I watch clausen in person at oaks Christian, know people who went to middle school with him as well as high school with him, watched most of his notes dame career
And despite having the same QB coach in Steve clarkson they are nothing alike. Barkley is big time in the intangible department. He's a leader, he's resilient, he's tough, he's smart, he's persistent, he achieves his goals in life that are under his control, he understands the game, makes his own audibles, and is just in general a nice guy with a strong head on his shoulders. Hea accurate, with great pocket presence but does misread some plays and throw picks under pressure which he has to work on
Clausen is a grade A, A-hole who was an egomaniac. Had most of his high school teammates wanting to punch him in the face, wasn't very popular in the notes dame lockerroom. He has tools but mentally hes only bested by Ryan leaf.
The comparison isn't even close. Barkley is still a blue chip prospect but he's not a qb who can be successful without strong talent around him. He's more joe flacco, Alex smith, Matt Ryan as a guy who needs a strong supporting cast as opposed to a cam newton, big Ben, Aaron rodgers who succeed regardless.
Barkleys success will depend on the team around him and the offense he's in.
To some, he was just a boy. A boy who played football, a football player that grew to be a man. A man that took over a city, a city that he made his own, a city that stands behind him in hopes of becoming one of that cities all-time greats. To some, 2013 was a fluke. To some, he can't do it again. To some, he got lucky.
To us though, to the Philly faithful, that QB is Nick Foles. To us, that's our QB.
I think your wrong to putt Matt Ryan in the same conversation as Alex Smith. Matt Ryan has a big arm and is accurate. Still young and developing. He's done well when he only had Rodie White. Not worth arguing though as its off topic.
Matt Barkley will struggle with arm strength and ball velocity at the next level (the biggest factor in the 15 interceptions he has) . He may hold down a starting job but won't be a franchise quarterback and game changer. I think his ceiling is Jeff Garcia and his expected pace is Chad Pennington. His draft stock has dropped since last year. He'll be a first rounder bc someone will over reach for a QB. However, he should be a second round pick.
Btw, your only real reason that Clausen and Barkley aren't close is their attitudes. That's not enough. You got more to bring distinction, yes?
I can't believe that the people wanting Chip Kelly haven't brought up Colin Kaepernick's name yet. Anybody watch MNF? He steamrolled the Bears. He's a young, athletic QB who has been in the league a few years and has a pretty big arm.
Oh, what I'd give to trade franchises with the 49ers.
Foles, I said he has all of the tools which he does. Doesn't mean hell be successful. Tons of people have the tools. He can be a successful nfl qb. Will he? He's not off to a great start
Barkley has to hit the right situation to let the intangibles speak.
Attitude is vital. Most qbs, a high percentage have multiple set of abilities that make them nfl caliber. Where does the separation come from? Attitude, work ethic, drive
If attitude was such a small factor jamarcus Russell would have made it
Arm strength played a role in the last issue but minor because I doubt anyone would be capable of fitting the balls in to where he tried
His arm isn't where you put it, I've never seen him throw a deep ball and say he just can't make the throw. Never seen him throw a 10 yard out and say he just can't get it there
Is he rolling out there with a Vick arm? No. But chad Pennington struggled to hit 50 yards. Jeff Garcia as well. Matt has a good enough arm. Its average to slightly above average. He doesn't have a noodle arm, he's not Matt leinart. His arm is more than capable. In his 4 years ive never seen him unable to make throws.
This was his worst looking season as a Trojan, for whatever reason not statistically but decision making wise. Hes not the first qb to go back to school and have a bad season
Again, your QB comparison is just off. And I'm not even sure what you're trying to say. Looks like it needs an edit bc of some incompete thoughts. He has an average arm.
We're getting off topic. The point is that the Eagles should not reach for an QB in this draft thinking they are the answer. Build around Foles because its your best option until the draft or free agency look better
Btw, to say Vick doesn't have drive, work ethic, and a good attitude would make you disconnected from what's going on. Vick isn't struggling bc he doesn't work hard. He's struggling because he can't read a defense.
There's just more to your examples than "attitude"
Personally I'd rather have David Shaw from Stanford, but I wouldn't mind trying out Chip. Much rather have him than that fraud Gruden.