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Jimmy's improved pocket presence

Sep 25, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

I’m a little late to the party with this video, but the our crack staff at put together a nice video on the improved pocket presence of Jimmy Clausen. Through three games, we’ve yet to see the patented “Clausen reverse peel-out,” which usually was a recipe for field position disaster, as Jimmy’s evasion attempts usually led to a 10-yard loss on a sack.

But combined with the improved offensive line play, Clausen has made great strides in his movement within the pocket, and his ability to step up and pick up positive yardage as his time runs out, all while keeping his eyes down the field. (The Rudolph pass and run being the best example of this.)

The play Jimmy was injured on actually was a sign of maturity for Clausen. Seeing that there was nowhere to go, instead of spinning out of the pocket and leaving himself susceptible to a big yardage loss, ball security issues, or a holding call, Clausen tried to get down and eat the play. (Next thing the coaching staff will work on is proper getting down procedure.)

With Clausen’s mobility hindered even more with his turf toe injury, his pocket presence will be even a bigger factor on Saturday.

  1. robertg - Sep 25, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    1. thank you for the excellent film work of the type that can never be late.
    2. on the issue of jimmy’s getting down properly when necessary, if you take a close look at the game film, jimmy did exactly what he should have done.
    3. jimmy put his knee down and, by the rules, the play was over and any contact with jimmy by any michigan state player was a personal foul.
    4. there were many such illegal contacts, many of them deliberately calculated to cause the injury which did result from those illegal hits.
    5. not surprisingly, the ref crew at that game called no penalties and ejected no michigan state players.
    6. now that we have started delivering game films to the personal residence of delany, delany has actually taken some type of actions. first, delany suspended michigan lb mouton for punching nd center eric olsen right in the face in front of the ref crew at the michigan game. then, based on the game film of last saturday’s purdue/niu game, delany suspended purdue lg reckman for the notre dame/purdue game.
    7. if delany and those like him have some conception that these absurdly insufficient actions are going to keep us off their backs in the civil courts, they are sadly mistaken.
    8. on saturday, charlie and his staff and notre dame’s student athletes have a game to play at purdue and we know that they will win the game on the field.
    9. we will be watching the refs and tech reviwers and their protectors very carefully.
    10. if any of them want to put their material assets up for grabs by making more dishonest calls of no calls, we will oblige them and anyone who protects them at the conference and ncaa levels.
    GO IRISH!!!

  2. Keith Arnold - Sep 26, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Robert G,
    Do you like the X Files?

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