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On the bright side, his control of the game, his arm strength, and his decision-making all showed marked improvement.

 

On the dark side, he still has a hard time going through all of his progressions, stares down his receivers, and, as witnessed by his interception, he is still prone to making bad decisions. And then there is his unexplainable inability to throw the ball away instead of running out of bounds and taking a 5 to 10 yard loss.

 

He probably is going to be a good one, but he is a long, long, loooong way away from being a great one.

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And then there is his unexplainable inability to throw the ball away instead of running out of bounds and taking a 5 to 10 yard loss.

 

That was the most frustrating thing about watching JC today - throw it away. And to make matters worse, on the play he should have taken a sack, he slings it into the middle of the line for an interception. :evil: :evil:

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I hate to even think it, but his running out of bounds like that looks a lot like padding his stats. Had he done the best thing for the team, his stats would show at least three more incompletions.

 

He's gotta know that the pro scouts like seeing the QB throw the ball away in those situations and factor that into assessement of one's stats. Don't think that's something JC is accustomed to being a freshman. A very teachable and correctable freshman mistake. Bet you won't see it happen ever again in his ND career.

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I don't know about padding stats, It's still a negative if you look at rushing. Also guys, we do have to take into account that JC is a freshman, we can expect him to make mistakes.

 

With a drop-back passing QB, nobody looks at rushing yards. It's all about completions versus attempts, touchdowns versus intercepts, passing yardage, and QB rating (which takes into account all of those things).

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lighten up on JC a bit, will ya? he's on the road in front of, presumably, alot of his homies and family, so that coupled with the fact he's still a true frosh should lead us to cut him a little slack. he made a lot of good plays today and his play in last three games give us a LOT of hope for him and this team next season.

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lighten up on JC a bit, will ya? he's on the road in front of, presumably, alot of his homies and family, so that coupled with the fact he's still a true frosh should lead us to cut him a little slack. he made a lot of good plays today and his play in last three games give us a LOT of hope for him and this team next season.

 

You're right in noting that we expect a lot of JC. But he wouldn't have it any other way.

 

I would say he gets a B- for his Freshman Year. And I'm grading him on a par with Seniors. In other words, already a little better than the average starting college quarterback.

 

But, c'mon, you gotta be able to throw the ball out of bounds to prevent a 10 yard loss.

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But, c'mon, you gotta be able to throw the ball out of bounds to prevent a 10 yard loss.

 

agreed but im not gonna nit-pick too much each play. overall, these last three performances have been almost sensational when ya look at the numbers and think how he'd been banged around, etc.

 

and i'll say he's right now better than BQ was as a frosh. and i have no reason to believe CW won't develop JC into a qb better than BQ! i know it sounds heretical but i think it's true. like CW developed brady into being better than bledsoe. that's what we're looking at here, i think ( hope!).

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lighten up on JC a bit, will ya? he's on the road in front of, presumably, alot of his homies and family, so that coupled with the fact he's still a true frosh should lead us to cut him a little slack. he made a lot of good plays today and his play in last three games give us a LOT of hope for him and this team next season.

 

Well, the perplexing thing about this for me is that he had no problem throwing it away earlier in the year and now all of a sudden he didn't do it. I'm not a conspiracy theorist so I'm not buying the padding of the stats stuff...but I guarantee you that JC and CW are reviewing tape this week. It was really baffling to watch, and frustrating to boot.

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lighten up on JC a bit, will ya? he's on the road in front of, presumably, alot of his homies and family, so that coupled with the fact he's still a true frosh should lead us to cut him a little slack. he made a lot of good plays today and his play in last three games give us a LOT of hope for him and this team next season.

 

Well, the perplexing thing about this for me is that he had no problem throwing it away earlier in the year and now all of a sudden he didn't do it. I'm not a conspiracy theorist so I'm not buying the padding of the stats stuff...but I guarantee you that JC and CW are reviewing tape this week. It was really baffling to watch, and frustrating to boot.

 

JC has had problems throwing the ball away all year.. i noticed it early and figured charlie would get it fixed, but actually it got worse as the season went on.. i'm sure thats something they'll talk about though to have corrected for next year..

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I missed a lot of the first half, but there were two times in the second where he clearly should have thrown it away. The first was right after Zibby's huge punt return and I can't understand why he didn't launch it into the sidelines.

 

The second was understandable - it was right when he and a Cardinal both got unsportsmanlike penalties. In watching that play, if he threw it, he clearly would have gotten drilled in the ribs - there was a guy right there. He might have been able to get it out a bit sooner, but he was trying to reach the edge.

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It will be fixable. I did all the news and blogs early this morning and one added a bit a bit on on of these runs to the sideline it stated Weis asked Clausen "What are you doing." So it's correctable.

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lighten up on JC a bit, will ya? he's on the road in front of, presumably, alot of his homies and family, so that coupled with the fact he's still a true frosh should lead us to cut him a little slack. he made a lot of good plays today and his play in last three games give us a LOT of hope for him and this team next season.

