Obviously he was awful last year, my experience of watching him mostly revolved around lowlights on SportsCenter and the full game of Carolina against my Steelers. I'm kind of of a mind that you can't call a QB done in this league after just one season thrown into the deep end on a struggling team.
Is there really no hope for him? Or is the talk of Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton with the #1 overall pick more of a factor of new coaches and having the opportunity to get a QB?
The more I look at the Panthers' situation the more I think what you really need more than anything is to try and get hold of Matt Hasselbeck or Billy Volek to run the offense for a year or two while Clausen learns the pro game. To me even if you lose DeAngelo Williams the running game is still strong, the receivers are young but promising. I can see a gap there if the trade of Steve Smith happens but not without it.
Would I be waaay off base in thinking the best way for the Panthers to really go in the draft is to get better up front on D? Something that, allied with a veteran QB, would give them the ability to rush more in games and really use their strength on offense? I mean the Panthers rushed almost 20% more in 2009 than they did in 2010.
Would love the input from guys who watch them every week. From where I stand it looks like you have a pretty young team in a lot of positions that typically take a while to develop but DT still looks like a major headache?