Stats sometimes have a tendency to lie, which is why I typically pay no mind to them and don’t rely on them to tell the story. But backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen‘s stat line Sunday in a 26-0 shutout loss to the Seattle Seahawks pretty much accurately depicted his performance and what he offers the Bears.
He completed 9 of 17 passes for 63 yards. No touchdowns, no interceptions.
In other words, he was a caretaker of the offense. Somebody to take the snaps in order to give the ball to those who know what to do with it.
I don’t blame the Bears for not allowing Clausen to throw the ball more. The Bears started a few drives deep in their own territory, which is the last place you want to be in a hostile road venue.
The Seahawks defense preys on opposing offenses. They play physical and deliver bone-jarring hits and they feast off shaky quarterbacks, especially backups. This game had the makings of 50-0 rout, but it instead turned into a close, slugfest early before the Bears ran out of gas in the second half.
I credit Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase for his game plan to limit the damage Clausen could do and allow him to manage the offense through the run game and short passes.