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Jimmy Clausen has impressed Bears in short time


An injury opened the door for Jimmy Clausen’s return to the NFL, and it appears the former Panthers punching bag/punch line has impressed coaches in Chicago.

Clausen will go to training camp, at least, after the team cut Jerrod Johnson yesterday. But after being slowed by a pectoral injury, it now appears Jordan Palmer is going to have to fend Clausen off for the No. 2 job behind Jay Cutler.

Clausen signed just over a week before the team’s minicamp, but has made a quick impression.

“No. 1 is how he handled the room. That room is hugely important; the chemistry, the karma, whatever you want to call it,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said, via Michael Wright of “In that room, the communication’s got to be good. Jimmy’s done a very good job, very maturely fit in and taken the place of trying to learn and work to learn the offense. He’s grinded at it. He spent long hours here. He’s had help from the guys in the room to get him to the place he is today. So we’ll see. We’re going through the process of working with our roster. I think he’ll be one of the guys that we do bring back, and we’ll take it one day at a time when we get to training camp.”

After being thrown to the wolves as a rookie in Carolina in 2010 (a situation which was neither his fault nor helped by his presence), Clausen hasn’t thrown a pass the last three season.

If Trestman can make Clausen a serviceable backup, he’s more Anne Sullivan than quarterback whisperer, but he’s done it with Carolina castoffs before. It’s at least worth rolling the dice on a kid once considered talented, to see what happens.

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21 Responses to “Jimmy Clausen has impressed Bears in short time”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Jun 20, 2014 7:50 AM

    If there is a more unlikeable guy in the NFL, I don’t who it is. Self centered, narcissistic, and a blowhard are three attributes that I would try to avoid in signing any player, much less my backup QB.

  2. larryboodry says: Jun 20, 2014 7:51 AM

    I hope it works out for him winning the backup job.

  3. daaabears says: Jun 20, 2014 7:54 AM

    If Trestman believes, than I believe…until further notice.

  4. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jun 20, 2014 8:07 AM

    He’s probably better than Cutler

  5. metalhead65 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:29 AM

    now that he is with the bears I hope he is great if they have to use him. but just stop with the pity party for his time with panthers. he came to dame hyped as the greatest qb ever to come out of high school and then was hyped coming out of dame as the second coming. he could have at any time done something to tone it down but instead showed up to his signing in a limo then did nothing to stop the dame hype machine during his time there. he gets no sympathy for turning out to be another over hyped product of the dame pr machine. joining the likes of quinn,teo and his girlfriend and the other dame frauds. hate to break it to you golden domers but God did not make you # 1!

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 20, 2014 8:35 AM

    He impressed the Panthers for a short time, too.

  7. andreboy1 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:46 AM

    *When Jimmy hits the field in preseason*

    “Jimmy Clausen has not impressed in short time”

  8. chalkruz1989 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:49 AM

    Jimmy Clausen is a good quarterback who had heightened expectations because he played for the Golden Domers. Expectations that he simply couldn’t live up to but if he goes in with the right attitude, coach Marc Trestman could help him either be a serviceable backup or eventual starter elsewhere.

  9. nfloracle says: Jun 20, 2014 8:59 AM

    Clausen got a really bad rap in Carolina when Fox threw him as well as Matt Moore under the bus during Fox’s last season with the Panthers.

    With Hamburger King Jerry “Big Cat” Richardson calling Clausen “Dough Boy” and Steve Smith growling and making fun of him every chance he got, it’s a wonder Clausen survived his tour in Charlotte with any confidence at all.

    Charlie Weis always said Clausen had the right stuff to be an NFL quarterback, so I hope this young man gets a legitimate chance at proving Weis right in Chicago.

  10. majahpayne8950 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:59 AM

    Don’t get me wrong I like Cutler, BUT if Trestman gets Clausen to play up to his immense talent……..Cutler could be trade bait in a couple years or just released. Chicago is getting very interesting this off-season

  11. iowamiah says: Jun 20, 2014 9:02 AM

    I don’t see Trestman just keeping the guy around if he can’t help the team.

    If we’ve learned anything from the time Emery and now Trestman have been in Chicago, is that you are not guaranteed a spot on the roster. Certainly not someone who will be in a backup position.

  12. pilot2011 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:08 AM

    I will say this, Jimmeh got a lot of heat and criticism down here for probably way too long. He was actually a great teammate and mentor for Cam that showed some good things here and there.

    Having to be rookie qb on a historically bad 2010 Panthers team, a lame duck John Fox, and an angry Steve Smith is a tough thing to adjust to.

    But of all the teams, glad he got picked up by the Chicago PantherBears.

  13. teek77 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:20 AM

    Hope Clausen does well in Chicago. Maybe the years in Carolina brought him down from his lofty throne. Initially in his career, he had a tough time knowing the difference in showing confidence and showing aarrogance. He has the ability. Question is, can he display consistency in the right situations. Good luck, Jimmy.

  14. papacrick says: Jun 20, 2014 10:22 AM

    I remember Mel Kiper saying this kid was a guaranteed HOF’er in his pre draft bull crap and blasting every QB needy team who passed on him. So naturally he was a lock to never win a game with that kiss of death.

  15. dino2997 says: Jun 20, 2014 3:49 PM

    He’s probably better than Stafford. If he plays as well as McCown he can be traded to the Lions.

  16. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 20, 2014 3:51 PM

    lionswinsuperbowl says:
    Jun 20, 2014 8:07 AM

    He’s probably better than Cutler


    Cutler is just as good if not better than Stafford, I’m leaning towards better!

    The Lions have never won a SB and have had 2 seasons above .500 since 2000. They also went 0-16 in 2008 (who the heck goes 0-16 and calls them self an NFL team) The Lions Suck….really bad!

  17. calvinthegreat81 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:43 PM

    Are we really talking Clausen?

    Let’s all be real here. Lions have the best all around talent in the division and this is the year they beat down the NFC and show everyone what their capable of. Lions 2015 SB champs!!!!!!

    Lions 11-5
    Packers 10-6
    Vikings 7-9
    Bears 6-10

  18. mortwannabe says: Jun 21, 2014 10:02 AM

    Please no Charlie Wiese references to Clausen. He should be a food critic not judging football talent.

  19. hokiebird17 says: Jun 21, 2014 11:49 AM

    Stick Clausen on the same team Cam had the next year and they maybe would’ve had had half the wins. Great in HS. Average in college. Nothing more than a backup in the pros.

  20. jgedgar70 says: Jun 23, 2014 5:54 PM

    I agree Clausen was an arrogant blowhard coming out of ND, but that train wreck of a 2010 season did in fact humble him. Once we drafted Cam, Clausen was a permanent clipboard carrier. But he never whined, didn’t blame others for his drop to 3rd on the depth chart, came to practice every day. I think he realizes he has to put in serious work to be an NFL QB, and he appears ready to put the work in. I hope he does well – except when the Bears come here to play.

  21. bnwillard says: Jun 24, 2014 10:33 PM

    Teh Jimmeh just doesn’t have the stuff. Sure, he was put in an Impossible situation in Carolina, but he doesn’t have what it takes to be a leader on the field, or in the locker room. He’s kind of a punk, and his teammates dont respect him. I’d be shocked if he locked up a #2 spot on ANY Team in the league,period.

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