Not that it is any consolation or any excuse for throwing four interceptions, but Charlie Weis said Sunday that Jimmy Clausen played through the flu on Saturday and that illness affected his play more so than the ankle injury he was nursing.
I think that his problems more yesterday physically were more flu related than they were beat-up related. I know Tim had asked about, I don’t know, his leg or whatever that was yesterday. He had asked about it. Of course he’s got bumps and bruises. He’s had a toe, he’s had ribs, he’s had a bunch of different things that he’s had to deal with physically, and he’s fought through all those.
But I think that more than anything this weekend it was just not feeling good. I sent him to bed early on Friday night because he definitely looked like he needed it. He wasn’t feeling very good on the plane coming down and felt better yesterday before the game. I think as the game went on he probably wasn’t feeling too well, both physically and how the game was going.
But I think yesterday was more — he’s not an excuse maker. I think it was more of the flu than it was physically.
Again, not trying to make excuses for Clausen’s performance, but figured it should be noted that he played through the flu. Clausen gets a lot of critcism – some of it warranted, some of it not – but over the last two years if there’s anything Clausen’s proven to me is that he is tough. He took a beating last year but never complained and he played sick and with a minor injury Saturday without using it as an excuse.