Just got off the phone with Steve Beuerlein, the former Panther Pro Bowl quarterback and one of the best guys who has ever been in the Carolina locker room.
Beuerlein was in the car on the way to the Washington Redskins' training camp in Ashburn, Va. At the invitation of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Beuerlein is going to be there for the next couple of weeks, starting with a team meeting tonight and Redskins practice Friday. Beuerlein will sit in on coaches' meetings, go to all the practices and see life from an NFL coach's perspective.
Does this mean that Beuerlein would like to go into coaching? "Who knows what the future holds?" Beuerlein, 45, said. "This is not a big deal right now. I just want to basically get a feel for what the coaches do and see if it's something I would like to do down the road."
I was talking with Beuerlein mostly about Jimmy Clausen. Beuerlein has a unique perspective on Clausen, as he preceded Clausen as the Notre Dame starting quarterback by about 20 years and also as a Panther quarterback. "I'm really glad we've got another Notre Dame quarterback in town," Beuerlein said, "and I think he has a bright future."
I'm interviewing lots of people about Clausen for what will be an extensive background story on the Panthers' new rookie quarterback. It is slated to be published in Sunday's sports section, as well as online at www.CharlotteObserver.com. Take a look at it once it is published -- I can promise you there will be some things in there about Clausen you didn't know.