We were remiss in not posting this earlier, but in case you hadn't seen it Jimmy Clausen sat down with ESPN's Colleen Dominguez to talk about the Panthers' season, his personal year and his feelings about Carolina selecting Cam Newton.
We'll discuss what Clausen said after the jump.
It's far too easy if you already have a proclivity to be 'anti-Clausen' to believe he's being disingenuous, or trite-- but in this instance I'll take Jimmy at his word. For the first time I've really seen in his time in Carolina he seems humble, or perhaps 2010 humbled him. Let's face it though, the writing is still very much on the wall for Clausen in Carolina, especially as a starting QB. This organization took Newton to be their franchise QB, and as such Jimmy has become the odd man out.
That being said, there have been some rumblings around the league that Clausen could be viewed like Brady Quinn was in Cleveland, a talented QB stuck in a bad situation. This humility and willingness to tow the party line could be his ticket out of Carolina. After all, if the Browns can get Peyton Hillis and a 5th round pick for Quinn, there's nothing to make us think we couldn't get a fairly good offer for Clausen also. It should be very interesting to see if a team who had him rated high on their board doesn't decide to roll the dice for a decent draft pick, especially if he performs adequately during the preseason.
The final sticking point about the jersey number doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon... time will have to sort that one out.