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Clausen slides to No. 3

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Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen is no longer No. 2 in the program.  And he’s also no longer No. 2 on the depth chart.

Clausen, the much-hyped Notre Dame quarterback who slid to round two in 2010 (48th overall) before being supplanted by Cam Newton in 2011, isn’t even Newton’s backup.  On the first depth chart of the preseason, Derek Anderson is listed as the understudy to Newton.

Yes, that Derek Anderson.

And so if Colt McCoy thinks he has it rough in Cleveland, he should look to the guy taken 37 spots ahead of him.  For now, McCoy is No. 2 on the depth chart with the Browns.

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33 Responses to “Clausen slides to No. 3”
  1. biggestredmiami says: Aug 8, 2012 10:31 AM

    Prime example of karma.

  2. nfloracle says: Aug 8, 2012 10:33 AM

    I’ve not seen Clausen play this pre-season at camp, but it’s really hard to believe he’s slipped below Derek Anderson… Derek Anderson!

    This sounds more like politics than legitimate rating. Maybe something like the Fins ranking Moore below Garrard? Gimme a break.

  3. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 8, 2012 10:37 AM

    Unless Bradford can turn things around I think we may be looking at one of the worst QB draft classes ever. I mean, Tebow has the most decorated resume so far and it isn’t even close!

  4. urworstnitemare58 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:37 AM

    Maybe the guy is hoping to get traded. Face it you know you don’t have a chance of starting with what Cam has showed us he is capable of doing.

  5. brettboatright says: Aug 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    “the much-hyped Notre Dame quarterback”?

    Oh that’s right, by Mel Kiper on draft day. There was a reason no one was listening to Mel. And why Jimmy went so late in the draft.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:42 AM

    Heh. And I remember when some people were critical of Seattle for selecting Okung and Thomas instead of Clausen in the first round two years ago.

  7. dbulls874 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:43 AM

    Um, Jimmy was the No. 3 for every single game last year. He was never active on sunday. DA has a better arm and is more suited to the Coryell-style downfield passing game. Nothing new here.

  8. dogpound216 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:45 AM

    u mean clausen isnt a starter? im so surprised considering nd qbs are so nfl ready isnt brady quinn a starter? oyea thats right hes a clipboard holder too

  9. natron91 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    Sounds like they couldn’t decide on a #2 guy so they went alphabetical order

  10. jhorton83 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:49 AM

    Clausen was #3 last year behind Anderson too, so this isn’t anything new.

  11. Ryan says: Aug 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    Clausen will never be able to overcome the 2010 season. It isn’t his fault because that was such a bad situation but he has fear in his eyes now. The opposing defenses know it, the fans know it, and obviously the coaches know it too. Tough luck Clausen.

  12. steeelfann says: Aug 8, 2012 10:51 AM

    Okay, you got Montana and Theismann, but after that, all the QB’s since………the best ends up being Stever Beuerlein!!!!!!!!

    Clausen – bust
    Quinn – bust
    Powlus – bust
    Mirer – bust
    Kent Graham – no
    Blair Kiel – no

    Maybe it is not Notre Dame’s defense after all???

  13. tshirttom says: Aug 8, 2012 10:52 AM

    Clausen has been overrated for years

  14. jmi11er says: Aug 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    As I recall, he was number 3 last year as well.

  15. brewdiggy says: Aug 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    Typical ex Notre Dame QB NFL flop.

  16. zn0rseman says: Aug 8, 2012 10:56 AM

    Bottom line: They are protecting Cam Newton.

    It is the same move that Brad Childress made in Minnesota with Tavaris Jackson. Old T-Joke was drastically outplayed by every QB that backed him up. Tyler Thigpen, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Ferrotte, ect.

    Heck, Gus Ferrotte took over for an injured TJoke and magically the Vikings had a passing game and a big winning streak that got them to the playoffs, at which point Clueless put Jackson back in at QB. What happened? TJoke went 15 of 35 (35!!!) for 164 yards, no touchdowns, a fumble lost and an interception. The Eagles played with 9 defenders in the box the entire game, just daring him to throw. Ferrotte would destroyed the Eagle swith that kind of coverage.

    It wasn’t until ownership sought out Brett Favre the that whole world realized that TJoke’s failures had nothing to do with the talent around him, he was simply worthless as a QB and his coach could no longer protect him.

    Now, the Panthers are jettisoning Clausen much like Childress dumped Thigpen, Rosenfels and Ferrotte. Anderson will never create a QB controversy… but Clausen could.

  17. larrydavidstern says: Aug 8, 2012 10:57 AM

    Where have you been? He was #3 behind Anderson all of last year as well. How anybody thought he was gonna be any good is beyond me. And yes, I’m looking at you Mel Kiper!

  18. 808skinsfan says: Aug 8, 2012 10:57 AM

    Aww too bad. Must suck not having his big brother on the coaching staff to coddle him and massage his ego.

  19. a10045 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:03 AM

    Clausen always was, is, and will always be a PUNK. A complete embarrassment to any real ND fan and a total waste of the Panthers money! What did he ever accomplish at ND? What did he win? He and Quinn are examples of overrated and under talented.

  20. Nevis says: Aug 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    Clausen, another “can’t miss” ND prospect, just like Brady Quinn.

  21. grosshop1 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:06 AM

    yeah this isn’t breaking news…

    Clausen never was #2 on the depth chart. Anderson has outplayed him by leaps and bounds. For starters he can throw the ball farther than 15 yards without it diving into the turf.

  22. kosarsmyidol says: Aug 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    I know that Clausen didn’t exactly light it up in his rookie year, but he has to have a higher ceiling than Anderson.

