2010: Jimmy Clausen (WORST)
Why He’s Here: As a rookie out of Notre Dame selected in the 2nd round, Clausen shouldn’t have been this bad. He took over early in the season for a struggling Matt Moore but averaged less than 120 passing yards per game. Considering he had the likes of Steve Smith, Jonathan Stewart, and DeAngelo Williams around him, Clausen should have been able to do better. Instead, the Carolina offense was as anemic as they get that season, and with a solid supporting cast, Clausen has to be the one to take the blame. In his first start, Clausen fumbled three snaps, losing two of them, prompting Smith to yell at him on the sidelines. Things never got much better from there.
Team Success: The Panthers went 2-14 in 2010. With the talent around Clausen, they should have been at least a little better. However, that season gave Carolina the first overall pick the following year, a pick they used on Cam Newton.
By the Numbers: Completed 157 of 299 passes (52.5%) for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions.