I could draft a whole post about how or why the Bears have decided to bench franchise QB, illness Jay Cutler in week 16 of the 2014-2015 season… but what’s the point? Besides, there’s already tons and tons of information out there for you SDI readers to dive into regarding the speculation surrounding the franchise QB, coaching and management.
Instead, I thought I would focus my efforts today on the back-up QB, Jimmy Clausen. If you’re a college football fan you’ve definitely heard the name Clausen before, as Jimmy is the younger brother of two former Division 1 QBs, Casey and Rick Clausen. Side note: both of his brothers played at Tennessee. However, Jimmy has carved quite a name for himself in the football world too. Check out his career highlights below:
- Pre-college and NFL, Jimmy was already turning heads and gathering media attention in high school. What I found most impressive about his HS football career is that he never lost a football game in which he was the starter (42-0 record) and he also holds the California state record for career touchdowns (with 146). In his senior year of high school, USA Today named him the “Offensive Player of the Year”.
- Clausen moved on to play college football at Notre Dame. In his junior year and final season with the Fighting Irish, he had 3,722 passing yards and a 68.8% completion rate, with 28 touchdowns and four interceptions.
- Clausen was drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. While in Carolina, he played 13 games in his rookie season (starting in 10 of them) and conjured up a record of 1-9 before the Panthers drafted current QB, Cam Newton and inserted him as the starter. Sad.
This summer, Clausen beat out Jordan Palmer in training camp to become the Bears back-up quarterback. In 2014, Clausen has appeared in three games and has completed three of nine passes. He will get his first start with the team on Sunday when the Bears face the Detroit Lions at home.
While his career in the NFL hasn’t been stellar, I still wish him the best of luck on Sunday. And hey, you never know… Maybe Clausen will take a page of out McCown’s book…