Moon Mullin: Jimmy Clausen earns a trip to Bourbonnais with Bears

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    Good news. I'd really like to see Clausen turn out to be a great pickup for us. Looks like he could be a solid fit for the Trestman WCO.

     
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    I like it. Hopefully he will end up as Cutty's backup.
     
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    Since the team has made mention of keeping 3 QBs on the final roster, hopefully both Clausen and Palmer will end up as Cutty's backup (in whatever order). Fales seems headed to the PS which he should be able to make if he throws as many ducks in preseason as he reputedly has done in practices so far.

    I know he cost "just a 6th round pick" but had the team knew Clausen was going to be available and healthy, I would have rather them use that pick elsewhere. 6th round QBs = waste of time IMO. At other, less demanding positions you can sometimes find decent players even that late in the draft.
     
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4692820/clausen-expected-to-stick

    Jimmy Clausen expected to stick

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman revealed Thursday that the club was looking to trim its roster of five quarterbacks as mandatory minicamp concluded, and he expects recent addition Jimmy Clausen to be one of the signal callers to stick.

    “We’re going through the process today of trying to work a little bit with our roster,” Trestman said. “I think that Jimmy has competed, and done a good job for the time that he’s been here. I expect that he’ll be with us.”
    Trestman declined to go into details about potential roster moves because the team hasn’t yet completed them, but the expectation is the Bears will release at least one of the quarterbacks on the roster.


    “We’re really going through finalizing and finishing the process with some roster movement today,” Trestman said. “It’s not complete yet, so I think it would be [in]appropriate to talk about it at this moment.”

    Signed just 10 days before the start of minicamp, Clausen spent his first few days with the Bears at Halas Hall taking a cram session with the coaches in an attempt to learn the offense. Although Trestman and general manager Phil Emery expressed confidence in current No. 2 quarterback Jordan Palmer as Jay Cutler's primary backup, Clausen, a former second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, caught the staff’s attention during the three-day minicamp, while Palmer appeared to struggle.

    Palmer had missed time during organized team activities recovering from a strained right pectoral muscle.

    At the end of minicamp, Chicago’s roster featured Palmer, Clausen, Jerrod Johnson and rookie sixth-round pick David Fales behind Clausen.

    Trestman said Clausen’s performance over a short period with the Bears extended beyond what the quarterback did on the practice field.

    “No. 1 is how he handled the room. That room is hugely important; the chemistry, the karma, whatever you want to call it,” Trestman said. “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.”

    Clausen signed a one-year contract worth $645,000 with no signing bonus, and immediately stiffened the competition for the job of No. 2 quarterback. At 26, Clausen is a relatively young quarterback with experience as a starter.

    The team likes Clausen's football smarts, and mechanics. Clausen's mental toughness also played into the team's decision to sign him. Clausen started 10 games as a rookie in 2010, but threw for three touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 total contests played.

    Headed into his fifth NFL season, Clausen has thrown 284 more passes than Palmer, with 147 more completions for 1,499 yards.

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    TiT, Trust in Trestman.

    not a fan of Clausen, was a over rated D-Bag in college and over rated when he got drafted, but if Tresticles likes him, then ok.
     
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    The guy could flourish in the Trestman WCO. The only downside is that if he does perform well here, he'll quickly go to a starting job like McCown did. But I guess that's a good problem to have (the guy has success here).
     
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    If we will constantly lose backup QBs, how do we turn that into a positive? Could we sign them to a two year deal and then trade them for mid round draft choices?
     
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    1) if we are constantly losing backup QB's, then that probably means that Cutlers is constantly getting hurt, and the team should have moved on from him
    2) it's a testimant to Trestman and his system if the backups constantly look that good.
    3) solve it by drafing a young legit backup qb who could someday develop into the starter or be traded or picks.
     
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    These are vet minimum type guys, no big deal.
     
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    I think until Fales has gone through camp and a few quarters in a preseason game we won't know exactly what we have in him. It's pretty obvious that he has a lot to learn and the PS is the right place to do that. Emery said that whenever possible he'd try to draft a QB in each draft and I'm not uncomfortable with him spending late round picks on guys with some degree of promise. They may not ever be starting material but over time they could make good backups.

    From the very start I suspected that Clausen was brought in to be competition for Palmer. Here too Emery was simply following through on what he'd committed himself to all spring long. They looked at a few different guys and in Clausen apparently found what they were looking for in another vet QB to add to the mix. He hasn't been here long so apparently he did enough in the OTAs and mini-camp to earn some respect from Cutler as well and to me that was always a key to him being asked to come to camp.

    I'm not buying into the BS that was in that rather negative article about the Bears. I'm not expecting Cutler to miss a significant amount of time this year. I expect just the opposite. But we need at least one competent #2 and we could use a second decently experienced guy on the bench and to run scout teams in practice. I think as far as Palmer and Clausen go we may have those bases covered.

    McCown turned out to be more than we could have ever expected from a #2 but the unanswered question is how much of that was McCown and how much of it was the result of some excellent coaching and some great preparation on all of their parts? I don't see any good reason why it can't happen again just that way provided the #2 guy works at it as hard as McCown did.
     
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