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Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Posted on: July 2, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 9:09 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton has a tough task ahead of him once the lockout's resolved -- he has to learn the entirety of Rob Chudzinski's insanely complex offense, and do so in a short amount of time.

But he's been working with some former NFL quarterbacks, including Chris Weinke, and it appears to be paying huge dividends for the rookie out of Auburn.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, these sessions have featured detailed learning of the Panthers' playbook, "about 90 percent of which Weinke has installed."

Essentially, Newton's mimicking the practices he'd be getting in the lost offseason by getting a play from Weinke, calling out the play like he was in the huddle, going through each play's cadence at the line of scrimmage, and then slinging passes to whatever receivers are there.

Entertaining/Iconing

Per Person, some recent attendees include Michael Clayton, Alex Smith, Titus Young and a "couple small-college receivers."

Following the throws, Weinke and former Chudzinski protégé Ken Dorsey -- who we'd also mentioned as a Newton tutor -- make suggestions as to how Newton can improve his mechanics and individual tweaks and designs for each play that's being run.

"He wants to be great," Weinke said.

Newton probably does want to be great -- the issue will be whether or not he's capable of recreating the success he had at Auburn once he gets on the field for the Panthers.

But given how unsettled the NFL's situation is right now, it's pretty darn impressive to see Newton maximizing his offseason, especially when there's no enforced motivation to do so.

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Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:02 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Very impressive learning such a complex, successful playbook like the Panthers.  I bet it's written in crayon.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:25 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

I don't think Cam Newton knows 90% of Auburn's playbook.



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:24 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

The President acts like a cocky, arrogant asshole?
Every President over the last fifty years has been a cocky, arrogant jerk (sans Jimmy Carter- 1 term Pres.). Now you decide to get on your cocky, arrogant high horse and judge. Very funny, as well as enlightening.

Awwww, playing the race card.  That's new and original.  Ever think that it's people like you that keeps racism alive?  Of course not because you're too narrow-minded to comprehend how that's possible.
It's not a card. It's the hand that's been dealt. I accept that. YOU are the idiot who doesn't acknowledge or appreciate the game that is being played. You're the one with blinders on. The dealer sucks. Howvever, I've just learned to be good at the game. 
Elway scored a 30 on his Wonderlic test.
He threw 52 ints in his first 3 years in the league. I think that qualifies as a dumb QB. Wonderlic?! I've never seen a desk, No. 2 pencil, test or test proctor on a football field, while a game is being played.  By the way, Elway's first season of 47.5% comp, 7td, 14int and a 55 rating (I rounded up) is very Jimmy Clausen-ish. Cam will not do that, he's smarter than that. How DID Elway make it through Stanford? Hmm...

Remember the running back playing for Doug Williams, Timmy Smith, that set a SB record for most rushing yards in a game at 204?  Or the fact that Mark Rypien won the SB with nearly the exact same team?  Or that the Redskins were 0-2 in the regular season when Williams started?  Or that Jay Schroeder went 8-2 in his 10 starts with a 71.0 passer rating?  To me it seems that the Redskins might have won no matter who was at QB considering they had the Hogs and the Posse.
Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams, out of Grambling University(HBCU), went 18 of 29 for 340 yards and 4td to 1int. An 80 yarder, 50 yarder, 27 yards and 4 yards, all in the second quarter. Not to mention he led the Bucs to a NFC title game, three years after they went winless. 127.9 passer rating in that Super Bowl. NEXT!!!

Newton has not thrown one NFL pass
and many of you are basically saying his career is already over.
Yep.  Everybody, including myself, was railing against Tim Tebow, a more accomplished college QB than Newton, last year.  Does that mean I should be screaming that it's because he's white?  Jackass. -Notorius 98

What are you talking about 98?! With that being said, Tebow's a bum. Cam Newton is infinitely more talented than Tebow. I know he got in trouble at Florida; however, it had to be hard at practice knowing you are that much better than the starter. Tebow won a championship and a Heisman as a starter, he just never won both in the same season in the SEC.

Danny Wuerffel was a winner.  Jason White was a winner.  Matt Leinart was a winner.  Vince Young was a winner.  Matt Flynn was a winner.  Ken Dorsey was a winner.  Chris Weinke was a winner.  How are they doing as pro quarterbacks?
I misjudged Vince Young's head and Matt Flynn's heart. The rest of those guys can't carry his jock strap. I truly hope he can keep the distractions down to a minimum. He does not have any of the mechanical issues that Young had coming out of college. He is the most talented QB to come into the league since Michael Vick. I predicted a MVP season for Vick in his comeback. Just not last year. He is on his way to another level. Newton can reach that level too, eventually. 


I responded to you, because you were so off base, off topic, off color and off your rocker. You needed to be addressed and undressed. Please refrain from all reckless rants in the future. Thank you and God bless. Happy Independence Day and God Bless America!



 




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:24 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

And where is Newton getting the money to pay Dorsey and Weinke?


You do know that Under Armour signed Cam in the largest endorsement deal ever to be given to a NFL rookie, right? 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:20 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

And Newton's agent bought Brinson dinner last night.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 9:29 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

so chris weinke taught him nine plays/?
 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:08 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

It seems like Cam is taking the right step in becoming a good QB in the NFL. He could easily be involved in activities other than football,but he's using his time wisely by learning the playbook as well as working on his QB mechanics. Now all that he has to do is put all that he's learned while practicing and transfer  it to the field when the season begins. By then we will have a somewhat feel on whether he will be a good QB or not in the NFL.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 7:56 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

First and foremost, I know the real reason you don't like
this young man and it does'nt take long to figure out what's really in your head, but that's a story for another time. It's the same thing with
The President of the United States.
The President acts like a cocky, arrogant asshole?

Your feelings about The President and Newton reflect all there is to know about your character and how you wish the world be like.
Awwww, playing the race card.  That's new and original.  Ever think that it's people like you that keeps racism alive?  Of course not because you're too narrow-minded to comprehend how that's possible.

John Elway was not suppose to be that intelligent, but he won two SB's.
Elway scored a 30 on his Wonderlic test.

Remember a guy named Doug Williams, who quarterbacked
the Redskins to a SB title and still holds the the SB record for most touchdowns in a guarter, with four.
Remember the running back playing for Doug Williams, Timmy Smith, that set a SB record for most rushing yards in a game at 204?  Or the fact that Mark Rypien won the SB with nearly the exact same team?  Or that the Redskins were 0-2 in the regular season when Williams started?  Or that Jay Schroeder went 8-2 in his 10 starts with a 71.0 passer rating?  To me it seems that the Redskins might have won no matter who was at QB considering they had the Hogs and the Posse.

Newton has not thrown one NFL pass
and many of you are basically saying his career is already over.
Yep.  Everybody, including myself, was railing against Tim Tebow, a more accomplished college QB than Newton, last year.  Does that mean I should be screaming that it's because he's white?  Jackass.

Whether he knows 90% of the Panthers playbook right now, no one really knows. What is certain, is that the kid is a winner and regretably to some, he's only getting started !!!!!!!!!!!
Danny Wuerffel was a winner.  Jason White was a winner.  Matt Leinart was a winner.  Vince Young was a winner.  Matt Flynn was a winner.  Ken Dorsey was a winner.  Chris Weinke was a winner.  How are they doing as pro quarterbacks?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 7:33 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Cam definitely knows what 90% of Carolina's playbook is......if he's under center.  Run left, run right, run up the middle.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:35 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

And where is Newton getting the money to pay Dorsey and Weinke? 


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