Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman officially declared Jimmy Clausen the team’s No. 2 quarterback on Monday while speaking with reporters after practice.
In the end, it was Clausen’s upside that prevailed.
“They both competed really hard for the job,” Trestman said. “As I told Jordan, Jimmy played at a consistent level, as did Jordan. I really threw out the five or six plays Jordan had the other night backed up. I know Jordan was terribly upset about that situation. That really didn’t come into the consideration. Jimmy’s played a lot more football in this league. He’s younger, and I thought the competition was very close. But I thought at the end of the day, I think the upside for Jimmy, his age, his experience, and he came highly recommended from some people I trust in Carolina.” -Marc Trestman, ESPN Chicago
Until Cutler proves that he can stay on the field for the entire 16-game regular season schedule, the backup quarterback is an important position for the Bears.
With Palmer having thrown only 15 passes in his career, it seems unlikely that the Bears would have trusted the veteran in the event that Cutler went down with an injury.
Now, with Clausen, the Bears have a backup quarterback that was once a starting quarterback in the NFL. Clausen was the starting quarterback for Carolina Panthers in 2010. 2010 was also the last season that Clausen appeared in a regular season game as the Notre Dame alum has spent the past three seasons serving as backup to Cam Newton.
Hopefully, Clausen’s streak of not appearing in regular season games continues this season for the Bears.