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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

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:15 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Come on Freeman.  You're obviously focusing on the tree branches rather than the forest.  Nolan's main point was that Cam seems disingenuous and he listed examples that the average person wouldn't notice.  I believe those comments are warranted.  An NFL team doesn't need a self-proclaimed prima dona as their franchise's face. 

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:06 pm

On Cam Newton: evaluating smiles now?

Some people see what they want to see.  I see a talented player, with question marks (but who doesn't when they're being looked at for the top pick?).

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