It wasn't the most scintillating edition of 'Panthers' Pulse' tonight, but respected independent NFL scout and advisor to numerous teams (including the Panthers) Mike Giddings was on with Marty Hurney tonight to discuss the Carolina Panthers this year and what they need to improve in 2011.
Surprise! We need a quarterback, and Giddings does not believe Jimmy Clausen can be a franchise QB. Yes, this is a grave claim, but to understand where he's coming from you need to understand his system. While he didn't give full disclosure of how he does it, essentially he breaks a player down from numerous different perspectives and assigns a color to each trait; the best color is blue, or elite/franchise potential the second is red meaning a solid starter and so on. Here is what Giddings said about Clausen:
"If the system fits Jimmy, then Jimmy has what it takes to be a 'red' quarterback in the NFL."
Translation: "If the Panthers install a system that plays into his strengths he'll be a solid starter". Granted, this is just one mans opinion, but he's a lot more impartial than any of us can be. Clausen would need to have the potential to be a 'blue' QB if he thought he had a chance of being a franchise player.
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I asked Darin Gantt the following question:
"How do you feel about Giddings comment that 'in the right system' Clausen can be successful, and do you feel the Panthers plan to use a system he can be successful in?"
To which he replied:
"Not sure, and not sure he'll get the chance."
I think we're quickly closing in on the time that those who still believe Clausen can be a franchise QB accept that he may still have that chance, but it's increasingly looking like Carolina wont be the place that happens.
Giddings also said that from his perspective QB was the #1 concern for this team and last year he evaluated the Carolina Panthers as having the 10th most talented roster in the NFL.
This was a nice quantifier for something most of us agreed on: 2010 was an outlier, for that one season we were indeed the worst team in the NFL, but talent wise we're far from it.