Bears Sign QB Jimmy Clausen

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    Now surely we know what camp fodder is after a team drafted a sixth round QB.

    And dont call me Shirley.


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    At first I thought picking him up was a detour that could distrupt the cohesion of the offensive unit. But after looking into his background further, he may have some mileage left. There are two things that are interesting, he seems to look relaxed in the pocket and focus on letting the play progress downfield. He doesn't seem to constantly look over his sholder for the rushing defense. Second he can also throw the ball well, although it looks like he needs to add some consistancy. Who knows, he may be gone by September.
     
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    Clausen's had a lot of surgeries for being 26. Throwing arm elbow in college. Torn labrum in 2013. Two right foot surgeries in 2010. What are this guy's ligaments made out of, rubber bands?

    He's been on an NFL roster for four years. Got one year of starter attention, and three years of neglect. If he can motivate himself to study the playbook, he could push to be on the roster. I'm curious about the intention to carry 5 QB's thing.

    This statement right here concerns me: Clausen told USA Today he believes "right now is the healthiest I've been since my junior year in college."

    Well, what the hell was he doing from 2011 to 2013 on Carolina's depth chart that he wasn't healthy? Maybe it's just flashbacks from Tommie Harris days, when he would tell reporters he's super healthy in May then a couple months later when he was playing bad say that he just had surgery.
     
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    As of right now he has as good of a chance at the number 2 as anyone else on this roster. Ya know, it may or may not work out come TC but again, I like the way this new regime rolls. We bring in anyone available who can possibly be alright, and let the best man win camp battles. Not the old way that went, "uh...here ya go bud...your the only one we have..so..uhh..dont suck."
     
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    I don't know of one player who won't lie about his health before and during the preseason when he's out there fighting for a job that requires him to be at 100% to do it well. They all say that so I tend to take it with a grain of salt. If they're 100% they'll play like it and if not then sooner or later it will become reason #1 why they aren't playing well.

    The list of available vet QBs to bring in for a look was pretty dismal so Clausen is probably as good a choice as any. FWIW Emery has never been comfortable going into the season without a vet backup ergo his reason for signing Campbell two years ago when he didn't believe McCown had enough recent playing experience to handle it at that time.

    It looks like somewhat the same deal now. Palmer has almost nada for NFL game experience and neither of the other two has any so Clausen at least has some. They may still be comfortable with Palmer but now they have a vet to compete with him whereas before all they had were two inexperienced rookie types. I can see the wisdom of it even if it does mean 5 arms in camp.

    Cutler will be the guy working with the #1 offense and the others will work with the #2s to see what shakes out. They may end up keeping Palmer and Clausen on the roster and Fales goes to the PS if he clears waivers or maybe between Palmer and Clausen only ones makes it. Tough to say right now but Clausen is still very young and based on his college career at the very least he may a worthwhile guy for Trestman to try to develop. He doesn't seem to have had much of that at the NFL level.

    I don't see it as being much of an issue or something to read a whole lot into. Emery keeps saying he won't ever stop doing whatever it takes to upgrade the roster and he did say they'd try to bring in vet QBs so this fits into both those scenarios.
     
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    I initially thought Clausen was a joke pickup. And he may be. But when I read about what he got into with the Panthers, I can see that it was a perfect storm for failure for Clausen (at that time). I realize many will not buy into that statement, but I think he could be a decent talent, especially for a solid backup role for us. Time will tell. But he seems like he COULD be more gifted than any other QB on our roster other than Cutler.

    I keep going back to the fact that we have a pretty solid talent in Trestman when it comes to evaluating and developing QB's. He wouldn't bring this guy in and sign him unless he saw something in this guy that could help our team be better. Man, the guy seems perfect for a Trestman offense. At least on paper.
     
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    Keep in mind this is from 2010. I try to factor in what happened to Clausen in Carolina and come to a realistic idea of his potential in 2014 under Marc Trestman, and in a Trestman offense. And I keep telling myself (reminding myself) that we're not talking about a guy to be our franchise QB, like Clausen was initially expected to be in Carolina. We're looking for a backup QB. Someone who can perform at a McCown level here. That bar is pretty low IMHO. McCown, coupled with our coach, scheme and solid player-weapons, did fine. I think Clausen may be a similar pickup - and possibly better than the other backup QB's on the roster right now.
     
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    Don't be stupid, throw to who's open. Let your playmakers make plays. If he can handle that then he'll be a fine #2 for Tresty.
     
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    One last thought regarding Trestman and QB's for the Bears. We assume he's wanting a young QB to develop for our backup role. But maybe he prefers the McCown model here, if a solid guy is available. Fans (me included) get excited when we draft a guy like Fales. But maybe Trestman can see a guy like Clausen (at a young age of 26) as a better talent for the backup role. Palmer gave them a floor backup QB talent. Fales was worth rolling the dice on for a 6th round pick (any sixth rounder is a hit or miss thing).

    Trestman and Emery may have felt before the draft, that if we entered the season with (worst case) Palmer at #2, then we were probably okay. But they've been pretty honest and transparent about saying they would always be open to bringing in better talent. So, maybe they see Clausen's floor AND ceiling as better than what we now have at backup.

    It is important to note that we fans look at a guys past when we look at a guy like Clausen. Trestman isn't a fan. He looks at a players potential once he can bring him in and mould him to play in HIS offense with HIS scheme and with HIS offensive supporting players. It's a totally different view than for us meatball fans who want to point to the Carolina Panthers season where Clausen had a bad rookie experience.
     
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    Yeah I think fans expect too much out of rookie QB's. Players like Luck aren't the norm and even if those type of plug and play starters are becoming more available I still don't think throwing a rook to the wolves usually plays out well for anyone. Sometimes a player takes a few years to come around and fulfill their perceived potential. The jump from college to the pros is a big one and sometimes it takes awhile. Just because someone isn't an all-star their first 1-3 years doesn't mean they can't turn it around later. Look at Chris Long, he never had high sack numbers until like year 4 or so. Look at Tim Jennings, he was a cheap pick up in FA and turned into a back to back Pro Bowl CB for us. You never know, sometimes a change of scenery is good.

    May the best man win, I love the competition we have compared to years prior. It's prevalent throughout the roster, top to bottom. Good stuff.
     
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