Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen May Not Be the Franchise Quarterback

Frank FittipaldiCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 19:  Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to throw a pass during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers are in dead last in the NFC South with a 2-12 record.

It is certainly time for the Panthers to start thinking about April's draft and the 2011 season. 

Many decisions need to be made on which players and coaches need to go. Head coach John Fox has been a successful coach in the NFL, but is it time for the Panthers to part ways with Fox?

The Panthers are currently carrying three talented running backs in Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Goodson.

Williams is just one year removed from two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, and it may be wise to see what kind of value the Panthers can get for him.

The Panthers have started three quarterbacks this season, primarily Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen. None of the quarterbacks have been successful, so will the Panthers draft a new quarterback this April?

Granted, they did take Jimmy Clausen last year, but this draft is filled with talent at the quarterback position.

The Panthers will likely have the No. 1 overall pick, meaning it would be wise to use it on a franchise quarterback because Jimmy Clausen has not played well.

Clausen has thrown just two touchdown passes with seven interceptions this season and won his first game as a starter in Week 15 against the Cardinals.

The Panthers travel to Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Steelers, which will be a very difficult matchup for the Panthers.

The Panthers are playing for pride at this point and must think about their future.