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On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Posted on: March 29, 2011 11:52 am
 
The nastiest, most unfair and borderline silliest thing ever written about a draft prospect appeared recently in Pro Football Weekly . When I say ever written, I mean, ever written.

PFW's Nolan Nawrocki wrote this about quarterback Cam Newton: "Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

So that's how we're evaluating prospects now? On how they smile ?

On how if they know where the cameras are? What does that even mean?

I've never seen anything like this written in the media about a draft prospect. Never. And I've been covering the NFL for 20 years.

It's disgraceful. Really, it is.

Now, in the draft, we have the smile meter.

We measuring pouts next?
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Draft
 
Comments

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 5:40 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Scam Newton hasn't been found guilty yet but that doesn't negate the fact that most people still believe he was involved in something shady.  Hence his smile looks fake and has a arrogant look to it.  As an athlete he has tremendous skills running the ball and occasionally throws a good ball.  But as for his character it has major flaws and immaturity.  Any team that invests millions of dollars to a young man should definitely get the players psycho analysis to make sure he has his head on straight to see if he can make difficult decisions under stressful situations and handle the pressures of being a professional athlete.  If his evaluation comes back with red flags by the psychotherapist then it makes the decision for owners that much easier so they don't draft a Jamarcus Russell or Vince Young early.  We all know how fragile Vince Young mind is and what a mess Jamarcus has turned into.  That information could have steered the Titans and Raiders from drafting these players had they known about this. 



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:50 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

I completely agree with Nawrocki's evaluation. I have not seen a single interview of Cam Newton that I could make since of through the sporadic cliches. He is in no way a genuine person and with the condition of today's professional sports genuine people are needed. A player that is already a self proclaimed "icon" should not be in the NFL because believe me he will self-implode and bring a team down with him.



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:37 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Evaluating smiles, camera position.... all of it ridiculously subjective and seemingly personal.  I've noticed that a lot of "dot-com" sports are trending toward articles that seem to be more about the author than the subject.  I for one don't like it.  Hey, here's a suggestion:  Write about football for a change and stay away from silly opinions based on pure conjecture and bias.   




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 4:28 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

100% bust. bank on it. bills will sadly take him i bet.



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:52 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

   I get the feeling that he feels entitled also. His track record is littered with controversial incidents, and he has only had 1 good year against quality competition. I wouldn't like this guy as my team's QB. Cutler is bad enough.


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:17 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:11 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Doesn't this guy know that Cam is an enterprise now, verging on Icon? It won't be much longer before he gets tax-exempt corporate status. He has every right to act his way. Right Freeman?
  



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:08 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

   Right on the money, EAS



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

   Nawrocki called it like he saw it. I believe one CAN get a good read on character when one is covering the athlete and watching how they respond to different situations.
   He sure was right about Russell.
   *Rah Rah Rah* for reporters who break with what is politically correct, and speak their mind.!!!



Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

The full scouting report is on ProFootballWeekly.com. http://www.profootballweekly.com/20

11/03/29/cam-newton-scouting-report






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