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Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 10:01 pm
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Pro Football Weekly’s
Nolan Nawrocki generated a little controversy Tuesday when he wrote a scathing scouting report on Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Wrote Nawrocki: “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

Today, Nawrocki tried to set the record straight during a conference call. Via the transcript from, he was asked why he was so tough on Newton’s character and how much of a concern that could be to potential employers.

Said Nawrocki: “I think it was over-sensationalized in a slow news period. I don't think the evaluation was any different than any that we've been producing the last 33 years. If you look back last year at Jimmy Clausen, a lot of the same traits were mentioned. I thought he was an egotistical, disingenuous, scripted player with a sense of entitlement. I think that was a big reason why he slipped into the second round. You look back at history and I think you'll find a lot of similar evaluations of players. JaMarcus Russell is another one.

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“When you do the work – we study this stuff year-round, talk to all 32 teams, general managers, head coaches, area scouts, personnel directors, college coaches – anybody that has insight into these players. We're trying to figure out just what kind of kid they are, what kind of commitment are they going to have to the NFL game. With the way money has gone in recent years with how much these players are getting paid in the top 10, you know they're instant millionaires before they ever step on the field in the NFL. I think the importance of character has never been greater than it is now. And I think that's where a lot of teams miss on first-round picks. It's just not being able to properly identify the character.

“With all the work that we've done on (Newton's) background, with the extensive amount of research and time that went into digging and figuring out what kind of kid he is, I feel very strongly about what was written and I stand by it fully. I think it's no different than anything we've done in previous years.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:08 am

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:05 am

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

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Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:12 am

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Part of the freedoms we are fighting for, everyone, regardless of color, creed, or sex, is entitled to his or her own opinion.  That doesn't mean you have to like or dislike it.  I personally believe that he is right about what he said about Jimmy C.  They do critique everyone harshly if there are areas to exploit.  Jamarcus Russell I thought would explode in the NFL and be a star, he was awesome at LSU, however he imploded.  I do not put Cam in the same line as Jamarcus though, I think Cam has a lot more to offer.  He will be ready to do exactly what he did at AU prove critics wrong.  Face it racism is everywhere, however this guys column was just his opinion of the guy, I do not think it was racist.

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:43 am

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

@lurchdoggy - When Warren Moon "played the race card" he was referring to the overall reaction towards Cam Newton from the media. Warren Moon, having been a Black quarterback when there were few, deserves the respect considering his career was more difficult solely because of reactions due to his race.

Now, we can sit here and act as if racism doesn't exist, or we can seriously invalidate someone who had to deal with racism while in the league and consider the possibility that racially-based stereotypes and pre-conceived notions do exist and it's not surprising that Cam Newton may be the recipient of these reactions from the media.

As far as this particular scout goes, he's saying nothing that I haven't heard employers say about recent graduates. Whether or not it's rooted in assumptions based on race (via him and his sources), I don't know...but I do know that the scout claiming some of the same attributes most Generation Y'ers embody and are, at times, wrongly accused.

p.s. Pete Prisco already made the point about white players being lumped together just because they're White (i.e. White defensive ends who are always considered "high motor", "try hard" players rather than speed rushers). If this exists, why is it just impossible for Black players to be stereotyped?

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:50 am

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Ozark... modern society has a problem with the comments because someone is always going to play the race card (see Warren Moon).

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:07 pm

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

I don't understand why modern society has such a problem with criticism like that.  I found it to be an entirely fair opinion of a guy (Newton) most of us suspect of being a weasel.  Nothing I have ever read about Newton makes me think he will be a good franchise QB.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:53 pm

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

i would not draft newton in the first rd.he will be a bust,and not worth the headache.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:10 pm

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Good for Nolan. When I first saw this headline I thought he was going to puss out and backtrack. Newton will be a bust, especially if he is taken early. Not a lot of positive in any of his evaluation. Unless you want to be likened to Clausen (bust in the making)and Jawalrus.

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