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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Demise of Former Notre Dame Quarterback Jimmy Clausen

Jimmy and his rings

Apparently this is Rivalry or Southern Cal Week. 

What to write about?  How to chime in? 

New gold helmets?

How the Trojans are just calling this another game?

Lane Kiffin bitching about how USC should not have lost last year?

Interesting takes on Southern Cal injuries that they are trying to hide?

Almost all interesting topics have been grabbed by the big guys.

How about the fate of Jimmy Clausen?
Jimmy and his black eye
Some 20-20 hindsight and Monday Morning Quarterbacking for our loyal Subway Alumni Station fans.
A California star that could have gone to Southern Cal just as easily as coming to Notre Dame and be tutored under purported quarterback guru and signal caller maker, Charlie Weis.

Mistakes were made.  The typical throwing a freshman to the wolves with no offensive line and no running game hurt Jimmy’s his first year just exactly like it doomed him at Carolina.

Jimmy should never have left Notre Dame after his junior year.  20-20 vision of course is better than avoiding the NFL lockout and learning a new offensive scheme under Brian Kelly.

So what are the facts?

Embarrassingly he was drafted in the second round, # 16 by the lowly Carolina Panthers. 
Analysts attributed his slide partly to his cocky demeanor and “persnickety smirkness”.
Four year deal for $4.2 million.  $2.53 million guaranteed.  Sounds good? 
Heisman Trophy Winner Sam Bradshaw inked a 6 year, $78 million, $50 million guaranteed, with options for up to $86 million with the St. Louis Rams.

Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow inked a 5 year, $11.25 million, $8.7 million guaranteed, with options for up to $33 million with the Denver Broncos. 

Bad year, bad decision to enter the draft.

Jimmy Clausen is on the Carolina Panther reserve roster.  He does not have a jersey.  Jimmy is the number three quarterback behind Cam Newton (Heisman Trophy Winner, gee that seems to follow Jimmy) and Derek Anderson.

How did Jimmy end up number three and inactive?

In 2010 he played in 13 games and started in 10.  His record was 157 completions out of 299 attempts for 1,558 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Jimmy also carries baggage of 9 interceptions, 9 fumbles with 2 lost.

So if Newton or Anderson gets hurt Jimmy can be activated. 

After this year he will have two years left on a measly contract and likely will be traded or most likely let go. 

Is Canadian football an option?  Will another team give him a chance?

Jimmy did go back and get his degree in Sociology from Notre Dame, probably the most important thing he’s got going for himself right now.

Good Lucky Jimmy.


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