Jimmy Clausen is the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen will take over for Matt Moore, who has struggled immensely in the first two games of the 2010 NFL season, and will try and right the ship of this Carolina team. Clausen was just drafted from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2010 NFL Draft, and will get his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Bengals. Now a team that high hopes for Matt Moore, who was 4-1 as a starter last season, will have to head in a new direction to try and salvage the 2010 NFL season before Carolina is eliminated from contention.
According to NFL.com, this move is geared to try and spark the offense of the Panthers, and coach John Fox wants to see how it goes. For the season, Moore already has four interceptions and two fumbles lost to go along with just 307 yards in those first two games. The losses were also not very pretty, as they lost to a Giants team that also underperformed in week 1, and then they lost to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that wasn’t predicted to win five games in the 2010 NFL season. Now it’s time to move on without Moore as the starter, and this couldn’t come at a better time for rookie Jimmy Clausen.
Carolina took Clausen with the 16th pick of the second round at the 2010 NFL Draft, and quickly parted ways with former starting quarterback Jake Delhomme. It seemed pretty obvious that they were going to try out Moore based on his record last season, and that if that didn’t work they would bring in Clausen. Now Clausen is already into the starting role, and it will give him the chance to show he can handle the speed of the NFL game. Clausen was predicted as the most NFL ready quarterback of this past draft, and that was pretty high praise with the list of quarterbacks that were drafted.
The thing about Carolina is that it isn’t going to be entirely up to Clausen to determine how well this team does in week 3 of the NFL schedule. That defense is going to have to give up fewer yards and points, and they absolutely cannot let Carson Palmer come up with a big game on Sunday. The Carolina vs. Cincinnati game will be in front of the Carolina fans at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, with kickoff scheduled for just after 1 p.m. EST. Hopefully the fans get to see a good game from Clausen right out of the gate, and that this is indeed a good decision for the future of the franchise.