Clausen deals with new system, Newton’s popularity

Last year’s Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Jimmy Clausen

says he’s keeping a good attitude despite learning a new offensive

system and battling Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for the


Clausen, in his second year out of Notre Dame, was the focus of

Panthers camp a year ago. Now, he hears screams like ”Sit down,

Clausen” from the crowd after a bad pass. Clausen says he and

Newton have become friends and welcomes the competition that will

make the offense better.

Clausen won just one of his 10 starts last season, throwing nine

interceptions and just three touchdowns.

Clausen says he’s not worried about the cheers for Newton when

the rookie breaks off a dazzling run or throws a long pass.