Chicago Bears need to move forward with Jimmy Clausen By Ross Read August 11, 2014 8:00 am CDT That’s it. Call the fight because I’ve seen enough. Jimmy Clausen has knocked out Jordan Palmer from the backup quarterback spot in the first round. Clausen was impressive in a 34-28 against the Eagles. He went 7 for 13 with 150 yards and two touchdown passes good for a quarterback rating of 134.6. On the contrast, Palmer was a little shaky in his 8 for 11 performance. He had 104 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Palmer’s stats weren’t that bad and Clausen’s weren’t that much better but it was the eye test that demands your attention. Clausen had confidence and poise in the pocket. He threw his passes with conviction and made quick smart decisions. Palmer seemed like the game was moving too fast for him at times. He didn’t have the best protection but also didn’t help his cause by holding on to the football as he tried to figure out where to go with it. The experience between the two quarterbacks has been discussed and you can see why it’s an important subject. Palmer has thrown only 15 regular season passes in his career and has never started a football game. Clausen started 10 games back in Carolina but only manged one win. Going back to the eye test, Clausen seemed more comfortable throughout the game. He was seen laughing and joking with starter Jay Cutler and seems to have a good relationship with players on the offense. Clausen and head coach Marc Trestman have a history together. Trestman helped Clausen prepare for the NFL Draft back in 2010. Clausen and Cutler have also gotten to be very close. Clausen has already gone on record saying Cutler “helped him alot” to learn the playbook and get acclimated to the team. There seems to be a bit of favoritism going on in the organization with Clausen and Palmer and it’s starting to show on the field. In September, Clausen will only be 27-years-old. Palmer is already 30 and doesn’t have much of an NFL future left, on the field at least. Clausen is playing for his career right now and is motivated to rebuild his reputation. If he performs well as a backup in Chicago then he is sure to get another shot at starting down the line. Clausen needs this to work out for him because he’s in danger of finding himself out of the league at a very early age. Palmer has a bright future in the league but it’s likely on the coaching side. He worked with Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Blake Bortles to help him get ready for the draft. Obviously it worked because Bortles was the first quarterback taken in the draft and coincidentally will be town this weekend to play the Bears. Rookie David Fales is still probably a few seasons away from being a competent backup. This means Clausen can stick with the Bears for a few years and then attempt to take another shot as a starter right before he turns 30. The Bears should put Palmer out of his misery sooner than later. If we see similar performances this week against the Jaguars then Palmer should be one of the early cuts in camp. There’s no shame going forward with Clausen and we have all seen what Marc Trestman can do with quarterbacks and takes a liking to.