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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: May 11, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

His daddy took Auburn over Miss. St., because Auburn was loaded with national championship talent. And when the newton gang knew that he`d have to carry the team next year, they left the university, since they know he would crumble with the weight of the team on his shoulders. Any team that drafts him with the expectations of him being their savior in the next year, or two would be making a huge mistake. He needs to go to a team that has a veteran QB, so he can learn the position for 3 to 5 years,



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Does Vince Young ring a bell to anyone???



Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I'm thinking Cam would make a heck of a TE.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I think Newton can be a great QB, IN THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES. He's a guy who is going to need some time behind an experienced QB. Maybe a full year. Maybe two years. He's just not going to be ready to take the full load early. He seems strong emotionally (unlike Vince Young) and he has a lot of charisma. But he doesn't have any experience in a pro-type offense. None. If he can sit and learn the pro game like Aaron Rodgers did, or Matt Schaub did, as examples, then he'll be fine. Unfortunately, teams picking high in the draft don't usually offer that luxury. He'll probably get drafted by a team that will throw him out there because they have no other option. He'll get beat to death, like David Carr. He'll lose confidence. He'll be confused, He'll get criticized by everyone for not being the messiah, and he'll languish in the league as a sometime starter, mostly back-up just based on his physical promise. I think he's a good kid who has made some bad decisions, but he's going to have to grow up fast soon. The NFL doesn't pamper athletes like college football does.  



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

He was a great QB, in college, for one year.  His brain power is not his strong suit.  We all know that, the press knows that, and the pros know that.  I don't remember hearing anything about Vick being a surgeon during the off season and he's faired pretty well, for the most part in the NFL.   Granted Vick has only had one year where he proved he could do the QB position, the rest of his career he proved he could RUN from the QB position.  You can't just run in the NFL as a QB, it was proven with Vick, Young, Russell, Cunningham, all the way back to Tarkenton, no SB rings amongst any of them.  Newton will be the same, he'll succeed at the position because he can run.  Maybe four years or so down the road when he slows down he'll learn to drop back and pass like he should be doing now.  Until then, better have a good back up, or learn to win a few during the year and get blown out during the play offs.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

 Draft him early and don't play him for 2 years because he he is clueless about pro ball. HUGE bust !



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Newton is a once in two decades athlete at the QB position. Select him if he is available umless you are desperate to find an immediate starter.



Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Voice of Reason

Allow me to be a voice of reason... I'm not going to argue that to play the QB position requires a certain level of intelligence, but quite frankly what I care the most about is how he performs on the field instinctually to what is going on around him.  I wonder if it is Ben R.'s great intelligence that make him successful or is it more great athleticism and strength that enables him to do what he does best.  What about Farve?  Yes, there are the Mannings in the world that seem to do what they do more so with their mind, but haven't we all heard that there are more than one way to skin a cat. 

Will Newton be a great QB in the NFL or a bust?  IDK and neither do anyone else.  But I would bet that will have more to do with his willingness to study the game and become efficient to the point his natural abilities and instincts can take over.  Therefore, I would be attempting to evaluate his work ethic more so than anything and his character as a person because he obviously has the best physical gifts than any other QB in this class.  I'd be willing to bet that it will take him a couple of years before we can get a good evaluation of his long-term NFL potential because from what I can recall most of the NFL’s best signal callers took a few years to develop too.

With that being said, I think Carolina or any team would be unwise to draft Newton with the expectation to start this year… give the kid a chance to learn and grow without all the pressure of being “the Man” in his first year.  It may humble him too.   




Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

AS A PANTHERS PSSL OWNER, I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE COACHING STAFF, SCOUTS, AND ALL THE POWERS THAT GO INTO MAKING THE 1ST OVERALL PICK THIS YEAR HAVE THE FRAME OF MIND TO ASK A QUESTION AS SIMPLE AS THIS...YOU MAY HAVE ALL THE RAW TALENT IN THE WORLD, BUT IF YOU DONT UNDERSTAND THE PLAY WELL THEN, GAME OVER... THEN ITS BACK TO 2nd HAND ELECTRONICS FOR THIS GUY..UNLESS HIS DADDY CAN GET HIM A BETTER DEAL....



Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:24 am
 

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Wow.  I'm glad my team doesn't need a QB.  This guy has bust written all over him.  In today's NFL you have to have a solid arm and a very good brain.  He doesn't even know the plays he ran last year!!  I feel bad for the Panthers.  They will have two bust QBs on the roster.

I call this the "Jeff George Syndrom".  He has all the talent in the world, but the intellect of a 3rd Grader.  I would feel bad for them, but they will both have more money than me in the end.

Good luck with that Panthers.  You should start scouting next year's QB crop because you'll have #1 again.


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