As a long time Carolina fan, an slow off-season is all common to me. Getting excited when I see big names on the market, then realizing oh wait... Its the Panthers I'm talking about. So when NFL Draft comes around I get on edge of seat, and hide my remote. You can only imagine what my face was like when I seen Jimmy Clausen get drafted. Yeah... I was shocked.
Then I got to thinking, why? Matt Moore was the guaranteed starter right? Why Jimmy Clausen? I'll tell you why Jimmy Clausen, just imagine Clausen being a lighter. When the coaches want to light a fire under Moore's butt to push harder always knowing there's an exciting young QB waiting to take your spot. Jimmy Clausen is just an insurance policy, if Moore isn't everything I expect him to be there's Clausen to take his spot.
Now, why would Moore be starter you say, because first reason Jerry Richardson, and John Fox are old school. They know how to train a QB, through development. It was done with Jake, and roughly with Matt. If you don't expect it to be done with Jimmy Cluasen then well be it.
If your still not buying it then, I'm gonna give you another reason. Jimmy Cluasen is too immature. If you think maturity doesn't matter as a NFL player, then your wrong. For an QB maturity means everything. How will you respond to a player dropping you touchdown catch? Will you yell and scream, or do you say "we'll get it next time?". Do we remember Ryan Leaf? One of his big problems was maturity, he couldn't handle media, or coach pressure. In no way am I comparing the to...yet, just putting it out there.
Jimmy Clusen was busted twice on different occasions. I don't know if it was a just a college thing or not, "...but when you are the quarterback for Notre Dame and have already been reprimanded for under age drinking, that’s just stupid." While on the other hand Moore is as clean as a whistle, I don't even think he has a driving ticket on his record.
Now, down to why Matt is the starter, and not why Jimmy shouldn't be. Ok, Matt Moore is an interesting case. First Matt is an natural leader. In first game as a true freshman, Matt was pushed into game, and won. No longer red-shirted Moore continued to see action, and finished the season with 33-62 with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Now, fast forward to the NFL. Moore was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, and Despite having thrown for 21-29, 182 yards, and one touchdown (QB Rating 100.1). He was waived by Dallas. Moore saw his first regular season action October 7, 2007 against the New Orleans Saints in the 5th game of the season.is first NFL completion was a 43-yard pass to Keary Colbert, but playing time was short and Carr took back over. Skipping past two seasons to wrap it up, here's Moore's career passing stats.
||148 Comp.||249 Attempts
|1,783 Yards||7.2 YPA