Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens (10) throws a pass to wide receiver Chris Givens (13) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Who is Kellen Clemens?


Kellen Clemens was drafted in the 2nd round by the Jets out of Oregon in 2006. He has been the clipboard holder/insurance behind the likes of Chad Pennington, Brett Favre, Mark Sanchez, and Sam Bradford. This past season, he had his best season statistically. And if you read my article on Donald Brown, you know I love numbers.

He played in a career high 10 games in 2013, passing for 1,673 yards and 8 touchdowns. All career highs. If there was ever a good time to sign Clemens, the Chargers found it. San Diego got him for 2 years and $3 million. He was less than half the price of Charlie Whitehurst, who bolted for the Titans. Clemens is also more of a solid back up than Whitehurst for our main man Philip Rivers. Clemens will be 31 before the season starts, almost 2 years younger than Rivers. He won’t cause any quarterback controversy in training camp, but he provides more of a solid insurance than Clipboard Charlie. He was 4-5 as a starter last year, beating two playoff teams in the Saints and Colts. He threw for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win against Indianapolis, and also 218 yards and a touchdown against the formidable defense of the 49ers.

So fear not Chargers fans, Clemens is an able-bodied QB. Sure he isn’t an All-Pro, Pro Bowler, or even a long-term solution as a starting QB, but heaven forbid Rivers goes down, Clemens could hold back the flood waters and keep the Chargers in games. Especially if the Chargers can sign or draft more help in the passing game. Rivers is our guy, but Clemens is a step up from Whitehurst. That much we do know.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    I am a little confused why they would go after him if they like Sorensen so much, but he’s not the worst option in the world. I doubt we’ll ever have to put him in a real game though.

    • arnie

      Experience. God forbid if he ever had to play, I’m sure he cold deal with the pressure and throw a quick slant, or curl route, and hand the ball off.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Just saw his interview on, and I gotta say I’m impressed. I have no doubt that he’ll be a great backup/friend/consultant to Rivers, as well as help Sorensen progress. Looks like a great move by TT.

        • Peter Thompson

          Love the move.. just wish the timing was different. Not a fan of signing a backup QB on day two of free agency, and not addressing huge needs. I’ll get over it, though. It did need to be addressed, after CBJ left for the Titans.

          • Gunnar Martin

            I understand, felt the exact same way when I saw the headline. Same thing with the Donald Brown signing, being so quick and all when he clearly could have waited, but I’ll trust that TT knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t care if nobody else sees it the same way he does. I know he hasn’t built a dynasty yet or anything, but it’s worked for him so far.

          • arnie

            I’m with you Peter. On the up side, a draft pick won’t be used on this position. TT is maneuvering to take the BPA with is picks, with no pressure. Look at the draft, the Chargers needs are stacked with talent at WR, G, C, CB, and NT being the most pressing, is really the only pick they need to hit on.

  • powderBLUE801

    I really like Sorensen. I think he will develop into a great back up for rivers. He has one hell of a deep ball.

    • Nick Lee

      Yeah I was pretty high on Sorensen after last preseason. Hopefully they keep the kid and give him a chance in the future. But if the you-know-what hits the fan next year, I’d rather have Clemens than Sorensen just for the experience factor. But 2-4 years down the road, I like Sorensen.

  • Cgoodness13

    Nick name…..we need to give a one