8. dbellina says: Mar 25, 2011 6:50 PM

    I love how this article is 20 minutes before the one that says “Cam Newton will be the number 1 pick.”

  9. hobartbaker says: Mar 25, 2011 7:25 PM

    Clausen was considered a top 10 pick last year leading up to the draft. He landed on a crappy team at a crappy time. Way too early to write him off.

  10. joshsmith199065 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:48 PM

    ” Hurney has had some great 1st rounders, but last year may have set Carolina back a long ways.”

    I wouldn’t quickly judge their 2010 draft until yrs 2 or 3. On paper it seems good except the horrible AE selection, giving up this yrs 2011 2nd round pick( 33rd overall). But at the end of the play they need to produce on the field, which some did.

    Everbody knew Fox wasn’t going to return, unless he made the playoffs. He didn’t like the direction managment was going with the “youth movement”, only playing some of the rookie such as Gettis and Lafell. Who shown flashes at times, but was inconsistent. Imagine if they had a consistent Qb along a creative play callig, not elementary school at best?

    Norwood is raw, but he should be a hybrid Olb/DEnd. With Ron R and coaching staff loving to teach players from young to old, I wouldn’t be surprise he made an impact.

    Greg Hardy seems like a steal, just needs more discipline/stay focus in football. Heck he once was projected a 1st round pick before the injuries/character issues.

    Clausen should have sat and learn period, to bad he wasn’t given the chance once Moore was expose with teams watching film on him.

  11. jeremyb91 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:50 PM

    Using a rookie QB stats and rating to show how horrible he was in meaningless when you talk about QB’s who get onto horrible teams. Most of the QB’s end up on piss-poor teams and Clausen was one of them. It’s not like Clausen is on a team loaded with talent across the board.

    Because of Sam Bradford and Matt Ryan’s recent success everyone expects every rookie to have success and if he doesn’t, he’s a bust.

    I’m not defending Clausen’s potential, I’m defending the use of a meaningless stat for a player on a bad team. Look at John Elway and Troy Aikman’s rookie years and tell me that a 55 QB rating as a rookie is a guarantee that you will never succeed. You can’t, and that’s why it’s a meaningless stat.

  12. joshsmith199065 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:52 PM

    “Marty’s done an extraordinary job,” Richardson said. “Anyone who studies the drafts he’s had would rate them very high. . . . He’s done an outstanding job drafting players.”

    Lmao not recently constantly trading away high draft picks like it’s candy for E Brown, AE etc etc. This guy would have be fired from other teams with these moves. He has to be very lucky to still be a GM in this league. When Hurney actually thinks straight such as the 2008 draft, majority of all of them good picks. Then he is a solid GM, but now? No way he isn’t very good.

  13. jhorton83 says: Mar 25, 2011 8:10 PM

    tastethejace says:
    Mar 25, 2011 5:53 PM
    “…but Clausen was viewed heading into last year’s draft as the most NFL-ready quarterback of the bunch.”

    Who were these people that thought THIS??
    ————————————————–

    Mel Kiper, who also happens to be very close friends with Clausen’s agent. I’m sure that had NOTHING to do with Kiper’s constant pimping of Clausen heading into the draft though.

  14. CKL says: Mar 25, 2011 9:36 PM

    joshsmith199065 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:48 PM

    Clausen should have sat and learn period, to bad he wasn’t given the chance once Moore was expose with teams watching film on him.
    ________________________________________
    Wasn’t Clausen starting only because Moore got hurt?

  15. joshsmith199065 says: Mar 25, 2011 9:47 PM

    “Wasn’t Clausen starting only because Moore got hurt?”

    I’m not a fan of the team, so you may be right.

  16. realitypolice says: Mar 25, 2011 10:12 PM

    I have no idea whether Clausen will turn out to be a good NFL QB or not. But using his rookie stats as a reason to say he is bound to fail is a little unfair.

    Plenty of QBs who turned out to be great had miserable rookie seasons. John Elway, BRett Favre, Peyton Manning and Troy Aikman spring immediately to mind.

    Not saying Clausen is as good as those guys, in fact I am pretty sure he’s not.

    But he certainly deserves more of a shot than one season with a terrible team.

  17. brasho says: Mar 26, 2011 8:23 AM

    The last good crop of rookie QBs (Freeman, Stafford, and Sanchez) all had ratings within 2 points of each other in 2009- between 58 and 60.

    If you’re using stats to show Clausen stinks, his 58.6 rating puts him right in the Freeman, Stafford, and Sanchez range.

    I’m not saying he’s going to be good, I’m not a fan of QBs that don’t have at least some outstanding qualities, but to say he’s done because he had a low rating is ridiculous.

  18. bigdawg2011 says: Mar 26, 2011 8:41 AM

    Yeah..The most NFL Ready QB, just like Brady Quinn. They should have done their Homework and looked at the most recent disaster to come out of ND. Cut your losses and move on Carolina..this guy will stagnate the whole team..Draft Gabbert.

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