  23. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:18 AM

    zn0rseman says:
    Aug 8, 2012 10:56 AM
    Bottom line: They are protecting Cam Newton.

    It is the same move that Brad Childress made in Minnesota with Tavaris Jackson. Old T-Joke was drastically outplayed by every QB that backed him up. Tyler Thigpen, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Ferrotte, ect.

    Heck, Gus Ferrotte took over for an injured TJoke and magically the Vikings had a passing game and a big winning streak that got them to the playoffs, at which point Clueless put Jackson back in at QB. What happened? TJoke went 15 of 35 (35!!!) for 164 yards, no touchdowns, a fumble lost and an interception. The Eagles played with 9 defenders in the box the entire game, just daring him to throw. Ferrotte would destroyed the Eagle swith that kind of coverage.

    It wasn’t until ownership sought out Brett Favre the that whole world realized that TJoke’s failures had nothing to do with the talent around him, he was simply worthless as a QB and his coach could no longer protect him.

    Now, the Panthers are jettisoning Clausen much like Childress dumped Thigpen, Rosenfels and Ferrotte. Anderson will never create a QB controversy… but Clausen could.

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    this may be the worst comment ever left on a PFT messageboard. And that says a LOT.

  24. delhommed says: Aug 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    As mentioned earlier: CLAUSEN WAS #3 LAST YEAR! If any of you have ever seen him play, that should come as no surprise. HE STINKS! What a waste of a draft pick. Armanti Edwards (college qb converted to wr) should have started ahead of Clausen 2 seasons ago.

  25. mrfrostyj says: Aug 8, 2012 11:50 AM

    not surprised. I hear Anderson and O coordinator Rod Chudzinsky keep referring to Clausen in camp as “Quinn” and keep murmuring to themselves about how they finally got their way.

  26. mrfrostyj says: Aug 8, 2012 11:58 AM

    @sterilizecromartie

    Actually the most consistent QB of the 2010 draft is John Skelton followed by Colt McCoy then Sam Bradford, Clausen and finally Tebow.

    In other words that whole class is a bust even if Bradford does have a decent year just on the merit that Skelton and McCoy would probably outplay him on better teams since they already outplay him on horrible teams as backups with stats that are slightly below average.

  27. virusgvr says: Aug 8, 2012 12:06 PM

    This time next year… Clausen will be jockeying a register at Ace Hardware!

  28. jgedgar70 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:19 PM

    As said previously, Clausen was #3 last year and never dressed on Sunday. The only reason he’s still here is that Armanti Edwards isn’t good enough to be the emergency #3 QB.

    Clausen was put in a rotten situation in ’10. Everyone knew the coach was going to be canned at the end of the year, including the coach. The coach was a man who honestly believes that the forward pass is a crime punishable by death, and the offensive line was the worst in the history of the sport of football, at any level, in any era. Yes, that line was worse than the ’02 Texans line that runied David Carr’s life. Now Clausen is never going to be any good because he’s been Carr-ed.

  29. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 8, 2012 2:23 PM

    jgedgar70 you said it very well my friend. One issue I have with dubbing quarterback’s as busts is because of situations such as these. As a USC fan, I despised Jimmy Clausen, but I thought he was talented and had a live arm. But, he entered a situation that was a death sentence for his career. He had absolutely no help with the exception of Steve Smith but what good is he if Clausen doesn’t have a pocket to throw in. Hopefully he can find his niche somewhere else and work in as a backup and take over when the opportunity comes.

  30. grosshop1 says: Aug 8, 2012 5:39 PM

    jgedgar70 says:
    Aug 8, 2012 1:19 PM
    As said previously, Clausen was #3 last year and never dressed on Sunday. The only reason he’s still here is that Armanti Edwards isn’t good enough to be the emergency #3 QB.

    Clausen was put in a rotten situation in ’10. Everyone knew the coach was going to be canned at the end of the year, including the coach. The coach was a man who honestly believes that the forward pass is a crime punishable by death, and the offensive line was the worst in the history of the sport of football, at any level, in any era. Yes, that line was worse than the ’02 Texans line that runied David Carr’s life. Now Clausen is never going to be any good because he’s been Carr-ed.

    I completely disagree. I would not blame others on a team for his failings. Not to mention the o-line from that year…didn’t change much from 2010 to 2011. If you are using the O-line as an excuse there is no reason he shouldn’t be flourishing or improving at this point. Bad QB play is exactly that, from a bad QB. The O-line aren’t the ones with the noodle arms. They aren’t the ones who can’t throw the ball.

    Another thing to note, John Fox was NOT canned. His contract simply ran out and not extended.

  31. MichaelEdits says: Aug 8, 2012 7:16 PM

    As I reported in this space earlier, go to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Wilmington NC and you can see a whole bunch of authentic Clausen jerseys on sale. They have no other Panther swag in the store. I need to check on Charlotte, since I moved recent

  32. MichaelEdits says: Aug 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    As I reported in this space earlier, go to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Wilmington NC and you can see a whole bunch of authentic Clausen jerseys on sale. They have no other Panther swag in the store. I need to check on Charlotte, since I moved recently.

  33. 84sgl says: Aug 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    DA went to the pro bowl with the stinking Browns! He is probably still a much better QB than Jimmy.

    How bad is Anderson really? Other than Kurt Warner, what QB has flourished in Wisenhunts offense.. Or whomever is running it in Arizona? I’m not saying Derrick Anderson is a Good QB but he had an all pro year in Cleveland and has pretty much been pretty mediocre since.. I think #2 is about right for him

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