OWINGS MILLS – If Jimmy Clausen starts at quarterback Sunday for the Ravens, he hopes it goes better than his last start against the Seahawks.
Clausen started Week 3 against Seattle when he was still a member of the Bears, replacing an injured Jay Cutler. It was not a good day for Clausen. He completed nine of 17 passes for a paltry 63 yards, and the Bears were shutout at home, 26-0. All 10 Bears’ possessions that day ended with a punt.
Clausen may get another opportunity Sunday when the Ravens host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub (chest) missed his second consecutive practice Thursday, leaving Clausen to take the starting reps again. If Clausen gets the call Sunday, he believes he will be prepared.
“The biggest thing being a backup quarterback is that you have to stay ready and prepared like you are going to start,” Clausen said Wednesday. “I’m getting more comfortable each and every day. The more you can speak the language, the easier it is to call the play, to get in the huddle, get to the line of scrimmage, making checks, do what you need to do at the line of scrimmage and run the play.
“Losing (to Seattle) doesn’t help, but just going in there preparing for them, practicing all week to get ready for them, I think it’s definitely going to help if I have to go in there.”
If Clausen plays, he knows a steady performance could help solidify a roster spot for next season, either with the Ravens or elsewhere.
“Every single day is another job interview,” Clausen said. “You’ve got coaches, GM’s, and scouts watching practice tape, watching game tape. You’ve always got an eye on you.”
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