Why Clausen can succeed
The ND product can succeed for Carolina, but that run game needs to help him
Last year, Mark Sanchez took the reins of the New York Jets, and from the get-go the word we heard associated with him was poise. Sanchez showed plenty of it, the Jets won nine games and even put a playoff scare into the eventual AFC champion Indianapolis Colts.
It was, by nearly all measures, a successful season -- even more so based on Sanchez's rookie status. Conveniently left aside is the reality that Sanchez, behind a solid offensive line and with a very good run game, completed 53.8 percent of his passes, had 20 INTs to go with his 12 TD passes and sported a 63.0 QB rating, good for 28th among qualifying starters. And again, this was a successful rookie season. But wins and losses obscure the reality of what it means to be a rookie. Just ask Peyton Manning, who tossed 28 INTs as a rookie.
Enter Jimmy Clausen.
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