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Memo to Newton: Get another line

Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:41 pm
So Cam Newton wants to be "an entertainer" and "icon." Swell. Maybe he should just worry about being a quarterback.

I swear, someone should give Newton advice he's not getting these days. To say what he said on the eve of the NFL combine is, well, frankly, stupid. He must convince clubs that he can be the quarterback in the pros that he was at Auburn, that he can win as he did in Auburn and that he is not the next JaMarcus Russell or Vince Young waiting to happen.

He's going to need all weekend.

Look, I want a quarterback who wants to win. Period. I don't need someone who wants to be an icon. Tom Brady didn't enter the league looking to be an entertainer or an icon. He wanted to be a starting quarterback. Period. Same goes for Peyton Manning. I don't remember Aaron Rodgers saying anything about anything other than he wanted to go where he would play.

You want to entertain? Go into show business or get your own reality TV show. You want to win? Play football and make your team respectable.

That's all I want out of my next quarterback. When I hear something like this out of a high draft pick it makes me wonder if the guy knows what it takes to play at the next level or if he has the makeup to become the leader of his next football team. Basically, it makes me wonder just how mature he is.

I guess we just found out. Score one red flag for Cam.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 12:39 am

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Here we go again.  Someone has to throw the Race card into the fire! djjust, before Young and J. Russel, Ryan Leaf and Alex Smith, both WHITE QBs were being crucified by the media for being busts.  Unfortunately, Young and especially Russeal are the new "Busts" the media are crucifying.  Why do "Some" African American always have to cry foul and Racism everytime one of their athletes gets criticized by the media.  It happens to all athletes, whether you're white, brown yellow or black.  Look at T Romo?  The media is always hounding him for stupid things.  I don't see any Hispanics crying about it?  Let it go and stop adding fuel to the fire.  Next think you know, we'll have Jesse Jackson on this board crying for justice. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:45 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Sorry, friend, but unlike yourself, I didn't accuse you of anything, simply questioning your statement. And still questioning. It's interesting you're in the line of work you are ("professional sports" is a pretty vague term though, not to accuse you of being part of the major associations, e.i. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL , because I wouldn't want to offend). I have friends who play football here at Mizzou, and as college students, during the season, have as much football packed into their lives as possible. They're gone in the morning for class, are done by noon, head to team responsibilities from there, and don't get home til later that night. I understand professional sports grants much more freedom, but I'm finding it hard to believe that the work load drops off from collegiate to professional given the time investment it takes to play college ball, which would be even greater if not for the requirement of classes. These guys also talk to former players and friends, and the resounding key to success is the hours put in after mandation.

Not 40 hours? Sure, I have no idea. But you belittle the time; if it's not 40 it's not far. But, you're right, I don't receive a paycheck that entitles me to be an emphatic ass.

Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:39 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line


I know exactly how much pro athletes work or don't work. I've worked in professional sports since 2000 my friend. The organization I work for owns four professional teams in the US and one team in Europe, so I know how it is in numerous leagues, not just the NFL. I know exactly what these guys do.

Outside of training camp in the NFL which is OBVIOUSLY an extremely trying and difficult time for players, they don't do much. Players have the games obviously, practice, some film study and treatment with the trainers if they're hurt. The most popular players have commitments for interviews also and community service appearances they have to keep also. But trust me, that comes nowhere NEAR 40 hours in one week.

You know what's really outrageous?? When someone like you, who has no clue what they're talking about, tries to suggest they know something and don't have the faintest idea of the realities.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:30 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line


Sorry, Michael Vick was a great athlete doing a poor job imitating an NFL QB during his first stint in the league. People want to say "would Manning do that? Brady? Rodgers, Brees?" Well, know what? None of them would advocate themselves as MVP (in fact, Brady was given the opportunity). Success is success, at any level, and success bodes arrogance when it's not kept in check. I didn't say this was okay, in fact, I did acknowledge it wasn't smart. This simply isn't a red flag like Ryan Leaf saying he'd celebrate being drafted by taking his boys to Veges, or Locker's accuracy issues. Those are legitimate red flags. This is just something that is going to make execs roll their eyes and prepare their questions.

Oh, and Newton's comment was in response to Peter King asking him about his new Under Armor deal. King tweeted it. So, again, not smart by any means, but this isn't Newton taking a sharpie and writing "greatness" on his forehead.

Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:47 am

Memo to Newton: Get another line

The headline:"Memo to Newton: Get Another Line" - New headline: "Writer: Get Another Story"I don't know if you noticed what you're saying, but I'll put it like this: Its February, and you just reminded us that Cam Newton is a college junior being compared to "Brady, Manning, and Rodgers", and somehow being thrown in the likes of "Vince Young and JaMarcus Russell". That is just a coincidence, right? Because if it was Andrew Luck (who stayed in school) or Blaine Gabbert we were talking about, somehow I seriously doubt they would be mentioned in the second category. And its February... Heck of a coincidence. Black athelete-type QBs: gifted, strong-armed, but could be troublesome. White drop-back style QBs: mature, focused, RESPECTABLE (thats the word I see above in the article)...I'm just sayin'. Maybe I'M the one looking too hard into nothing. Then again, maybe I'M not the ONLY one looking too hard into something trivial, like an "ICON" comment.
I mena seriously, what QB prospect DOESN'T look at themselves as a potential icon? Aren't they playing Quarterback, the position that everyone generally believes to be the most prolific on the field, leading the offense up and down the field? Don't top QBs usually get all the crazy endorsements (see Mannings in their commercials, Vick before his fall from grace, Brees all of last year, basically) as well as play on the highest level of competition available for football players? Don't know if you all noticed, but all the above accolades are, well, ICONIC (just like the Heisman Trophy). I say, if you want to entertain as a QB, then play QB in the NFL. Why should a columnist/sports writer tell you anything different, when he's writing about NFL players anyway? The headline:"Memo to Newton: Get Another Line" - New headline: "Writer: Get Another Story"

Dang, seems like I wrote a whole story responding to the first one; maybe I should forward my resume and cover letter to CBS...

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:32 am

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Wrong, wrong, IS a Red Flag because this is a judgement issue.  He is on verge of trying to prove himself to NFL scouts - and instead of talking about making the transition to the NFL successfully and saying things like 'I'm confident I can be successful and be a leader' he throws out that comment.  The real question here is if Cam is smart enough to play QB in the NFL - do we forget that Vince Young's Wondelic test was terrible....and how did that turn out?!     
Oh and you can't compare this to the Micheal Vick comment - you comment asked "What's the difference?"....isn't it obvious, Vick had a very successful year IN the NFL, has had more than a few years in his past where he has performed at a high level so I believe he has the ability to make a statement like that - especially since he was very much in the discussion about being the league MVP. 

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:58 pm

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"Being in the NFL is a job people, it doesn't define who you are. NFL players "jobs" involve far less than 40 hours of work a week. They work far less than the average person works. So what are players supposed to do with the rest of their time?? It's called having a life people. "

You've got to be kidding me. That's astounding. You really think that? That these players simply show up for the three and a half hours on Sunday and check out til next week? (Please don't respond to that if you simply acknowledge practices.)

"Or you can believe the players who lie and say that all they do is eat, sleep and dream football. Don't get me wrong, I know there are a few players that do this, but they are BY FAR the minority in the league and not the majority."

That's an outrageous assumption. You couldn't possibly know that or have any suggestive reason to believe so. Do you like football?

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:45 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Not to compare the two as football players or people in general, but Michael Vick said he'd choose himself for MVP, yet received little to no flack. Newton's comment is getting torn to shreds and it falls under the same light as Vick's. What's the difference? Other than, Vick's story this season was supposed to be about his redemption and Cam's already fallen under scrutiny because of his father. So the difference is context, then--media context. My point is, this is no red flag. It wasn't the smartest thing to say, but all that's really going (or should)come from it in the long run is teams pry him a little harder in interviews--like they weren't going to in the first place. Overblown story.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 6:33 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line

fourth, Russell Never won a Natl. Championship, unless you want to count his freshman yr in which he Red-Shirted.

You are right, my bad on that one. You changed my mind, he is a racist ass.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:00 pm

Memo to Newton: Get another line

You can have all of the athletic ability in the world but if you have pudding between your ears you are not going to suceed in the NFL as a quarterback.  Cam obviously is an amazing athlete, but based on his past and the fact that he doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut I don't see him being able to process the game of football at the NFL level.  He should hire someone to edit his public statments at least until he gets drafted, because ignorant comments like this are going to do nothing but scare away potential NFL teams looking to draft him.

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