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Friday, August 15, 2014
Clausen hampered by technical difficulties

By Jeff Dickerson

CHICAGO -- Given the opportunity to relieve Jay Cutler at the 10:39 mark of the second quarter, Jimmy Clausen's efficiency dipped in the second preseason game to the tune of 11-of-15 pass completions for 94 yards, one interception and a passer-rating of 61.5.

However, the task of properly evaluating Clausen's overall body of work versus the Jacksonville Jaguars may prove to be difficult, because the headsets on the Chicago Bears' sidelines went down for a period of time when Clausen was in the game.

"There were some things that worked and some things that didn't work," Clausen said after the game. "We had a little miscommunication with the headsets. They were cutting in and out. We got that fixed. The most important thing is we got the win."

Bears head coach Marc Trestman told reporters that Clausen's third quarter interception occurred during the time the headsets weren't working properly. On second down from the Bears' 45 yard line, Clausen threw a deep pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Josh Bellamy that got tipped and picked off by Jacksonville free safety Josh Evans.

"It was a very difficult night because the headsets went down," Trestman said. "So there were three-to-five plays where it just became confusion, and [Clausen] really didn't get us into the best plays. He was trying to make something good out of a bad situation and there wasn't any way I could help him. That group, I would say up to a half dozen plays when Jimmy was in there, it was very difficult to evaluate. I'll see more when we look at the tape. You never want to throw a pick, but that was a play where he didn't get the play as well. So to make that a part of the evaluation, I know that's where we're going as we compare Jordan and Jimmy.

"I think it's best to look at the tape. I saw him make some very good throws as well. So we'll look at it. It's difficult to assess and compare until I look at the tape."

Clausen's competition for the No. 2 quarterback job, Jordan Palmer, entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed 6 of 9 throws for 73 yards and a rating of 91.4. Palmer led the Bears on the game-winning drive that culminated on a Senorise Perry five-yard touchdown run.

"This is a competition and the coaches have done a phenomenal job of making it very fair," Palmer said. "When you get to the preseason, you wait for your opportunity and when it comes you go in there and make the most of it."

With Cutler expected to play at least a half next Friday in Seattle, it will be interesting to see which of the two reserve quarterbacks comes into the game first after Cutler is pulled. That may be an indicator as to where the battle truly stands.