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Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:32 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

The motif of post-draft quarterback analysis this offseason has been, How will the rookie signal-callers learn their first NFL system if there are no offseason team activities?

Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Cam Newton’s mental develoK. Dorsey (US Presswire)pment will be followed the closest. The No. 1 overall pick and highest-profile NCAA player in 2010 has drawn scrutiny for his unproven football IQ (remember Newton telling Jon Gruden before the draft about Auburn’s playbook being number-coded?).

In continuing that scrutiny, we pass along the report from Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Newton is learning his playbook at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL with the help of former NFL quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey.

Weinke, you recall, played for the Panthers. Dorsey may not be as snazzy a mentor as Brett Favre, but his contributions are noteworthy because he played for current Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami (and briefly in Cleveland, as well). Thus, Dorsey knows most of Carolina’s new offensive system.

“It’s a lot of material that I do not know, but each day I’m going in and learning something,” Newton told the Associated Press. “So by the time . . . the lockout is lifted and I get a chance to talk to Chudzinski and (QB coach Mike) Shula and meet back up with the team, I’ll be on top of my game.”

Newton recently told reporters that he’s putting in 12-hour days at the IMG Academy.

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Comments

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

In reply to people defending using Weinke and Dorsey to help Newton: If you're going to use old quarterbacks to coach up a young talent, would you rather use Steve Young or Ryan Leaf?  I would rather use a former mediocre quarterback coach before a former mediocre quarterback (if coaching is the desired endgame)  If Weinke and Dorsey are both successful quarterback coaches now, I say good move.  If not, are they the people you'd want coaching your franchise quarterback? 



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Wow, never really understand why everyone gets so pissed off about someone else's opinion.  Philly, Shaft never said anything regarding racism, so your rant did kinda come outta the blue. Shaft, your post about having to meet a guy to not like him was a little ridiculous. Philly, using Hitler as a way to prove your point (while pretty funny to me) was a bit of a drastic reach (although equally funny alternatives would have been Bin Laden, Satan or Regis Philbin).   Let's play nice now and hate each other's teams like normal fans




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

How exactly are Weinke and Dorsey going to help Newton? Both were well below average NFL QB's. Oh wait...


This argument is starting to get old.  Name the great NFL quarterbacks who went on to become a good coach.  On-field talent rarely translates to teaching ability.




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

What..is Scam Newton the football version of Tiger Woods. He farts they report it. Look at who he is working out with Ken Dorsey and Chris Weinke. Exactly who were they anyway. Were they big names...not quite. Neither were big names but yet the writer told us they were....STARS. Get real. Newton will be one of the biggest busts in NFL history in a few years.

I won't go that far at all.  I don't think he'll end up as one of the all-time great quarterbacks, but I don't think he'll end up as one of the biggest busts ever, either.

Make no mistake about it, I think that MNC was bought for Auburn, I think Newton should have been declared ineligible, and I think that Auburn's 2010 wins will be vacated in a few years.  The idea that he knew nothing about what his father was doing is ludicrous.  So understand I am NOT a Newton apologist at all.

However, look at the "biggest busts in NFL history".  Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, Vince Yount, Todd Marinovich, Brian Bosworth, and Dewayne Robertson all had questionable work ethics at best.  It sounds to me like Newton has already made more effort than all of those combined.

As long as he stays out of legal trouble, he shouldn't follow in the footsteps of the other great NFL busts Cedric Benson, Pacman Jones, and Lawrence Phillips.  I think there's some justifiable concern here, considering Newton's record at Florida.  However, there hasn't been any hint of legal trouble for him since then.  Yes, he probably took money to play at Auburn, but if they fired every player from the NFL that did that, you would barely have enough players left to field one team, much less an entire league.

If he continues to work hard, then Newton will end up being successful in the NFL.  He has too much athletic ability not to be successful, IF he continues the hard work.  Every indication so far is that he IS willing to work hard, so he deserves the benefit of the doubt there.  Wost-case scenario (except injury), is that he doesn't improve enough at quarterback, and is moved to another position.  If the work ethic remains, a team WILL find a spot for him.




Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

How exactly are Weinke and Dorsey going to help Newton? Both were well below average NFL QB's. Oh wait...



Since: Sep 24, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

What..is Scam Newton the football version of Tiger Woods. He farts they report it. Look at who he is working out with Ken Dorsey and Chris Weinke. Exactly who were they anyway. Were they big names...not quite. Neither were big names but yet the writer told us they were....STARS. Get real. Newton will be one of the biggest busts in NFL history in a few years.  



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 16, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

awesome $cam is the new brent favre.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:54 am
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Newton seems to be applying himself and taking steps to learn the NFL QB position so I give the guy credit for trying ! Now all the crap surrounding his dad and what Cam knew or didn't know is obsolete ! The money was offered and it shouldn't have been so the colleges involved are just as guilty as Cam's dad ! If my son were a hotshot prospect and someone wanted to pay me $100,000 grand, I'd take that money !



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:49 am
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

"Or maybe my step brother was the camera guy who watched the look of horror on Jon Gruden's face when Jon realized Cam knew very little about actually playing quarterback. "

I remember one NFL off coordinator saying former UK and Browns QB Tim Couch couldn't distinguish between man coverage and zone coverage ! Does that make Couch dumb ? Some of these guys have played in a system in college that "dumbed" the QB position down for them in order to capitalize on their "talent" either running or throwing ! The colleges don't do them any favors by doing this but it happens more often than we think ! 



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: May 16, 2011 11:06 am
 

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

@PhillyAlchemist,

Pretty obvious to me that you can't understand what you read. Where in my reply did I say anything about race or call you a racist. I think you're reading between the wrong lines. Randall Cunningham was drafted 26 years ago, so you can't count either. Why do you dislike this young man when you don't know him? Is it because he didn't get drafted by the team you like? If you met or knew him, maybe you would like him like you like the rest of your black buddies *sigh*. 

You condemn this cat before he has even played a down. Give the guy a chance to screw up first. What his dad did has nothing to with him playing QB in the NFL. If I remember correctly, he threw and ran for quite a few touchdowns, not to mention being on a national championship team. Seems to me he has some skills to do all that. The guy is working out on his own trying to get better, probably to shut people like you up. Are you going to bitch at or about him when he becomes ALL PRO? Super Bowl winner? Record holder? Does your hatred run that deep?

NOW GO BACK AND READ MY POST. It's not that difficult to understand. If you still have trouble understanding it, get a little kid to read it for you. I'm sure it said nothing about race. 


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