In a recent interview with Panthers.com, rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen let it be known that he intends to be the Panthers’ starting QB sooner rather than later.
“That’s my goal and that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m going to do everything I can to become the starter,” Clausen told David Monroe of Panthers.com. “My mentality is to prepare like I’m the starter and just go out there each and every day and have that mindset.”
Clausen definitely has a leg up on most NFL rookies in the fact that the Panthers run a very similar offense to the one he ran at Notre Dame. That should make the transition from college to pro easier for him.
“When Jimmy steps in the huddle, he doesn’t have to learn a new language; he knows the language and understands a lot of the similar concepts. That’s an advantage for him,” Panthers quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer told Monroe. “Obviously, we do things different, but he doesn’t have to learn a new language. For a young guy that’s one of the biggest obstacles or the biggest part of the learning curve.”
Clausen faces stiff competition from four-year pro Matt Moore, who played well when given a shot last season.