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Clausen slated to start for Panthers

Sep 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

While the wait to hear his name called during the NFL Draft took longer than he expected, it only took two games for Jimmy Clausen to become a starting quarterback in the NFL.

After a woeful performance against Tampa Bay, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox announced he’s starting the rookie from Notre Dame next Sunday against Cincinnati in place of Matt Moore.

“We’ve just not been getting it done,” Fox said. “Jimmy is a guy we think highly of. I thought he made the most of his opportunities Sunday. We’ll see how it goes this week.”

Clausen didn’t earn the job as much as incumbent Moore gave it away, committing multiple turnovers in starts against the Giants and the Buccaneers. Moore completed just 41 percent of his throws and has a passer rating of 41.8.

Clausen takes the reins of a Panthers team that’s trying not to start its second consecutive season 0-3.

  1. BrianM - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Good luck to Jimmy against Cincinnati and through the rest of the season. He’s really an amazing quarterback, and I’m sure he’ll start off slow as he gets used to throwing to those receivers in that program in a professional context, but I’m sure he’ll develop into an outstanding professional QB if he’s given time and consistency. Hopefully the trouble the Irish had at offensive line in his first couple of college years will have prepared him for the difficulties he’s going to face.

  2. mrrandolph - Sep 21, 2010 at 6:54 AM

    Who Cares? Maybe he will be more Joe Montana and Joe Thiesmann than Brady Quinn.

  3. Ryan - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Jimmy has the best throwing accuracy in the draft. Thats Quinns only problem his accuracy. But I really believe Jimmy will be a succesful QB in the NFL. As long as he stays healthy and the OL can protect him.

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