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    He's certainly a character and I think he really stands up for himself here. It doesn't change my opinion of him as a player and I wouldn't want to trade for him, but it's an interesting read nonetheless.

    Originally posted by Washington Post
    To hear ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay tell it, former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen lacks leadership skills and maturity. Other than that, Clausen apparently is a pretty good guy.

    "I have no idea why he says that," Clausen said Wednesday in a lengthy phone interview. "People are just going to say what they want to say. But at the end of the day, I am who I am. And the people who really know who I am, know the type of person that I am - a loving, caring person [who's] a pretty good football player and a great leader on the field and off the field."

    On Wednesday, McShay was covering the pro day at the University of Texas and unavailable for comment, an ESPN spokesman said. Draft analyst Mel Kiper, McShay's ESPN colleague, has praised Clausen, saying he grew into an outstanding leader at Notre Dame. And Vinny Cerrato, formerly Washington's executive vice president of football operations, recently expressed confidence Clausen could become a top NFL signal caller.

    The Redskins are scheduled to conduct a private workout in South Bend, Ind., with Clausen on April 15. The former Fighting Irish standout is widely considered the second-best quarterback in the draft behind former Oklahoma star Sam Bradford.

    Bradford seemed to solidify his status as the No. 1 overall player Monday at his pro day. The 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, however, did not play in a pro-style offense as Clausen did at Notre Dame.

    "I think the biggest upside that I have, and one of the things that I have over all the quarterbacks in the draft, is I've played in a pro-style offense," Clausen said. "I know how to change protections. I know how to make alerts to get to a better play. Sometimes you call two, three plays in the huddle. You have to know whether [the defense] is in an over front, even front or if they're in an off front. I know how to call the Mike ID every single time. I just know my hot [reads] and my side adjusts. It's just a lot of different things that in different offenses, spread offenses, that you wouldn't see."

    Even McShay has acknowledged Clausen might be the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year's draft class because of Notre Dame's offensive scheme under former coach Charlie Weis, who played a role in the development of Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady when Weis directed the New England Patriots' offense.

    "Just being able to be taught by coach Weis, and understand how to study film, not just to go in there and watch the film but really understand it, really helped me," Clausen said. "To be able to look at the fronts, look at how the linebackers are lined up, see if they're in the bubble, or if they're in the A gap ... that's important for our team. To look at the leverage of the corners, and the depth of the safeties, and understand what they're doing is important. It was just real, real detailed film study, which translates to the game on Saturdays."

    To be sure, Clausen produced at Notre Dame despite the team's overall lack of success under Weis, which led to his ouster after last season. Despite often being battered behind a line that struggled in pass protection, Clausen improved statistically each season. He declared for the draft after a junior year in which he completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 3,722 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He had a 161.42 passer rating.

    As a junior, Clausen was elected a team captain. He also displayed his mettle in playing most of the season with toe ligaments he injured in September. He had surgery after the season and has resumed his normal workout routine. Bradford missed most of last season after suffering two shoulder injuries during a span of six weeks.

    If being elected as a captain and playing through pain doesn't show what type of person he really is, "then nothing will," Clausen said. "If I was as bad of a leader and as bad of a teammate and person that [McShay's] portraying me to be out there, I don't think anybody would have voted for me as a captain.

    "To be honest, I don't think my receivers would have come out to stay at my house with my family for a week last year before the past season in the summertime. There are just a lot of things he says that I really don't get. But that's just another person who really doesn't know who I am as a person."

    If Bradford is selected first by the St. Louis Rams, Clausen figures to be available when the Redskins choose at fourth overall. Coach Mike Shanahan is believed to be highly interested in drafting and "raising" a quarterback.

    "I only think I'm going to get better playing in the NFL, and to be coached by another great coach like Coach Shanahan will just help me progress that much more," Clausen said. "Washington uses a different system than what he used at Notre Dame. It's a West Coast system.

    "At the same time it's pretty much the same stuff; just different terminology. You have to get used to the terminology. I'd have to get used to it, but at the end of the day it's pretty much the same concept. Just the verbiage is different. But like I said, I'd love to play under coach Shanahan. I think it would be a great situation for me."

