Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

  •  
Comments

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 6:34 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

I would be impressed if he finally knew 90% of th AUBURN playbook. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 5:45 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Cam says the right things and he looks the part even in winning a national title (legal or illegal - TBD by the NCAA).  So, why not believe him?  If this kid, with as much talent as any kid we have ever seen coming into pro football, can do what he says and does know that much of the playbook, then I believe.  I have no reason no to.  We all want to doubt him since he is the great mobile hope (similar to the boxing great white hope).  We want to see him fail I guess.  But, if he does what he can and is prepared, why not?  I will believe until he shows me otherwise.



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 3:27 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

90% of you self proclaimed experts out there figure you know all about Cam Newton. You same clowns probably think the "earth is flat".
Well I've got news for all you haters who have been hating on Newton from Day 1. 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. Your feelings about The President and Newton reflect all there is to know about your character and how you wish the world be like.

Well, as the saying goes, "there's a New Sheriff in town" and you might as well get use to it. As the old Pittsburg Pirates of the '70's and 80's use to sing, along with their faithful fans, "We Are Family" along with mega hit record "Ain't No Stopping Us Now". Okay, back to Newton, the football player.Everywhere he has played he has won,be it high school, junior college, Division 1 college football. For those who question
his abilities, ask Alabama if he had trouble learning his playbook, after Newton overcame a 24-0 deficit by winning the game 28-24. Oh by the way in case some of you forgot, that win came in Alabama. So, what if he struggled against the Oregon Ducks, when it came time to wrap up the National Title, he did it !!! 

Dan Marino was a passing great, yet he went to one Super Bowl in his entire career. He also did very poorly on the famous entrance exam for all players coming into the NFL. They said Terry Bradshaw was not so bright, but the last time I looked he had won four Super Bowl rings. John Elway was not suppose to be that intelligent, but he won two SB's. 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. Newton has not thrown one NFL pass
and many of you are basically saying his career is already over.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 !!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:55 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Newton is not Jamarcus Russel, or Ryan Leaf, or any number of others you could name. Those guys all had one major flaw...they were lazy. Newton has shown, at least so far, that he's not that. If Vince Young would work as hard as Cam Newton is apparently working, he would be a terrific QB. Vince is also lazy....and I'm a UT grad. Vince had to have a guy specifically assigned to get him up for class every day. He didn't change when he got to the NFL. That was Jeff Fisher's big frustration with Vince...he wouldn't work hard. Newton, with similar physical gifts, seems to have a different mindset.   



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:41 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

@babyfarmer.... you are so right there, but hey, there have been plenty of QBs who couldn't learn playbooks so at least (if this is accurate) he has the playbook down. Step 1 almost complete. Step 2, proving it in live NFL action...TBD.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:41 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

@babyfarmer.... you are so right there, but hey, there have been plenty of QBs who couldn't learn playbooks so at least (if this is accurate) he has the playbook down. Step 1 almost complete. Step 2, proving it in live NFL action...TBD.



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:36 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Unfortunately for Newton, there is a big difference between knowing the playbook, and executing the plays. Especially at the NFL level.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:35 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

I hope that Cam loses 2 games every year that he plays @ Carolina (both to the Bucs).  

People that compare him to JaMarcus Russell are smoking some wacky stuff - he's not sitting out training camp waiting on a contract, he's reaching out to everyone possible to become a student of the O @ Carolina (there's always a huge learning curve for every rookie QB, & he's not out making any "purple drank" or doing anything can can remotely be confused as "getting into trouble".


He is an extremely gifted athlete & is acting exactly like a #1 overall draft pick should act considering the lockout situation. 


To the haters - Is there anything else that Cam should be doing right now?    




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:28 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Newton should like the NFL.  He and his Dad can take all the money anyone wants to pay them and it's legal.  Well, usually, anyway.



Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:03 am
 

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Quiche?

I think I'm with you brother, but quiche?


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com