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Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:02 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Jon Gruden had a chat with former Auburn QB Cam Newton, he put the potential No. 1 pick on the spot, and it didn’t go so well. Gruden asked Newton to call a play from Auburn’s offense, and frankly, Newton couldn’t do it.

To be fair, just what in the hell does “flip right double X jet 36 counter naked waglet 7 X quarter” mean, anyway?

I don’t know. And apparently neither does Newton. But Gruden, in the video below (via Sports By Brooks) , makes a good point about Newton’s readiness to play QB in the NFL.

The video is a little weird, because Gruden basically pounds Newton (but not in a jerkish kind of way). But Gruden also does a nice job exposing one of Newton’s big weaknesses heading into the NFL draft.

And you have to ask yourself? Is Newton really the player you want to take with the No. 1 pick?

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Questions abound about Newton's readiness

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Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:24 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

"And you have to ask yourself? Is Newton really the player you want to take with the No. 1 pick?"

At this point, the writer of this story is bound to know what Auburn fans knew alll along. And what AU fans knew was that asking "Is Newton really the player you want to take with the No. 1 pick" was asking a really stupid question. The only thing dumber than the question would have been a team passing on Cam. Good thing the people running the Panthers aren't that dumb.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:49 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

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Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:49 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 7:44 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

How can you say that Clausen "failed"?
He's been starter for 1 year! so that point is completely moot.
Next, all Newton had to say was: "this is how we called plays, we didn't do it in the way that most teams do"
THEN he could say : "For instance, when I see _____________________ it tells me that this is waht each player does and what the protection is.
He could have given a couple of examples, but he DIDN'T! he gave NO indication at all about how the plays are called and how he would communicate it to this teammates.
That's ALL he had to do and then Gruden would say : 'Ok, so that's how they get the plays in at Auburn" and then he wouldn't have had the questions he's raised which I believe ARE warranted.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:28 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

In my opinion you do not take a quarterback #1 overall to have them sit "3-5 years".  Any player worthy of being a number one pick, needs to be able to play from day one.  All of the linemen, defensive backs, linebackers, and receivers at the top of this years class are ready to contribute.  If you are going to have to pay him the obscene amount of money to sit for 3-5 years your rebuilding efforts are worthless. 

If people thinks hes going to need 2-3 years, hes not worth the money or the time of a number one pick.  Get a safe player and do not buy into the hype.  If you are going to gamble, go gamble on a the TCU Qb in the late 2nd, early 3rd... not with the #1 overall.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:20 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Hes athletic, but hes not smart.  You dont have to be athletic overly athletic to play quarterback.  You have to be accurate, smart and a leader.  He may be a leader at the college level, but if his play can not back up that leadership it wont matter. 

People want to compare this guy to Vick.  They are completely different players as Vick's speed/quickness is much better than Newton.  I can see the V.Young comparisons, but I think Young is a more accurate passer and to me he showed in college that he was a smarter football player by leading game winning drives.  I just do not buy into his game into the pro style football. 

I think hes clearly in over his head as far as far as calling plays (witness the video), and the fact is hes going to go to a terrible team if he gets drafted by the Bills or Panthers.  I agree that if he could be a backup to a great QB who could really teach him something that would be great.  But if hes going to be a Panther and have to learn under Jimmy Clausen who also had character issues in college then I dont see the potential for growth.

My whole thing is if you want Cam Newton, why not go sign Vince Young instead?  One is NFL ready at least, and you would be able to save that first round pick on getting him help on the offensive line or WR with a guy like Green or Jones.  With the average success rate of top quarterbacks from around the league, unless you see a superstar in a player like Bradford, Ryan, or Manning then you take him that high... otherwise I would play it safe and get the value.  Imagine if the Raiders took a Joe Thomas or Calvin Johnson, it wouldnt have set them back... and instead of having to draft a guy like Heyward Bay at the receiver position two years later you can take a BJ Raji or Brian Orakpo. 

Granted that all is 20/20, but unless you have the surrounding pieces to succeed right away I dont think its smart to draft a QB right away.  I would rather wait until you either get the cant miss guy like a Bradford or a guy like Luck next year, then waste setting your team up for failure now.  Why not get a dominant offensive line or defense, and let an average QB like a David Garrard run your team until that top QB becomes available, and if your pieces around him are good enough... you can win with a guy like David Garrard.  See guys like Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson thats its very possible.  A superstar quarterback is a once in a 5 year type, whereas the steady top "cant miss" defenders and lineman generally stick in this league for multiple years.  If you have a #1 pick you cant afford to waste it.  Either trade down, or take the safe player. 

Because even if Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger with more speed, Big Ben is not winning a title without the top defense in the league and a great running game.  QB's get the glory, but no team wins a title without a great supporting cast.

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:49 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Sadly, you and other NFL "Scouts" (put in parenthesis for a reason) are clueless.

What this interview says is NOT that Cam Newton cannot learn or execute another offense. Gruden asked Cam a question that did not apply to his experiene at Auburn. Their play calling system is different than that of the NFL. Cam explained that simplistic means faster. He also eventually (not seen in the film) broke down a play and all of his just because Auburn didn't say Z98BIUSTINKLIKEMYSHOE doesn't mean that he didn't have to look off Safeties and make the correct reads. It also does not mean that he didn't know everyone else's responsibilities on the field. What is says is...they called the play differently at Auburn than in the NFL.

Let it be noted...that Jimmy Clausen came from a pro style offense..and so did Matt Leinart. Both failed. Mark Sanchez came from a pro style offense...please stop listening to the media...  He is not a great and is barely a good QB. Not to mention Sanchez had 1 year of starting film. Sound familiar?

So back to my point...just because Auburn did not ask him to call a play the way the NFL did (Gruden knew this) does not mean Cam Newton cannot learn to call plays as the NFL does.

Some people are over-analyzing this young man. Mallet too.

Scouts need to understand they are not to be evaluating smiles...just evaluate game film. Also, it is not a character flaw to allegedly accept money...otherwise the entire college world including coaches have character flaws. Period.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:37 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

if any team in the top 5 picks drafts newton with the intention of starting him next year they will have a great shot at andrew luck in 2012.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2011 12:44 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

He will unquestionably, unequivocally, undeniably be the biggest bust in the history of the NFL.  He is the lovechild of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf.

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