After some very classy remarks from Jordan Palmer following his release from the Chicago Bears, Marc Trestman spoke Monday for the first time on the subject. In his press conference, he made it clear why the Bears decided to go with Jimmy Clausen over Palmer:
“But I think at the end of the day, the upside for Jimmy, his age, his experience, and he came highly recommended to me from some people that I trust in Carolina. His ability to handle the adversity he had in his first year, his leadership qualities, he stood up tall through a lot of tough times in Carolina and gained the respect of his teammates and the team there with the way he handled himself in a very, very difficult year. So that, plus performance, plus experience, plus youth were a lot of the reasons.
This decision does not come as surprise to anyone. Although Palmer was the No. 2 quarterback following Josh McCown’s signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was obvious the Bears were still looking for a better option. That option came along when the team drafted David Fales in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and brought in Clausen, amoung others, to compete with Palmer.
Clausen is entering his fifth season in the NFL after playing his last four in Carolina. It is still unclear just how effective Clausen will be for the Bears, but like Trestman said, he likes the former Notre Dame standout’s resume.
Hopefully Clausen wont be needed this season, but it has been made clear by Bears management that they believe in their new backup if he is called upon.