Blog Entry

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:55 pm
 

INDIANAPOLIS: Actually, this is exactly what an African-American NFL scout stated about Cam Newton:

"Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

This is what he meant and his comparison had nothing to do with off-the-field. He meant strictly on it.

When looking at Newton now and Roethlisberger coming out of college the parallels are indeed interesting. Newton is far more decorated with a Heisman and national championship than Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami University but both men had size and big arms. Both were gritty. Both ran well. Both escaped sacks. Both won a lot of games.

Newton has a great deal to prove. He's done nothing on the NFL level but the Roethlisberger comparison is actually legitimate strictly in terms of deciphering who Newton best resembles in the pros now.

The scout was also making another type of statement with the comparison. There are plenty of personnel men who have expressed privately to me how they tire of the black quarterback to black quarterback comparisons when they aren't relevant. It's beyond stupid, for example, to compare Newton to Mike Vick. That's like comparing a Great Dane to a Jack Russell.

Maybe I shouldn't use dog analogies.

But you get the point.

The Cam Newton Show begins Thursday.







Category: NFL
Tags: Cam Newton
 
Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

WHY DOES JAMARCUS RUSSELL'S NAME COME UP WHEN COMPARING BLACK QBS, RATHER THAN WARREN MOON?



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Scout: Hell is a lot like Heaven, just warmer




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Oh, and another thing...

How are we ever supposed to start seeing everyone as equal when the media uses color of skin as the prime distinction in comparisons.  To me, Cam Newton is not a "black quarterback", he is a quarterback who so happens to be black.  It is beyond stupid to compare Mike Vick to Cam Newton ONLY because they are black.  Aside from their color of skin, what is your point here.  If I compare Aaron Rodgers to Colt McCoy, am I doing it because they are both white?  No.  I would maybe say that Colt is faster but not as accurate and Aaron is a proven passer who can scramble unexpectedly.  Here, the experience outweighs the potential.  Maybe not so in Vick vs. Newton.  These are the things that should be explored through journalism.  Instead of hastily throwing together an article... wait, this is CBS Sports.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  Why am I even bothering?



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

Actually, this is exactly what an African-American NFL scout stated about Cam Newton:

"Cam Newton is the black ."


Hide your daughters !!!!






Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

First, the color of the skin means nothing.  I'm just tired of all the comparisons being made of college QBs and Super Bowl winning QBs.  You hear it over and over again every year and it's almost always not the case.  Then when by chance it does happen and the QB goes on win playoff games or even a Super Bowl, sports writers sit back and write articles about how smart they were to begin with (forgeting all the bad calls they'd made).  Cam Newton has potential.  Some team is going to draft him in the first round and he'll get his shot.  Let's just leave it at that!!




Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:39 am
 

Instead of trying to be funny....

Why don't you use an analogy that is relevant instead of trying to end a crappy article with a tasteless joke. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:31 am
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

Mike Freeman talks about crack all the time in his articles, he also defends black atheletes no matter what they've done.

I get the feeling we don't need to ask him if he thinks O.J. Simpson or Kobe Bryant did it..





Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

There are several problems with your analogy - the most glaring one would be that CAM really only had 1 year at a major university.  While Cam is a gifted athlete I do not think he will ever be another Big Ben, Tom Brady, or Payton Manning.  The problem withmost good/gifted QBs is they get picked by a team without a decent O line and then get creamed and hurt and are never the same - look at Detriots QB - hurt twice in 2 seasons.  I expect Bradford will suffer the same fate next year; but so far he has been lucky.  You have to take a look at someone like Rogers to see what works the best - get a gifted QB and teach him a few years before he has to run stuff.  If Cam goe sinto Carolina or Buffalo, etc. he won't last long.  He might be the best QB available in this draft; but only time and how healthy he stays will determine that.  One thign is fo rsure - I would not sign him without a lot of specifics written into the contract to be sure I didn't lose my shirt on giving him the usual big rookie QB contracts like Bradford and Stratford, etc.



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

The biggest difference between the two?  Ben stayed at his university of choice - Cam went to three different institutions of learning.



Since: Aug 30, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

Actually,Ben was a bit more accurate in college than Cam. He also, even in college, would look for a second receiver.  Cam looks for the primary and if he isn't open runs.  Cam is much faster than Ben though


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