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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: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:06 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I agree with DUH.  It was a very edited video meant to make Cam look bad.  You can't draw any conclusions from this biased portion of the video.  CBS should not have even put it on their web site.  That being said.  I wouldn't take any of the QB's number one.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:43 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness


Iam pretty sure (and Iam only guessing here because its kinda hard to exactly understand with Jack_Sprat is trying to say with his uninterrupted sentences) that Jack_Sprat is not saying anything about anyone being racist but making the point that sCam Newton should not be a top pick, and that he is trying to be an "icon and entertainer" more than being a pro-level QB.

Since: Mar 23, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:34 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Well after watching this lil video, I'm wondering where the rest of it is.  This is an edited video that doesn't clearly show the "entire interview".  Anyone and everyone can make an assumption but I want to see it from start to finish.  Has anyone ever watched an interrogation or interview from the middle and was able to properly analyze it?  Standard trash that media airs to fans.  I guarantee the team whom released this "skit" is unable or feel they won't be able to draft Newton.  Hahaahaaa....jokes on you, idiot!!

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:47 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Really makes you appreciate guys like Rex Grossman and Jason Campbell who have to learn a new offense - and a new language - every year. It also make you wonder about what McGenius will do to Sam Bradford. 

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:33 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

B U S T !  I can't wait to see this arrogant punk fail. Vince Young at best.................J Russel at worst!

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:22 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

The only one being racist is you. That is the most ignorant comment I have ever read. What city do you live in. Is there really racisim going down like that? I really dont see the so called "White Man" holding back any african american players. He's talking about Cam Newton. And in the famous words of Stephen A Smith "Quite frankly" he's right. Cam's going to struggle his first few seasons untill he learns the plays. If he cant tell you a play from his owm college playbook you dont think he's behind the curve? John Gruden is a great football mind and far from racist. Is Gruden holding back Fairley, Dareus, Bowers, Jones, Miller, or Peterson there all black and projected as top ten picks. So JACK_SPRAT i leave you with this your a FUCKING idiot. Have a good day

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:20 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

About those "special reasons" which you (and I) do not see: I think it connects to his comment about his wanting to become "and icon and an entertainer." Not the substance of the words so much as what they reveal, which is a pronounced cluelessness and unconcernedness about how one will come off to other people. This NARCISSISM seems more and more to be celebrated as an authentic African-American character ideal, a cultural touchstone. Oh, its supporters call it confidence and claim that we white folks (and Toms) are offended and challenged by "confident young black men," which is so laughable and pathetic that it almost doesn't deserve response. None of these empty vessels (I include Terrell Owens as the attitude's exemplar) are a tenth of the man that Jim Brown is at seventy-or-so, yet they and their supporters ever-more-willfully confuse the crow of the rooster with the reason for the rising of the sun.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:06 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

To keep from getting in Dutch with the PC Police, it's not enough that one profess a liking for guys like Josh Freeman and the 30-year-old Donovan McNabb or the Doug Williams who played for the Washington Redskins. NO-O-O-O-O! One must also publicly proclaim one's undying affection for not the ancient, creaking McNabb and the Williams who couldn't stop bouncing on his hind leg when he was with Tampa Bay, but also praise Jesus for the fine work that is this latest model of the African-American Cultural Special of a Quarterback, Cam Newton. Why so? Because only genuflecting at the altar of the crazed racist fantasy held by a crazed racist sub-section of black American football fans, that there exists a New Kind, as Superior kind, of black QB, who will lift his people fro the shackles of bondage & discipline which have unfairly muzzled and restrained the true cultural genius that is the genuine, for real black athlete.
I WISH that the above were only sarcasm, but it's not. We've seen the same racist, irrational notion underlaying a large number of the responses to criticisms of black anybody's in recent years. Bill Cosby says Get up off your butts and study, kids! and we get another heaping helping of nonsense about how that's acting white, or studying white stuff, as if any employer will ever hire you because you claim that you only need to know "black math" or "black physics" or "black medicine." Then some friendly white liberal helps out by popularizing vicious nonsense about "emotional intelligence," as if being a calm ignoramus somehow holds value for anyone other than the owner of a cotton plantation.
Cam Newton may very well pan out, but he's a crappy bet for my millions and the opportunity cost of top-ten pick.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:51 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

That's pretty pathetic.  Sorry, but I'm 37 and can still call defensive plays from high school (nothing fancy, over slant strong strong fire cover 2 for example).  Shoot, I can still remember a lot of the hand signals for the plays and I wasn't even the guy receiving them.

He couldn't even pull a single play out of his hat a few months after being on the team?

If he just got a little rattled that's cool...  I think Gruden can do that to guys - but I don't think I could take this guy with a top pick (will admit my bias against top pick QBs with question marks since my team got burned by JaMarcus Russell).

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:46 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I will take a QB with inadequate tools over one who doesn't put in the work any day.  That includes Alex Smith, Chad Henne, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.  At least he is trainable.  I can guarantee you that Aaron Rodgers knew the offense he ran at Cal backwards.  Now Newton wasn't a four year member of the Auburn program, but if he doesn't know everything about the Auburn offense after two years (and this video doesn't necessarily prove that) then concerns are very legitimate.  There is no system that can cover up poor preparation. 

And for that matter Newton isn't the most impressive player physically either.  He's big and has a giant arm.  The same can be said of Jake Locker and nobody thinks he should go first.  There are always QBs coming out with skill sets as good as his.  Contrary to what we have been told, Newton is not a special player because of these attributes.  If he is special it has to be for other reasons, and I don't see them all.  Being the best QB in a weak class (and I don't the he is even that) does not mean you should go number one overall.   

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