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Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 8:08 pm
Posted by Rob Rang

Cam Newton's struggles in the throwing session at the Combine Sunday have already been well documented. His strategy of reading a prepared statement and refusing to acknowledge the extent of the "mistakes" he made earlier in his career while at Florida has been hotly contested.

Even more of a concern, however, is that the reigning Heisman winner is also struggling answering football questions during team interviews at the Combine. has learned that at least two teams gave Newton poor grades for his "football character" following interviewing him at the Combine. Newton, according to league sources, had a difficult time drawing up plays and how to react to different defensive schemes when asked to work on the white board.

There is no denying Newton's potential, but his success in spread option offense much simpler than anything he'll see in the NFL continues to be his greatest challenge. Not all teams are convinced he has the ability to make the adjustment to the complex defensive schemes he'll see at the pro level.

This entry was cross-posted from Rob Rang's NFL Draft Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:56 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

So Newton got an education at Auburn, lets suppose that worth generously $150,000.  Newton made for the school tens of millions of dollars.  That hardly seems like tit for tat.  If Auburn didn't give him his "internship" plenty of other schools would have been happy to.  Auburn got the better deal from Newton not the other way around.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:27 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

lol $CAM!!!! $SCAM!!. maybe you should of payed attention in college to understand basic english. instead of be a meat head and worry about FOOTBALL!! only lol

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:04 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Shut up racist!!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 1:03 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

YOur jealous my man. Just shut up!

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:48 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Are Newtons only comparisons to "BLACK" quarterbacks?
Sounds horrible, but can you honestly think of a better comparison than Vince Young?  Big, athletic dual threat with a strong arm, questionable mechanics, and one year of stardom.  Maybe if Jake Locker turns out to be a bust he and Newton may be compared, but if the shoe fits...

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:35 pm

A different perspective

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:11 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

You know what? He got to play a game in college, a damn game and was given a FREE education, do you know how much it costs per year to go to Auburn? If you're an Alabama native it costs $21,028, if you're from out of state it costs $35,044, I found those numbers on here's the link:

He got room, board, meals, and an education GIVEN to him oh yeah and the priviledge to play college football which will enable him to become VERY wealthy so don't tell me about how he lived in austerity while MCAA higher ups got all fat and happy because when he leaves school he will hjave NO college loans to pay back, he WILL have millions of dollars in the bank and the opportunity to make more.

If anything look at his time at Auburn as his unpaid internship, we've all had internships in our careers we didn't get paid for, so his time as Auburn QB was his internship for the NFL because obviously school didn't matter to him so that part of what Auburn gave him was meaningless but what he did get was an internship that then set him up to be paid very well, it'd be like you interning in the mailroom at an accounting firm only to be named a full partner and making a six figure salary after the internship was over and you wouldn't have to go back to school to complete your education, free to make heaps and heaps of money!

Oh and BTW the NCAA restricts athletes to 20 hours per week for practice etc. then you have class time and social time, if a player wants to have some money in his pocket he can get a job when football season is over he just needs to make sure he follows the NCAA rules which any compliance officer would be happy to furnish to said player.
So right now, before spring practice begins go and get yourself a part time job then once spring practice is over work through the summer too epsecially if you're not taking classes you'll have time to work out also and make some money, save your money so that when you get to football season you have some cash to spend here and there when you want to and it's good real world experience on budgeting too.
Look, whether you want to be an NFL player or not you don't have to be playing & practicing all year long and there's nothing saying that when you're not taking classes you can't work in place of your football practices.
I'm sick of people saying how sorry they feel for these kids not when they're being given a world class education free of charge, if you don't want it then fine you get paid minimum wage 40 hours per week while you're in college playing football and we'll run up a bill for you when you leave school the bill will be due, you can pay it or have your agent pay it once you get an NFL deal, don't get an NFL deal? well then you'll just have to pay it all back just like any other student would.
If those terms are agreeable then fine! but don't go whining when you don't make an NFL roster, aren't making big dough, or are struggling in the CFL or Arena ball where they don't pay nearly as much and you have to pay back student loans.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:56 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

You don't have to be smart to play a one scheme offense in college.  And success within that scheme will not necessarily translate to success in the NFL.  If he can't even draw up plays on a whiteboard in "what-if" scenarios, how will he make adjustments and reads against the complex defensive schemes of the NFL.  Unfortunately, think Cam may be the second coming of Jamarcus Russell.  Great talent, big arm, but just not a NFL QB.  Look at all the QBs who came out of TX Tech with Mike Leach or Hawaii with June Jones.  Prolific passers in college, but I don't think any of them are even in the NFL as backups now.  Cam had 1 great season and won the Heisman, but that alone won't make him successful in the NFL. 

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:54 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

OMG, liek we didn't KNOW this would happen. Criticize the black and you MUST be a racist.
I am so sick and tucking fired of this I hope he fails SOLELY because of his race.
This is disgusting.
The guy is a meglomanical thief and damn near a retard, but it's all because he is black.
I wonder if he has a draem??

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:54 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Because the skills that Cam Newton has in which e has flourished in the spread offense require very little reading of defensive coverages and as you know the NFL can be very sophisticated with their defenses.
If he tries to run like he has in college than he's going to take some hits which isn't bad and is par for the course but some of those hits are going to hurt and more than anything he opens himself up to injury.
Why do you think Randall Cunningham said he became a better QB the more he passed more and ran less, same thing for Steve Young, even Michael Vick will tell you that the key to his success and longevity will be him maturing as a passer and not taking so many big hits, running especially into the open field leaves you vulnerable for a free safety or linebacker to set you up and tee off on you with a full head of steam.
When a QB gets sacked sure it hurts but at the least in most cases the lineman of the linebacker who sacks the QB has been slowed a bit by the O-Line and therefore there isn't as much force being administered also in the open field you can't see who's coming from where and before you know it you're taking a huge hit that ESPN is showing on "jacked up"
You can call O-Coordinators senior citizens all you like but the more they "loosen up" the more that makes the plays unpredictable which is good to fool the opposing defense but it also leaves your O-line looking foolish because they can't protect the QB effectively.
Why do you think the option never caught on in the NFL? because most defensive lineman and linebackers can run just as fast laterally and as well as backs & QB's.
Will an option play here and there work? absolutely because it's not expected but would it work for a whole game as your offense in the NFL - not at all, these are the best football players & athletes in the world and if they know an option play is coming you can bet they WILL stop it.
Same thing with the spread, sure it works well in college because not all the guys in college ball will make it to the NFL and all it takes is a couple of those guys to not recognize what the offense is doing and then you have a big gain.
They always say the game is much faster in the NFL which is true, it's a read and react league and the spread does NOT ask a QB to do so, if the QB can read defenses and is willing to put the film study in then he'll do great.
Vince Young, not known for doing much film study, how many stories have you heard about him not doing all he can to be great.
Drew Bledsoe was the same way with the Pats, he had all the athletic ability, heck Bill Walsh said he could have been one of the greatest of all time but he didn't do the offseason work, he didn't do the film study like he should of with the Pats but again another guy with the physical skills he just didn't do the other things to take his game to a higher level.
If Newton can then he will be suvvessful plain and simple, if he doesn't or won't then he will be a bust.

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