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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 3, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Exactly, Airforce1.  He's got the potential, but it's up in the air whether he'll ever get there...

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:50 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Cam is like any QB coming out of college, he needs the right Head Coach the right OC. Look at all these sure picks at QB that cannot win, SF has a couple of them, AZ had one or two, the list goes on and on in the NFL. Cam Newton will be fine in the right system with the right coaches. It has nothing to do with him being an African American or playing at Auburn, the kid has talent and he is better than several NFL QB's who are starters right now. I will point to the starters in MN, AZ, SF, Miami, so before you all jump on the band wagon and condem Newton look around the league at those teams I just mentioned plus Buffalo and TN.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:48 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

I love it. This kid has set off every "bust alarm" in the building yet remians the odds on favorite to be selected #1. He may not go #1 but he will go top 10 guarenteed.  "He has all the tools" I love that uneducated mantra. physical attributes?  this isn't a decathlon event its the national football league. Your not competing against a stop watch or a panel of judges. Playing Q
B in the NFL requires talent, for certain, but thats the jump off point. Instincts, mechanics, an inexhaustible work ethic, leadership, professionalism, unrelenting confidence & a humility. The NFL will humble anyone especially highly touted qb prospects. 

As fans we're insulated from the idea that many of these guys work hard just to get to this point. "To get paid" -- thirty million guarenteed, end of story. We can't releate because were fans we would play for food & sheleter. I dont begrudge them, I'm not that guy, but not everyone wants to be great.  In the NBS & MLB you can get buy on talent, collect a nice check for 15 years. Not in the NFL. Its a world onto itself, it will find the weak & devour them, quickly.

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:37 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Yeah, except you left out that Gruden's point had nothing to do with whatever that playcall means, it was that Newton would have to learn a new language in the NFL - as he would no matter what offense he came from in college.  All NFL teams use slightly different terminology - hence why even veteran players have experience learning curve when moving teams in the NFL.  Gruden was making the point that Newton would have to work even harder, as the play calls at Auburn were much more simplistic (two-digit numbers that correspond to a play on an armband) to pick up this second language.  <br /><br />But Gruden knows that Newton, nor any of the draft eligible QBs, or even Luck were he eligible, nor anyone who had not played in a system with that exact terminoligy, would have any clue what the string of lingo means.  He knew before he asked it.  There is nothing wrong with Newton for not knowing what that meant.<br /><br />However, I will say it was somewhat disconcerting to see Newton struggle to call a play from Auburn's playbook.  I know they named their plays, even high schools do this.  Newton could have just made something up, and did not.  Maybe he did not want to, or who knows, but I did think that was a little bizarre.<br />

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:24 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

So either way, he'll be like some black guy? Thanks for the stereotyping. Now tell us that Jimmer is the next Larry Bird.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:17 pm

Questions abound about Newton's readiness

Newton looks like the second coming of Vince Young. unlimited potential with just as many question marks. If he is willing to work hard he could be a monster. If he thinks its gonna be a walk in the park and everyone is just gonna hand it to him he could be JaMarcus Russell... Its really up to Cam what his career turns into.

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