The Baltimore Ravens will send in Jimmy Clausen to stand in for injured quarterback, Matt Schaub, when the Ravens play the Seahawks, ESPN.com reports.
The decision means that Clausen will become the 6th quarterback to start against the same team for two different teams during the same season. The last quarterback to do so was Kyle Orton in 2011. He played for the both the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers while he played for the Broncos and the Chiefs.
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Clausen started against the Seahawks on September 27 while he was playing for the Chicago Bears. The Bears lost to the Seahawks, 26-0.
Now, Clausen has a chance to redeem himself with the Baltimore Ravens. Schaub is out of the game against the Seahawks because of a chest injury.
“Jimmy is smart,” John Harbaugh, the Baltimore head coach said (via Bleacher Report). “He has been in this basic system before. He knows how to handle himself. He has played a lot of football, so he’s fine.”
As ESPN.com reports, now that Jimmy Clausen will be the starting quarterback for the Ravens, this will be the third time they’ve changed the starting quarterback in the last four weeks. Previously Joey Flacco started 122 consecutive regular-season games, one of the longest streaks in NFL history. However, Flacco tore two knee ligaments in November, bringing his season to a premature end.
Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Marc Trestman, expressed confidence that Clausen’s growth as a NFL player would be an asset to the Ravens in the upcoming game against the Seahawks. He coached Clausen last season when the quarterback was still playing for the Chicago Bears.
“He has really humbled himself over the years in terms of the things that he has had to go through in his NFL journey,” Trestman said.
“He had a very difficult first year. The word out of Carolina was he handled himself in an exemplary fashion — showed great leadership — in a very, very difficult season. That showed up last year being around him, that the guys will rally around him. He’s mentally tough and physically tough, and he has come in here under unusual circumstances and at an unusual time.”
According to Bleacher Report, The Seattle Seahawks are the favorities going into the matchup against The Ravens and the Seahawks’ website quotes coach Jay Carroll stating that they don’t plan to do anything remarkably different to face off against Clausen.
“I don’t know that they’re going to do anything different,” Carroll said. “We’re just going with what we’re seeing. The nature of changing would be because the quarterbacks were really different types of players, but otherwise they’ve got to run their offense and do the things that they do. So that’s what we’re kind of counting on, we’ll see what happens on gameday.”
Baltimore Ravens receiver, Chris Mathews is also familiar with the Seahawks. He played for the Seahawks last season and part of this season and will start for the Ravens against the Seahawks in the next game.
According to their website, the Seahawk’s injury list contains a couple of big names- running back Marshawn Lynch, defensive end Demarcus Dobbs and defensive tackle Jordan Hill
Bob Condotta, writing for The Seattle Times, says that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is one team member to watch in the game against the Ravens. Russell Wilson’s numbers have been impressive this season: 6-86 passing for 879 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during the last three games.
“That is obviously an impossible pace to keep up and going against a Ravens’ team that has been playing defense defense most of the season could mean a little regression to the mean,” Condotta writes. “Or maybe not as Wilson continues to show he can defy expectations.”
Let’s see how Jimmy Clausen matches up against Russell Wilson.
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