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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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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:19 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

I still have to ask the Panther organization: do you really want Cam to line up for you on third and eight?  I mean, the guy only had to learn 36 different plays at Auburn which includes pass plays.  And everyone knows if the first option wasn't open on a pass play his next was to tuck it and run.  As far as Dorsey and Weinke go, they're only trying to help.  Beats what Moon has done.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:14 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

sdot278, are you really a Cowboys fan? You know that Jason Garrett who was considered a great QB coach, had no success at the Pro level and really very little at the college level. Just because a guy wasn't a great QB on the NFL field, doesn't mean he can't help you learn the game. Dorseyt especially just didn't have the physical tools for the job, but he was a very smart player.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:26 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QB's

So let me get this straight: You had to be a success at the game to be able to teach others?

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 4:29 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QB's

Don't mean to bash you Cam Newton but Your learning from two total busts that were stars in college. Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey both were great at the college level but doesn't have what it takes for you to learn at a professional level. No i'm not a coach or anything but its common sense. If I were you. I would sit down with Jon Gruden again and learn from what he tells you. He's a great head coach and his development with QB's is outstanding. Watch and learn young fella. Best of luck to you.

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