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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?

CREDIT: ESPN TELEVISION by sportsxbrooks

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Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:54 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

This guy is a cross between Jamarcus Russell and Maurice Clarette. Taking a pay cut to leave Auburn and join the NFL just wasn't smart, but wait this is Cam Newton we are talking about, and he did attend Auburn so we all know he can't be to smart.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:31 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I don't really like this years QBs but what matters are the amount of teams that don't have a QB. When you take Newton you are taking a really good athlete that has a lot of upside if he is willing to be coached. Strong arm and speed are only an asset if you know what to do with them. Hopefully he can be taught and is willing to learn because the opponents are also fast and strong, otherwise he will turn into another scrambler (early Young, Vick, Cunningham) who only became a true QB when they learned the whole position.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:00 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I don't fault Newton. I graduated from college and I don't remember the last quarter of studies for my degree. But then again I don't eat and sleep college studies 24/7 so it would not have had a chance to ingrain in my consciousness. But yes, this does not bode well for Newton if he cannot remember even one play from his time playing in college. Some say that he is the next Akili Smith? Really? That's a bit harsh. I'm sure Akili Smith never had as many questions about his character or readiness for the NFL. Last I checked Akili Smith was not involved in a pay for play scandal at Oregon. Looks like whoever drafts Cam Newton will make the guys who drafted Ryan Leaf, Todd Marinovich, Jim Druckenmiller, Alex Smith, and JaMarcus Russell look a alot less stupid. That's a big accomplishment considering that those guys have not reached stardom in the NFL...but at least there wasn't so much baggage attached to those guys. 

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:56 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

The lack of integrity in sports is symbolic of what's happening in Congress and in our country. It's why we're on the slippery slope downward as a nation. Shame on the author of the article.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:33 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

You can write it down... Cam Newton is the next Akili Smith. Gruden's interview undressed him and who knows maybe it will serve to actually help Cam Newton in that he's not an NFL QB... but he might make oine helluva WR as the guys is freakish athlete with both size and speed. 

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:07 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

The problem with most of you "So called Fottball Fans" are that you have your priorities mixed up.  Do you really watch football for role models and personality and integrity.  No.  That stuff doesn't even sell!  You watch football for the jukes, the dives, the hits, and collisions, and this guy is one of the best in the game at it.  Who cares if he can be trusted, is he mature, is he a cheater, thats between him, God, and the law.  What sdoes he give you on Sunday.  Excitement, flash, and a reason to drink good beer.  That's why I watch football.  Let's get the players who can drive the ratings up and keep the game from being boring.  Every person that is described to have "character issues" are the most exciting players in football.  Vick, T.O., Ochocinco, Pacman, Vince Young...  These guys bring it.  I don't need them to be Role Models for me or my kids, I need them to liven up the TV on Sunday, point blank!

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:24 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

You are ignorant.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:34 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Cam Newton...  Is he ghetto? What is his IQ? What is his football IQ (for a rookie)? Can he be trusted? Is he mature? Is he a cheater, and will he be investigated to the point of having most of his collegiate awards and titles taken away; stricken from the record? To me, at least half of these questions will be answered in a way that will upset Cam Newton fans, Auburn fans, and any poor fool who drafts this poor bum!  He came from nothing, his daddy had a plan, and now he's big stuff...except he's NOT ready for the big leagues!  That's John freakin' Gruden, man.  He ain't the best coach out there, but he's good...damn good.  Go ahead Carolina, get yourself another Jimmy Clausen.  It won't be John Fox's problem this time.  He'll be having too much fun with his new toys, Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow, and Kyle Orton.  Any team would take that backfield!  Cam will plunge Carolina into the dark age (NOT a racial pun!).  He's a special player, a special teams player!  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:02 am

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

" we really don't." WTF? This is the next Jamarcus Russell. Please don't let this Jock play in the NFL. You now that saying " You can take a black man out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the black man." This is true for Newton.  Has an NFL team tested to see if he can read and write? Why do people think the video is fake? or edited? You are lying to yourself. Newton will be out of the NFL within 5 years, or holding a clip board has the 3rd string QB.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:21 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Agreed. This video is straight up slander, no way was it ESPN produced.

Regardles, Newton better be prepared for the media onslaught that will be his first season, especially if he goes to Carolina. This is just the tip of the iceberg. They have NO ONE else on offense, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him go down early with injury. How many Carolina QB's were on IR last year? The guy is definitely not prepared to start in the NFL, theres no secret of that, but if he was able to learn on the right team he might be great. Unlikely.
Gabbert will be a bigger bust, imo, especially if he goes to the Bills or Bengals.

I called Stafford a bust before the draft too, so this season will prove interesting...

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