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    Re: Jimmy Clausen Interview from the Washington Post

    Originally posted by Jimmy Clausen
    People are just going to say what they want to say. But at the end of the day, I am who I am. And the people who really know who I am, know the type of person that I am - a loving, caring person [who's] a pretty good football player and a great leader on the field and off the field.
    A loving, caring person? Is he interviewing for a job in the NFL or an opening at Hallmark? ;)


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      Clausen to enter draft
      by shower beers
      I'm sure this excites a lot of you here...

      per ESPN:

      Jimmy Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame to learn about the NFL. Looks like he's learned enough.
      Following the advice of deposed Irish coach Charlie Weis, Clausen has decided to forgo his senior season and enter this April's draft. Rated as perhaps the top quarterback in this year's class, he is believed to be coveted by St. Louis, Cleveland and Washington -- three teams that will conceivably pick in the top 5.

      Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.
      -- Jimmy Clausen
      "After the season, in talking to my parents and obviously Coach Weis, I just feel it's the right time,'' Clausen told on Monday before a scheduled 2 p.m. ET news conference in South Bend. "Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.''

      The consensus No 1 high school recruit in the country three years ago, Clausen chose Notre Dame over USC solely because of Weis' NFL pedigree. Weis -- who tutored both Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe in New England -- assured Clausen he would prepare him best for the pro game, and Clausen rewarded the coach with a spectacular junior season.

      He completed 68 percent of his passes, and threw 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions -- three of which were tipped. Weis has told NFL scouts that Clausen "didn't miss a read all year," and particularly raved about his accuracy and personal growth.

      As a freshman, coming off of elbow surgery, Clausen weighed only 190 pounds and played behind a porous offensive line. He was vilified during that year's 3-9 season, but bounced back as a sophomore to lead Notre Dame to its first bowl victory since 1994 (over Hawaii). In the offseason before his junior year, he invited several Irish receivers to his home in Westlake Village, Calif., and the bonding experience paid off. He was picked as a team captain, and ended up throwing 24 of his touchdowns to wide receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd.

      The Irish slumped to a 6-6 finish, and Clausen was sucker-punched by a fan outside of a South Bend bar after a devastating overtime loss to Connecticut. But six days later, he threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns at Stanford, and his ability to persevere is why several general managers, who have requested anonymity, believe he is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year's draft. They say he's already mastered an NFL offense, has already been subjected to a leaky offensive line and has already been part of a rebuilding process. They like that he played his entire college career...
      -12-07-2009, 08:24 AM
    • shower beers
      Jimmy Clausen the best NFL-ready junior quarterback in league history
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      Here's something juicy to hold everyone over until draft time.


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      Posted Dec. 29, 2009

      Junior Quarterbacks - Jimmy Clausen

      I bet you never thought in the past month that Notre Dame junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen is one of the most underappreciated quarterback prospects in the history of the NFL Draft. But after reading this blog entry, you just might change your mind.

      First, I am going to tell you why you might not like Clausen, and let's be real here, there is a lot of bias against him. Some criticism is warranted, but a lot isn't.

      Notre Dame is the most hated football program in America, period. They are the Duke of the gridiron. Automatically, you hate Clausen because he went to Notre Dame, just like you hated J.J. Reddick because he went to Duke. If you want to make an analysis as objective and professional as possible, then you need to cut the crap and get over the Notre Dame hate if you have it - and a lot of that is out there. Think about it: if you put Sanchez on Notre Dame and Jimmy Clausen at USC, then Sanchez is the hated prospect and Clausen is the beloved underclassman.

      Maybe you don't like Clausen because of the blond, spiky hair, or the limo appearance he had when he was a senior in high school to declare for Notre Dame. These aren't "low profile" characteristics and automatically, you might have disliked him.

      For whatever reasons you're down on Clausen, please put them in the back seat and have an open mind when reading this blog entry.

      Clausen just amassed one of the most impressive junior seasons among pro-style quarterbacks in the past 10-20 years.

      Let's remember that Clausen had a very bad offensive line this year for Notre Dame. Sure, he had good weapons, but the running game was poor and receivers Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph missed significant action (eight games missed total between them).

      When Floyd went out, Clausen stepped up. With a bum turf toe, he didn't play at all in the second half and led the team to a game-winning drive to beat Purdue. The following week, he posted 422 passing yards against Washington. Over the next three games (USC, Boston College, Washinton State), Clausen threw for 774 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions....
      -03-08-2010, 08:19 AM
    • Varg6
      Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...
      by Varg6
      Per *Rumor Central*

      For over a week, we've been speculating on which NFL team would draft Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen if he went pro. Take the "if" out of that equation now, because's Joe Schad is reporting that Clausen will declare for the draft. So was he pushed in that direction by some unruly fans? We got word from's Joe Schad on Tuesday that Clausen was decked in the face by a surly Notre Dame fan on Sunday morning. It certainly didn't help keep him in school.

