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Clausen won't work out at combine

Feb 17, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

In a move not entirely unexpected, both Jimmy Clausen and his agent, Gary Wichard, announced that the quarterback won’t be working out at the NFL Combine next week.

“I’m planning on doing all the interviews and, obviously, being seen by the doctors so they can see my toe, but my toe isn’t ready to go right now,” Clausen said. “I’m really excited to go down to Indianapolis next week so teams can get to know me as a person. And I think after they get to know me as a person, they’ll see the truth from what the perception is out there about me.”

It’s clear that Clausen and Wichard are taking a proactive step against people that will automatically assume that Clausen’s decision not to work out is just another diva-like move from a quarterback that’s battled that reputation since arriving in South Bend riding in a stretch Hummer limousine. But realistically, this was the only logical decision by Clausen, who is still very much on the mend after postseason foot surgery.

Rest assured, Clausen’s spot in the first round will likely be based on his individual workouts, and even if 100-percent healthy, most elite quarterbacks skip out on throwing in Indy to receivers they’ve just met and instead chose to throw to a crew of familiar receivers at a workout choreographed for success.

It’ll be interesting to hear the skeptics spin this decision into an anti-Clausen diatribe, when the reality of the situation is that the other elite quarterback in the draft, Sam Bradford, most likely will pass on the throwing portion of drills as well.

  1. Garrett - Feb 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    i think you’re right

  2. Mike - Feb 18, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Come back Jimmy, it’s not too late.
    Take the spring off, rest your toe and put on the Blue and Gold in the fall.

  3. robertg - Feb 19, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    1. but for the illegal firings of charlie and his staff, jimmy and golden would be coming back to notre dame next season,along with many top notch recruits from the 2010 recruiting cycle.
    2. however, with kelly and his staff and the cancers within the current notre dame administration, those possibilities are zero.
    3. we are certain that jimmy and golden will do just fine in the nfl and that they will be much better off in the nfl than they could possibly be at notre dame until we drive away the cancers and kelly and his staff.
    4. after all, jimmy and golden and notre dame’s other student athletes got the best possible preparation for the nfl and for life from charlie and his staff. in the nfl, the officials are actually honest.
    5. kelly and his staff simply have nothing to offer jimmy and golden, except for an assurance that their bodies will be used with reckless abandon to fulfill the egos and personal ambitions of kelly and his staff, just as kelly and his staff have done to student athletes at every other school where they have coached.
    6. the evidence is available online. anyone can look it up and print it out, as we already have.
    GO IRISH!!!

  4. stl - Feb 19, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Show me the rings. Talk is cheap. This is the diff. between the great Joe and wannabe. I hope Joe’s son plays, the apple never fall far….

  5. robertg - Feb 20, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    1. you are correct. internet posts are not worth much without followups in the civil courts. however, we do follow up in the civil courts. we forced petey and his staff to flee their empire at usc for the nfl with our big discolure wins over the ncaa in the civil courts. we have already provided the internet links for those court decisions.
    2. joe’s elder son simply began playing qb too late in life while his younger brother did start early enough and chose washington over notre dame.
    3. charlie has 5 superbowl rings. how many of those or any other championship rings do kelly and his staff have?
    4. since you provided no facts or internet links at all, your post is worthless, not just cheap.
    5. joe montana’s youngest son is the only one of joe’s 4 children who chose a school other.
    6. joe and charlie are very close personal friends and there have been zero statements by joe montana expressing any approval or support for the cancers within notre dame of for kelly and his staff.
    GO IRISH!!!

  6. jg - Feb 20, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    What on earth are you talking about? illegal firing of CW and his staff? face it man, CW was a BAD head coach. he oversaw the worst stretch in over 100 years of Notre Dame football. check official stats on and see for yourself. why people are still thinking CW was a good coach is beyond me. the guy was terrible and his record shows it.

  7. David - Feb 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    I agree with the second comment on the list above. Rest up Jimmy and put on the Gold and Blue in Fall. ND needs you, kid. Whatever you decide to do. God speed!

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