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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: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:16 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Though I do agree with you that Newton is gonna be a bust in the league, what makes you think
Jake Locker is gonna be anything but a bust either.  It is easy to compare QB's because of the
color of their skin.  Today's QB needs to be bright.  VY was an idiot coming out of college and it
has translated into his problems in the NFL.  However, ability is just as important.  Locker is about
as accurate in his passing ability as Newton and Jamarcus Russell as well.   That will not translate
well in the NFL either.  Locker has heart but has Rex Grossman written all over him as well.

You may think of Vick as a dirt ball for what he did off the field and most wouldn't blame you but
he is not an idiot on it.  The chances he takes does have a tendency to put him in harms way more
so than most QB's but he does have a great football IQ.  Also, Tebow made the deans list while
at Florida so I think you can retract calling him a dummy.  That might not translate into a stellar
NFL career but smarts or lack there of will not have anything to do with it.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:06 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

But he just wants to be an "entertainer".  He MIGHT make the cut on "Dancing With the Stars" if they get to him early .... else he won't make the "stars" cut.  He's probably the only GUARANTEED bust in the draft.  I wonder which Matt Millen wannabe will take him ....

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:02 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

The guy's a joke.  The only record he'll set is the fastest to reach "bust" status.  He's a combination of T.O. and VY ... which is a disaster in the making.  In fact ... he's a SLOWER VY with about the same wits about him ... which is ZERO.  All this guy wants to do is entertain ... maybe he'll be another no-talent rapper or a guest on "Dancing With The Stars".  He doesn't seem to take football bery seriously.  Has he broken the record for WORST Wonderlic score yet?

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:58 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

You are 100% right about Cam Newton "HAPPY8SS".&n
bsp; To just be a good QB in the NFL it takes a lot of mental capability and smarts, something that Cam Newton doesn't have.  It wouldn't be a big deal to anyone to be honest and say that Cam Newton is dumb, but the fact that he is a black QB, it some how is a sin.  Vince Young is dumb and immature, Jamarcus Russell was lazy and stupid and 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.  Is Cam Newton any different than these QB's, not really.  In fact he reminds me a lot of Vince Young when he was coming out of college, only I believe Can Newton might be dumber than Vince.  Why is it wrong to say that about a black QB?  I mean I think the same can be said about Tim Tebow, he has tons of athletic ability, great work ethic, but his arm is suspect and his brain is lacking the smarts it takes to be a successful NFL QB.

So if I can see these things about these athletes, how come teams continue to draft them in the first round and pay them millions of dollars?  Anyone who think Cam Newton will be a better QB than say Jake Locker, doesn't really know NFL football in my opinion.  I was right about Vince Young and I will  be right about Cam Newton, and like HAPPY8SS says, he would be better off concentrating on being a TE in the NFL, at least that way he might get more than one contract in his NFL career.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:57 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Hmmm. so he played in a spread offense in college, can't take a center snap, can't read defenses and can't throw?  Sounds a lot like Tim Tebow, Alex Smith and Vince Young.  Who wants to invest millions in one of THOSE?  Maybe if he can get ESPN to convince people that he "wants it more than anyone else" "works harder than everyone else" and is a "winner" with "great intangibles" someone will take the bait and draft him in the first round anyway!

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:26 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

You morons say what you want, this guy will set records in the NFL. He is 3 times the QB of the ones he is being compared too. As far as his ability to read NFL defenses, NO ONE comes out of college knowing how to do that. He will learn. You will find out that this is the best ath. to ever come out of college. Watch and see. And you player haters stop cutting him down. Or, continue to do so, cause no one cares what you think you morons. WAR EAGLE

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:23 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

Well, this story can't be right! Mike Freeman (agenda) wrote that Cam Newton was doing well (agenda) in his interviews. Freeman (agenda) wrote that Newton charmed the socks (agenda) off NFL personnel as well as the media (agenda). Freeman talked like a proud father (agenda) about how well Newton was doing (agenda) on his way to proving the naysayers wrong (agenda). Rang must have missed the story by Freeman (agenda). He needs to rethink this story because it contradicts what the wise and knowing Freeman (agenda) wrote.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:17 pm

Cam Newton 'struggled' in some team interviews

The guy will be a bust.  None of these run-first guys ever really translate to the NFL.  Yeah, I know he threw for a lot of yards this year.  But let's not fool ourselves, this guy likes to run as his first option.  These types
of qb's may have a few good years, but never make the Hall of Fame.  Tarkenton is probably the only QB whom it can be argued was a run-first qb in the Hall of Fame.  I'll be cliche and say JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young as well!

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 8:10 pm

Cam Newton "struggled" in some team interviews

WOW, Shocker!!!  NOT!!!  Just because he was a HYPEman award winner does not make him NFL calibur!!  Yes his athletic ability is second to none, but this kid should just forget about the I AM A QB attitude an realize he would best be suited for a slot WR or even bulk up a bit and try TE.  I honestly believe this kid will have ZERO impact at the QB position in the NFL.  He is an elite athlete but not a QB.

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