Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
In yet another surprise twist in a season full of unpredictability, the Bears announced Monday afternoon that Cutler would start their regular-season finale Sunday against the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The move came in concert with the team’s announcement that Jimmy Clausen has been ruled out for the finale after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Clausen took a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot from Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah on the Bears’ final drive of Sunday’s 20-14 loss at Soldier Field. And while Clausen remained on the field for four more plays – three incompletions and a loss-sealing interception – the Bears said in a news release Monday that the 27-year-old experienced delayed symptoms as a result of the collision.
Enough is finally enough for the Chicago Bears.
After weeks of offensive futility, the team has benched starting quarterback Jay Cutler in favor of backup Jimmy Clausen prior to Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to two sources informed of the situation.
Cutler owners who are still alive are going to have to find another option this week, and Clausen isn't an attractive start. He has a career 5.2 YPA and it's a difficult matchup against the Lions. It's a downgrade for the entire offense, including Alshon Jeffery, Marquess Wilson, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. On the flip side, the Lions defense is still a very strong play in Week 16.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:36pm
Jordan Palmer’s bid to win the Bears’ back-up quarterback job officially ended Sunday with the team informing him of his release, according to a league source.
Palmer, who spent the final 10 weeks of last season with the Bears, signed a one-year extension with the team before free agency began in March. But he never did enough to earn the team’s all-important No. 2 role.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 5:49pm
Jimmy Clausen is scheduled to be the first backup quarterback off the bench behind starter Jay Cutler when the Chicago Bears host the Jacksonville Jaguars in an exhibition Thursday night, coach Marc Trestman said Tuesday.
Trestman implored reporters, as he has done several times during training camp, not to infer from the division of playing time the leader of a position battle.
"You see it every day out here -- they're both making plays," he said of Clausen and Palmer. "They’re competing. I’ve talked to both of them that nothing’s set in stone from last week. We grade them every day. We’re watching all the tape. We’re making the corrections with each of them. It’s still a competition, and they know it."
Palmer was 8-of-11 passing for 104 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Eagles.
Clausen looks like he's emerging as the Bears QB2.
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Sunday, September 11, 2011, 3:14pm
Saturday, August 20, 2011, 12:52pm
Business was bad for Newton and the rest of the Panthers' offense Friday.
Maybe not a 400-point-drop-on-Wall Street bad, but bad enough to give pause to anyone who thought Newton was a shoo-in to win the starting quarterback job.
In his first exhibition start, Newton threw behind and below receivers, often failed to set his feet and looked confused at times in the Panthers' 20-10 loss to Miami.
The No. 1 overall pick completed 7 of 14 passes for 66 yards. He only had one completion to a wide receiver - a 2-yard gain to Armanti Edwards on third-and-9 late in the second quarter.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera would prefer to name a Week 1 starting quarterback before next week's game at Cincinnati, and did not indicate a leader in the competition between Newton and Jimmy Clausen.
Monday, August 15, 2011, 9:56pm
It figures to stay that way the rest of this week.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera said again he expects to name his starting quarterback next week before the Panthers' third preseason game at Cincinnati on Aug. 25.
Rivera said the game video of Saturday's 20-10 win over the Giants didn't change his assessment of what he saw from the top two quarterbacks. Both did some good things; both made some mistakes, and there were some mistakes from their offensive teammates that caused the quarterbacks to misfire at times.
Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn and top overall pick in the NFL draft, struggled with his accuracy and twice failed to get the Panthers into the end zone on promising first-half drives.
Newton completed 8 of 19 throws for 134 yards, including a pair of completions of at least 30 yards. He entered the game to loud cheers on Carolina’s first drive of the second quarter and left early in the fourth.
It was a forgettable night for New York’s offense, which never reached the end zone. Lawrence Tynes missed two field goals and had another blocked in the fourth.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning didn’t lead a scoring drive in his five series, completing 4 of 9 passes for just 36 yards. He also slightly overthrew Hakeem Nicks on what could’ve been a big third-down gain on his first possession, forcing Tynes to try a 56-yard field goal.
Nothing too surprising in this one. Carolina has to be happy that new acquisition Olsen found the end zone. Olsen will have a hard time being a TE1 in Carolina, but he's worthy of a roster spot if you have the space to carry two tight ends.
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 1:53pm
He’s handled everything well throughout camp. Newton doesn’t have to light it up in the preseason. With what should be a good offense around him, he just needs to go out and show he can run the huddle and get the ball where it needs to go. If he can do that, Newton’s going to step over Clausen on the depth chart.
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