Originally posted by communist:
Originally posted by Draftology:
1.no, he doesnt have a better o-line at all...even our o-line creates sometimes a pass protection.
This guy looks like a crappier version of Alex Smith. He has a WAY better line than Alex had and WAY better receivers, yet his stats are extremely similar, if not worse. I know it's early but so far Jimmy Clausen looks like a bust, especially if the Panthers pick Andrew Luck next year.
2.better receivers? whom besides of steve smith? lafell??? gettis? we have vernon davis, westbrook and even morgan and crabtree are way better than what they have.
3.you think that he is a bust after a crappy year on a crappy team where john fox, this son of a b***h, throws him in and pulls him 2 minutes later???
jimmy has to learn how and when to step up in the pocket...he showed why it is useful to do this against the falcons...there was one very nice intermediate throw with some zip on it, after he had stepped up.
I was referring to Alex's rookie year when he had Kwame Harris as his right tackle, Brandon Lloyd as his number one wide receiver, and Kevin Barlow as his running back. If Clausen's stats were anything close to Alex's this year I wouldn't have a problem, but he looks like they took a kicker and threw him in at quarterback. He has even apologized to his team for being so crappy. And btw, that's not leadership, that is shame. A leader would apologize in private, and his teammates would respect him for it. Based on Steve Smith's comments, the respect isn't there.
It's not even a question that this Panthers team is better than that 2005 Niners team was. The two biggest differences between this team and last year's team (who went 8-8) are the loss of Julius Peppers (doesn't affect Clausen's gameplay except for maybe giving him some more pass attempts) and the loss of Jake Delhomme who played terribly last year. This guy is also coming from a pro style offense so he is expected to be productive somewhat early, unlike Alex who came from the spread, so he wasn't supposed to be great his rookie year.
I feel like there are so many Notre Dame homers here that people will be making excuses for Clausen his entire career, just like Alex. Before this season, the Panthers' line was regarded as one of the better lines in the league. Yes, there have been injuries, but Clausen still is playing WAAAY worse than he should be.
[ Edited by Draftology on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM ]