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Cam Newton makes first big mistake

Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:14 pm
 

There is very little not to like about Cam Newton. He's extremely intelligent. He's demonstrated maturity beyond his years. He's a leader. He destroyed -- phasered, photon torpedoes on maximum -- many of the things said about him pre-draft by some idiot media and NFL scouts. A number of those things, I felt then and now, were racially based.

Yes, Newton has done it all and oh, by the way, he's probably the mold for the next generation of NFL quarterback.

But now we have seen Newton's first big mistake as an NFL player.

He recently told ESPN this: "I can't sit up here and look at it like, oh man, my critics are racist," Newton says. "I blame JaMarcus Russell and to some degree Vince Young. If you have the opportunity to make that kind of money doing something you love to do, why would you screw it up? I'm trying to be a trailblazer. If Baylor's Robert Griffin decides to come out, I want people to say 'He can be the next Cam Newton' instead of 'He's gonna be the next JaMarcus Russell.'"

Okay...what?

Not blaming critics...totally fine. Criticizing Russell or Young...fine. But Newton fell into a trap. He was saying this: Russell and Young were the reasons he was being criticized pre-draft when that is just nonsensical.

I just don't understand why Newton felt the need to A) shield his critics and B) bring up Russell or Young in the first place. What do those two have to do with Newton or his critics?

Young has had his issues but he's 31-19 as a starter. I love Newton as a player and a guy but he has a ways to go before reaching 31-19.

And I don't see Tim Tebow saying: "You know, the reason people had skepticism of me as a quarterback was because Ryan Leaf was a failure."

Newton's logic makes no sense.

Newton: smart guy, great talent, will win a lot of games.

But he just made his first mistake.

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Comments

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

rac·ist

1. a person who believes in , the doctrine that a certain human is superior to any or all others.


ster·e·o·type

4. Sociology . a simplified and standardized conception or  invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group: The cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes.



See the differance?  Its not really the same thing.




Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

Is me saying there have been no good Asian LTs racist? 


No..... its just knowing that there havent been any. 



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

Stereotyping based on race = racism...

No because to be racist there needs to be hate there. 

As far as you can name more failed white QBs....well duh.  Maybe b/c its roughly 1000;1 white QBs vs black ones?




Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:56 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

Lol, this is why I love your posts.

Stereotyping based on race = racism...



but his list is accurate.



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:48 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

You can call it racist if you'd like but its really just stereotyping

Lol, this is why I love your posts.

Stereotyping based on race = racism...



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:47 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

So yeah expecting an African American QB (*Doug Williams) to not win at the NFL level isnt really racist, its just knowing their history. 

Come on now...  I can recite a far longer list of failed white QBs (I bet you can too), that doesn't mean it should be expected that they will not win.  The whole point is that race has nothing to do with it - each individual succeeds or fails on their own merits - well, combined with those of their team, in the case of many who were good, but "never won chit."



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:39 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

The only mistake he made was he could have made a lot longer list of "mobile"  (meaning black) Qbs that were supposed to be the next big thing and revolutionize the game.  You can call it racist if you'd like but its really just stereotyping. 


His list should have been;

Flat out busts;

Akili Smith

Andre Ware

DuhMarcus Russell

Vince Young

Tarvaris Jackson



Even the "good ones" never won chit....

Mike Vick

Daunte Culpepper

Donavan McNabb

Randall Cunningham

Warren Moon

Jason Cambell


And thats just off the top of my head.  So yeah expecting an African American QB (*Doug Williams) to not win at the NFL level isnt really racist, its just knowing their history. 




Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:23 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

This is why the NFL is way smarter than Freeman. There's a reason that VY is sitting on the bench despite his 31-19 record- writers like Freeman are obsessed with win-loss records as the measure of a quarterback's play. Newton is playing with one of the two or three worst defenses in the league, while his offense is possibly the best after GB/NE/NO. Yet Freeman chooses to cite win-loss record as a strike against Newton. The league knows that VY never proved to be a above-average starting quarterback consistently, but if Freeman were a GM he would go "HEEEYYY 31-19 record, that's a "Winner!"" If Newton was playing with the Cincy defense, his team would be something like 9-6. Every advanced QB metric (be it QBR, Football Outsiders) confirms as such.

Fair or not, reading what people like Nolan Nawrocki and others were saying about Newton before the draft, plenty of people in the NFL community had lumped in Newton with recent quasi (Young) or full-out (Russell) African-American QB busts due to "concerns" about his "work ethic" and character. Hell, Nawrocki actually wrote an article claiming that Newton's smiles were a sign of his being a "phony." The simple fact is that white QBs almost NEVER get tagged with character concerns (Mallett may be the only recent high-profile QB to have gotten those concerns) and that the NFL is still not completely through past problems of being more skeptical of black QBs than they are of white QBs. 



Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:23 am
 

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

radicaltobs, that is one hell of a good post, 5'd and faved.



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:05 am
 

Raciscm vs Racial Profiling or = Racial Profiling

I think its interesting that Freeman thinks that racism is a factor for Newton critics but seems to disagree with Newton that racial profiling is coming in to play.  It sounds to me like Newton is saying that pundits and even fans to some degree don't question an african american quarterback's ability to create offense or win games (Jamarcus withstanding) or his passion (Jamarcus again) so much as his commitment to the position, longterm reliability and leadership ability. If Cam was feeling particularly footballsy he may have included Vic in his statement who despite being perhaps the (2nd) most dynamic athlete in the NFL has shown time and time again that between health and off field issues, is never a lock to be starting next season or even next week.  But there again is how Newton is different. He is too smart and too charming to turn over the Vic stone. When he makes a statement like this he dosn't seems to be starting drama so much as offering insight as to what he believes is influenceing Americas view of African Americans at the quarterback position. Whether or not this insight is correct, what Newton wants the world to know is he's not going anywhere, and he's not proving it with his mouth either.  On the field he has shown that he can ispire a team, make all of the plays, take all of the hits and Cam's gonna get up smiling.  Off the field he has shown that he can take any and every amount of criticism, scrutiny, public family soap opera or criminal accusation and again Ol Cam's gonna get up smilin.  Nothing is gonna stop him from taking the field week after week and giving his all to try to eek out a win.  Indeed the only thing that wipes that grin off his face is losing.  Proof again that he is not a movie star or a flake or a robot or a dancer.  He's nothing but a freakin quarterback.


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