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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.

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Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:44 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

I think it's great that the NFL is not allowing Cam to get a "pass" on his past transgressions. 
Just because Auburn and the NCAA chose to look the other way to his actions and allowed Cam to not respond to legit questions, doesn't mean the NFL and it's teams have to do the same. If he is not smart enough to read defenses or have learned how to read defenses, than that is Cam's fault. Not the media or the NFL or the public.
It's about time Cam is being held accountable for his actions, knowledge and reactions like EVERY other adult.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:42 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

No because you can compare Newton to white quarterbacks with rocket arms,who some may have questions about in the NFL, now some of these guys weren't accused of the more egregious offense Newton has, some not at all but for the most part these are guys who could compare to him, let the list begin......NOW!:
Jeff George
Ryan Leaf
Dan McGwire
Chris Leak
Quincy Carter
There's a few there, let's get a list going, any other suggestions?

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:25 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

The difference is that Elway went to Stanford, so everyone knew he had the brains to play in the NFL.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:09 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

And they say "RACE" doesnt matter. lol

Are Newtons only comparisons to "BLACK" quarterbacks?

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:36 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Rather than jsut throw race and such, lets look at the knock on him since day 1.....   he had his problems at UF... lying, cheating and stealing... went and found a team that would let him play and his knock was that the Auburn offense was a one look or one read then take off.  He proved he had talent but this is the NFL...  when you go to interview, and they start talking about schemes... this is standard  stuff..... if NFL coaches/Coordinators "fit" the schem around this kid....  ahhh, people get fired because Defenses will kill this kid.... remember, everyone on that field runs just as fast and hits harder than college kids!!!  honestly, he does remind me of Vince Young... both ran out the shotgun, both had one read offenses and both were athletic as hell.  Can he be good... remains to be seen but he is a project, just like Tebow.  He is not a top ten pick but is hype is what he is going on.   Trust me, if you can't draw up basic plays or react to basic NFL defensive schemes.... you have a lot to learn.  The bright side... his dad or him no longer have to deny that they are getting paid to play football :)

Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:18 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

the nfl is too stubborn and outdated, why dont these offensive coordinators design an offensive scheme that is suited to newton's talents and allow him to flourish, the nfl always finds excuses to exclude a player instead of using a players talents to the best of his abilities, cam is suited for a spread offense that allows him to improvise, vince young belongs in the same offense, these senior citizen offensive coordinators need to loosen up.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:02 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

And as for Newton thinking "the whole world is out to get him"... that would be a correct analysis FOR HIM.  Its the American way... ignore obvious flaws in order to idolize someone beyond all common sense AND THEN crush him/her accordingly by using a similar level of nonsense and ridiculousness.  He accepted and embraced the first part (calling himself an "icon" was pretty dumb as well) and now a naive 22 year old kid will feel the highly negative yet inevitable side of the equation. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:01 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

People start playing the race card when you use words like 'thug' for a guy that's never been associated with gang activity.  A cheating son of a hypocritical lying father--yes. Thug--no.  Unless that's just what you say for every black dude you don't like.  It goes without saying that you wouldn't use the same word for a white guy--thus the race card will continue to get played on comments like yours.

So, critics of Newton, who have more than enough reasons to criticize are racists, but those hyper-critics of Tebow, also known as hypo- crites are simply analyzing his throwing motion?  Newton is a known liar, thief, and non- repentent egotist, while his predecessor at Florida was a natural leader, squeaky clean guy with intangibles off the charts, yet Newton is a "natural" and Tebow is seriously "flawed".  This world is seriously $crewdup.  

These "experts" couldn't tell the real deal if it bit them on the @stroturf.  Scam is a flim-flam.  Yeah, he plays pretty well, but who would you want to turn your team over to?  What kind of me- first clubhouse would you have?  What would the police blotter look like?  

Give me the guy who elevates the play of the other guys on the team and makes them play better, who leads by example.  Give me the guy who just does everything humanly possible to win.  Win, lose, or draw you want to go to war with that guy.

Scam Newton is not that guy. 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:55 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

I tried looking it up online but was unable to find it... does anyone know what Newton scored on his SAT/ACT (as I'm sure his Wonderlic hasn't been released as of yet)?  Considering the league experts will bash a guy for having hands that are too small, I'm amazed their college board scores aren't a very public criteria during the draft.  Of course, now that I think of it, the NFL most likely uses them but is not a fan of posting these numbers publicly as it would be pretty embarrassing for some of the players and most definitely the schools and the league. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:32 am

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

It seems like Newton is not too bright and has trouble with accuracy.  Those two thing will be a "coach killa" in the NFL.  Plus the guy has some character issues as well.

Seems like Vince Young II.   Lots of bells and whistles but not much substance.

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