Jimmy Clausen has Andrew Luck in his rear-view mirror

The Carolina Panthers have the worst record in the NFL, and there’s already talk that they’ll use the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. If they do, that would mean this year’s second-round pick, Jimmy Clausen, isn’t the quarterback of the franchise’s future.

Fortunately for Clausen, he has the opportunity to win a couple games over the final four games of the season and prevent the Panthers from having the league’s worst record. And he says that’s his goal.

I’m trying to do everything I can to do that,” Clausen said, per Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer. “I’m trying to do everything I can to get us a victory, and that’s the only thing I can control is going out each day, trying to get better, get the team better and try to get a W on Sunday.”

When asked specifically if he’s motivated by staving off Luck coming in and taking his job, however, Clausen said he didn’t want to get into that.

“That’s for you guys to judge that,” Clausen told reporters. “I’m just trying to get better each and every day and each and every game.”

It’s premature to call anyone a lock for the No. 1 overall pick (remember those reports that the Texans had already decided to draft USC running back Reggie Bush first overall in 2006?), but Luck certainly appears to be a good fit for the Panthers, and the Panthers are the front runners to have the first pick. Clausen has four weeks to change that.

12 responses to “Jimmy Clausen has Andrew Luck in his rear-view mirror

  1. One way to look at it is that either way (he stays in Carolina or they draft Luck) Clausen has a chance to showcase his talents to the rest of the NFL.

    I can see Al Davis (who doesn’t have a first round pick next year to pick a QB) trying to package a trade to bring Clausen to Oakland to challenge Campbell for the starting QB job.

  2. Very interesting situation Jimmy is in. Still, I wouldn’t consider Luck a lock for the top pick. It all depends on who the next coach is for the Panthers (assuming they are picking #1). This is a team with a ton of needs and they might opt to take some d-line or o-line help and take a qb later in the draft. Also the team has been in need of a great wr to go opposite Smith, and if they are picking in the top 5, AJ Green will be sitting right there for the taking.

  3. By the way, this is how the headline reads in the PFT Latest News and Rumors section on the bottom left of the screen.

    Jimmy Clausen has Andrew Luck in his rear-

  4. Clausen really isn’t getting a fair shake at this thing. Carolina is awful all around. The O-line stinks. He has one talented (and loud-mouthed) WR to throw to, along with a bunch of rookies. And all of a sudden they have an average running game.

    I agree that they have to take Luck if the opportunity present itself, especially if they have a new head coach by then. The new coach will have no ties to Clausen. But, even if they win a few games and end up with the #3 or #4 spot where they aren’t in a position to take Luck, it isn’t the end of the world for them. They have so many holes, they can’t go wrong with any pick even if Luck isn’t available.

  5. Clausen thought it was just some goofy looking Ozark hillbilly in his mirror until they told him it was Andrew Luck.

  6. I never got the Clausen love. Charlie Weis helped Brady and Matt Cassel look great, he make Brady Frickin Quinn look like a world beater, and yet Jimmy Clausen was nothing but mediocre at ND. Why would anyone think that would translate to a sucessful NFL career?

  7. If Carolina was smart, and shop that pick for someone that really wants Luck, trade down and snag a boatload of picks for the new regime.

  8. Got to love it. Still remember about Mel Kiper talking about how jimmy clausen is going to be a superb nfl qb simply because ‘he played under a pro style system under weis’ despite the fact that bradford had better intangibles, decision making, arm strength, and accuracy. oh, and the notion that bradford is going to struggle in the NFL because he didn’t take snaps under lineman’s butts in college.

    So funny

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