Clausen is Marc Trestman's latest reclamation project

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen of the Carolina Panthers reacts after being hit against the Pittsburgh...

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen of the Carolina Panthers reacts after being hit against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the preseason game on August 30, 2012 at Heinz Field. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFP)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

Marc Trestman has always liked Jimmy Clausen; always believed he could one day become a succesful NFL quarterback.

He even tutored the former Notre Dame star before the 2010 draft and ran his pro day.

After that, their paths separated. Trestman was finding success and acclaim with Anthony Calvillo, in the CFL, in Montreal.

Clausen found himself in a no-win situation in Carolina, thrown into a starting role for which he was ill-prepared, behind an ineffective offensive line, and with limited offensive arsenal. The Panthers finished 2-14.

Clausen was just finished.

Carolina would draft Cam Newton and Clausen never again threw a pass. He was released last season.

Trestman, now head coach of the Chicago Bears, monitored Clausen’s off-season shoulder surgery to repair a labrum. He liked what he saw, signing his former pupil.

And, so begins Clausen’s second coming as an NFL quarterback.


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