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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: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:43 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Recently, I saw an item about Ryan Leaf which sheds light on many of these quarterback prospects. A psychologist evaluated Leaf for the San Diego Charger and told them something like this: Leaf is an immature young man with a hair trigger temper. He should be required to earn everything and never handed anything without working for it.

Never been a truer statement. This is a guidline for handling all of these prima donnas, whether they are the hard-assed types or self-absorbed divas.

Not too many QB come into the NFL as men, like Plunkett, Elway, Marino, and some others less heralded did. Fortunately, after decades of bad experiences GMS and team owners finally have been waking up to reality, and have been less willing invest high draft choices and  big money in the riskiest of all positions.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:21 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Cam Newton = Vince Young = JaMarcus Russell

He'll be stealing someone's money real soon.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:04 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Lets' see....

Already talking about wanting to "be an icon" a la "King James" mentality of me shit.

Can't run even the most modestly complicated system without having an aneurism from the "brain strain"

Didn't even post great 40s time for a "mobile QB"

Can't throw for shit in terms of acuracy

Has HUGE character issues (yes Cam,  YOU stole the laptop, YOU cheated at FL, then YOU stole another student's paper and turned it in as if they wouldn't just print another retard?...then YOU saw some of the money from your father's ass auctioning you off to highest bidder0

Man, any team dumb enough to waste anything more than a 2d or 3d round pick (I wouldn't even do that much as a GM) on this guy and his baggae deserves to languish n last place for a while.

And NO, winning a national title doesn't mean he has "changed".  It just means he won a few games.  Doing that at the NCAA level doesn't mean it's going to translate to winning in the NFL

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:59 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Did anyone watch the BCS Championship game?  If you did, yo saw a QB in Cam Newton that was inaccurate.  He failed right there in the big spot light to hit the touch/exact throws.  If this guy goes in the top 2 rounds, it just proves ONCE AGAIN that human opinion is wrong.  That is why human opinion should have no say in picking a national champion.  Think about how many times draft picks are so wrong.  How can anyone argue that polls should have anything to do with ranking teams.  Pretty scarey how wrong they always are, hey?

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:54 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

What the heck is a bangwagon ?

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:51 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Locker has heart but has Rex Grossman written all over him as well.
Disagree. Grossman cant run like Locker can, i compare Locker to a young Jake Plummer. that's who he reminds me of which is why i would like to see him in a Redskin uniform.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:47 pm


Whether or not the guy is an excellent prospect or will be a successful NFL qb is besides the point.  I think the majority of people have been turned off not only by the scandal but with his attitude in general.  It seems pretty evident that the guy has a large portion of NFL followers rooting against him.  I'm one of them.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:45 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

You need to forget about Mike Vick, he is on his way to another large contract.  Brett Favre is on his way to the Hall of Fame, and his decision making process was loved by a lots of coacjes and players.  Cam Newton will be fine in the NFL, and will go high in the draft.  I wish Cam Newton the best of luck and continue to play football well at the next level.....

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:25 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

What's with the unprovoked shot at Rex Grossman?  He's been through a littany of bad offenses, coordinators and qb coaches, but still has a starting job and a superbowl appearance on his resume.  That sounds like a decent resume to me. 

ps.  He also has as many SEC championships as ESPN's favorite "winner" Tim Tebow. 

Go Rex, Go Gators!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:18 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

>>Michael Vick besides being a low life sick in the head scumbag is indeed a complete moron and it shows at points of the game when more than athletic ability is needed, especially at the end of the game when time is running out and decisions have to be made very quickly. 

You could make the same statement about Brett Favre, who lost more last minute games for the Vikings than he won.

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