Palmer played most of the second half for the Bears on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars and led the team to a come from behind victory.
Palmer went 6-of-9 passing on Thursday night for a total of 73 passing yards. Meanwhile, Clausen went 11-of-15 passing for a total of 94 passing yards with an interception and a fumble.
At times on Thursday night while Clausen was at quarterback for the Bears, it appeared that the team’s offense was disorganized. After the game, Bears’ head coach Marc Trestman indicated that the Bears had troubles communicating the plays to Clausen and that is what led to the disorganization.
It was a very difficult night because the headsets went down,” Trestman said. “So there were three-to-five plays where it just became confusion, and [Clausen] really didn’t get us into the best plays. He was trying to make something good out of a bad situation and there wasn’t any way I could help him. That group, I would say up to a half dozen plays when Jimmy was in there, it was very difficult to evaluate. I’ll see more when we look at the tape. You never want to throw a pick, but that was a play where he didn’t get the play as well. So to make that a part of the evaluation, I know that’s where we’re going as we compare Jordan and Jimmy. -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
The Bears now are in an interesting position when it comes to their backup quarterback competition.
Both Palmer and Clausen have looked impressive when working with the third team offense but struggled during their time with the second team offense.
Ideally, the Bears would have wanted to settle their backup quarterback position before the third Pre-Season game but that scenario does not look likely at this point.
Given that Palmer and Clausen have struggled while working with the second team offense, it goes without saying that the Bears may be looking outside of their organization for a backup quarterback.