      Clausen is one of the more intriguing names on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, and some analysts think he could be the first QB drafted this April.

      Here was Kiper last week on the teams that might be interested in the gunslinger:

      Mel's take-

      "Leaving all the coaching chatter aside, which could obviously affect his decision, Clausen could certainly be the top quarterback taken. I think he's certainly capable of going in the top 10 or 12, and remember, St. Louis might want a quarterback, Washington might want a quarterback, we're not sure if Oakland will draft one, but they're another team with a problem at the position. The struggles at Notre Dame you can't put on Clausen. He's been battered, particularly early on. But he can play the position and personnel people know it. Comparing him and [UW's Jake] Locker, for instance, Clausen is far more refined at this stage."


      The reason I posted this was because of that one sentence in Mel's quote about personnel people. It'll certainly be interesting to see what we do in the upcoming draft.
      -11-26-2009, 09:44 AM
    • Nick
      ESPN Draft Lab: Jimmy Clausen analysis
      by Nick
      Lessons of Brees extended to Clausen
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      ESPN Insider
      Saturday, January 30, 2010
      Updated: February 9, 3:36 PM ET

      What this is: During the year, Football Scientist K.C. Joyner has evaluated top NFL draft prospects. This week he looks at former Notre Dame Fighting Irish QB Jimmy Clausen.

      When grading a quarterback's arm strength, I often think back to a line from former San Francisco ***** coach Bill Walsh in Dr. Z's classic book, "The New Thinking Man's Guide To Pro Football." Some in the media had called Super Bowl XVI a battle between Walsh's brains and Cincinnati coach Forrest Gregg's discipline. That viewpoint led Walsh to ask this question: What constituted discipline? Was it being physically tough on someone? Or could it also be executing a highly choreographed set of moves under the pressure of competition? The answer is that it could be either, and it really depended on what one meant by the word discipline.

      The same thing goes for measuring the velocity of a passing arm. The gold standard in this area is the deep out pass, but that throw requires a much different kind of delivery and less touch than many other important vertical passes, such as the go, corner, post and fade routes.

      Now, let's look at Jimmy Clausen. It is pretty much a given that Clausen will be a first-round draft pick, but his arm strength is enough of a question mark to cause his predicted draft slot status to vary significantly. For example, Mel Kiper's initial mock draft has Clausen going to the Buffalo Bills at the No. 9 spot because he possesses "an NFL arm." Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay, on the other hand, has Clausen going in the No. 23 spot (to the Seattle Seahawks) in part because "he doesn't have ideal arm strength."

      So which analyst is right?

      The odd thing is that they both are on the money. After breaking down six of Clausen's 2009 game tapes (at Michigan, at Michigan State, vs. USC, vs. Boston College, vs. Connecticut and at Stanford), I found metrics and scouting notes to back both sides of that argument.

      For example, Clausen did a fine job on the 13 deep out passes he threw. Eleven of them were on target (on target being defined as landing within the catching frame of the receiver) and seven ended up being completed. He was also 2-for-2 on the comeback route -- which is a close cousin of the deep out -- so he was on the money on 13 out of 15 of the vertical outside routes.

      Clausen also displayed superb accuracy on the long passes that require more arc than the deep out. He was one for two on the corner route and would have been two for two if not for a dropped pass. Clausen also completed the only deep post route he threw.

      Throwing into high traffic areas also was an area of strength for Clausen, something that is evidenced by his seven completions in eight...
      -02-10-2010, 10:08 PM
    • npow81
      If Clausen Didn't Play for Notre Dame...
      by npow81
      I don't think he would be regarded as a first round talent.

      I think its remarkable how much different people view qbs depending on who they play for. Which is relevant only to the level of competition they play against and who they actually play for (and NDs schedule really isn't anything to shout about aside from SC and maybe BC)

      I think this is especially true for ND, considering they are on TV virtually every week.

      While I think Clausen has talent, I think his issues (pocket presence, delivery, lack of winning, etc.) should raise some questions enough that he shouldn't be in the first round.

      Frankly I don't regard him as anymore than a second rounder (which gauging by some of yours love for him I sure you will disagree)

      I guess you can put it this way, if Tony Pike or Dan Lefevour played for ND would they be regarded as first rounders?

      In my mind they are near the same level, so the stark contrast in perceived value makes me this the case

      (If you don't think so, what are the qualities in Clausen that differeniate him...because I don't see it.)
      -02-17-2010, 08:57 PM