 

Well, the perplexing thing about this for me is that he had no problem throwing it away earlier in the year and now all of a sudden he didn't do it. I'm not a conspiracy theorist so I'm not buying the padding of the stats stuff...but I guarantee you that JC and CW are reviewing tape this week. It was really baffling to watch, and frustrating to boot.

 

JC has had problems throwing the ball away all year.. i noticed it early and figured charlie would get it fixed, but actually it got worse as the season went on.. i'm sure thats something they'll talk about though to have corrected for next year..

 

I thought he did just fine throwing it away against both PSU and BC. I was at both of those games and he seemed to throw it away when he needed to. My question in this game is why in the world wasn't CW all over him like a fly on horse s :censored: immediately after the FIRST time in the game when he scrambled and ran out of bounds for an 8 yard loss? Whomever said that JC is still slow with his progressions is very true. I have a feeling the reason for that is two fold. First, and obviously, he's young. Second, for good reason, he has no faith in his Oline. I think he was actually rushing his progressions because he knew he had at best a second or 2 before he was going to get blown up. To me, when he was rushing his progressions that leads to him skipping right past open, or MORE open, receivers making him look both slow and confused.

 

Another point about Claussen is that he still isn't pointing out the blitzes and audibling off them correctly. You can really really make a team pay for a failed corner blitz by audibling to a screen (and actually executing the damn play) or by calling a quick slant off of a 2 step drop. If he can do that successfully even a couple times a game, teams will be less inclined to blitz off the corner. We haven't seen that all year unfortunately.

 

I still think the kid is going to be good. I'm a little affraid about how his attitude and actions will reflect on the University. We know a ton of people at ND and I've never heard one person say anything nice about the kid. His reputation appears to be that of a spoiled rich kid a-hole. Hopefully a little maturing will take care of that though.

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I'm kind of getting sick of people referring our QB as a punk. So he has a little celebration after a win from a terrible season, can you blame him? He's been all over the news for his flashy announcement, and now all the pundits are having their way with him. He's had zero learning curve all year mixed in with a little pourus OL play and that spells our season. He gives it back to people sacking him left and right, and is always jumping in on the touchdown celebratory huddle in the endzone with his teamates. What do we want here, complacancy? He's not Brady Quinn. He's hot tempered, cocky and a little arrogent. He's perfect for ND. Flashback to last night, Guess who a$$ smacked the injured QB from SU when he got up off the ground from that vicious helmet blow? Yeah, he's pretty conceded. He makes mistakes, yet he doesn't ever seem to be fazed. JC has been hit all year round from all angles (especially from the blind) and he celebrates and highsteps after a win. What does Aaron Taylor want? I'm glad to have a fireball QB who get's pissed off at late hits and at foul-mouthed defenders. Notice one thing ND fans, his celebrations are with teamates and not by himself. Cut the kid some slack and some much deserved celebrations. He got hit for us all year and kept getting up, so lets not blast his character for being excited after a win. Let's simply celebrate with him!

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I'm kind of getting sick of people referring our QB as a punk. So he has a little celebration after a win from a terrible season, can you blame him? He's been all over the news for his flashy announcement, and now all the pundits are having their way with him. He's had zero learning curve all year mixed in with a little pourus OL play and that spells our season. He gives it back to people sacking him left and right, and is always jumping in on the touchdown celebratory huddle in the endzone with his teamates. What do we want here, complacancy? He's not Brady Quinn. He's hot tempered, cocky and a little arrogent. He's perfect for ND. Flashback to last night, Guess who a$$ smacked the injured QB from SU when he got up off the ground from that vicious helmet blow? Yeah, he's pretty conceded. He makes mistakes, yet he doesn't ever seem to be fazed. JC has been hit all year round from all angles (especially from the blind) and he celebrates and highsteps after a win. What does Aaron Taylor want? I'm glad to have a fireball QB who get's pissed off at late hits and at foul-mouthed defenders. Notice one thing ND fans, his celebrations are with teamates and not by himself. Cut the kid some slack and some much deserved celebrations. He got hit for us all year and kept getting up, so lets not blast his character for being excited after a win. Let's simply celebrate with him!

 

 

Great post Don!!

 

Lay off the kid, no need to name call him! He is busting his ass and has been getting creamed all year long, That works for me!! Thanks for a great effort this year Jimmy!! Don't let the hater's get to you.

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Fired up or not, a leader is ALWAYS in control. That's how you get people to follow you. I like the fact that he is a team guy and is always the first person to give congrats to players. He defitely brings an energy and a cockiness, but I personally think he needs to do that when he is dominant and has the other 10 guys on O willing to run through a brick wall for him. That simply isn't the case, yet so it comes across as looking foolish to me right now. Unfortunately, when you win over a bad Stanford team to finish your abismal year 3-9, you're going to look stupid skipping around the field at the end of the game. JC has a lot of work to do in the off season as do much of the rest of the team.

 

As far as his rep at ND, that's coming from people that are around him on a regular basis having nothing to do with football and is also a collection of personal opinion. Your mileage may vary. I've never met him, seen him, conversed with him, or even so much as waved to him so I have no idea personally how he is.

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