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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.


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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Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:20 am

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?


This guy was too dumb to pick up Auburn's offense.  Look around, there is plenty of reports and evidence of his inability to learn the playbook.  But at least he is attempting to learn the Carolina system, which, to be honest, is a run-first offense.  Hey, I think he will be a huge bust, ala JaMarBust Russell, so at the very least he is giving himself a chance.

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:58 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Dude is a moron when it comes to complexity.  Auburn fans have their head soooooo far up their azz they will say anything.  The entire country saw is expert knowledge on Gruden's show, no need to LIE to us now. 

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:37 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Hey may know how to run 90% of the playbook and he may not....  I have my doubts....  just don't wait a couple weeks, have John Gruden come down there, put the tv camera's on, and then ask him to verbalize one single play that he remembers.  That's where he'll struggle...


Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:22 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Are you sure it isn't that he knows he can't run 90% of the plays in the playbook ? This one has bust written all over it !

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:02 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

meyer 1212 .... Cam didn't have to know Auburn's playbook, because Malzahn build the play book around him!Tongue out

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:52 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Im looking forward to seeing what this young man can do on the NFL level.

If Carolina can keep D Williams/RB & S Smith/WR; things will be a lot easier for him. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:26 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Well, that guarantees he won't be JeMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf.  Doesn't mean he will be good or bad, just means he will give himself a chance.

The only thing you can control in this world is the effort you put into something.  Everything else---talent, luck, the situation you find yourself in, your health--those are out of your control.  I will never got on somebody for trying their damndest and falling short because they're just not good enough.  I wouldn't want to keep a person around for that position because of that, but I'd respect the hell out of them.  There are some baseball players that are too crappy to play but will get hit by pitches, run hard on the bases, and hustle to play defense.  Gotta respect that...they never last long though.

I sincerely doubt he will be good Year 1, if he is ever good.  But most QBs get a ton of criticism.  People like Sam Bradford and Matt Ryan, but generally hate virtually every other young QB.  People hated Ben, hate Sanchez, and many also hate Cutler.  VY had a ton of hate, Leinart had love but then that turned into hate (but he kind of deserves it in this case).  I bet Bradford and Ryan will start getting a backlash soon too unless they win championships.  Sanchez gets to the championship round every year and even that's not enough.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:23 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

open book exam or did he cheat on the guy next to him?   Ok just kidding ... GL couldnt possibly be worse than J russ so that in itself is good.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:18 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Sure...I believe that.  He didn't even know the Auburn playbook.  Still bettign bust on this one.  No better than Culpepper; more likely somewhere between Carr and a ham sandwich.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:52 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

I can read how to cook a ham &  broccoli quiche too, but until I acutally make it and the results thereof are a totally different story. In other words knowledge and execution are way different things...

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