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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.
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Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

I agree. Judge should have used Russell and Leaf as examples.  As far we know, VY and Alex Smith still have a shot at being successful pros.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

"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 waiting to happen."

Why not the next Alex Smith? Ryan Leaf?

Go ahead and say what you mean, The next failed BLACK QB. Racist ass.




Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Who decided to change the definition of "icon" to be used as a positive term in sports?  I've heard of "legend" - guys, like Magic, Michael, Wilt, Joe Namath, etc.. Icon is a sacred image.  Never heard of Joe Montana or Jerry Rice either refer to themselves as "icons" or any one else ever refer to them in this manner. Thanks for justifying his bombastic palaver.  Now he (Newton) might let you wash his jock after the game too.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Wow! Talk about overreacting to a bunch of nothing. can we please stop with the newton bashing and double standards.
I get it, some dont like cam because they feel that he and his father broke rules and went unpunished. This is going a bit too far.

Is this comment out of context? Use of the word icon in sports simply means one of the greatest. Is there a problem with a kid who wants to be one of the best ever? Please many atheletes say they want to be the best, why beat up Cam for this statement?

Last I checked pro sports IS ENTERETAINMENT business, so athletes are indeed entertainers. many athletes want to perform well, or put on a show for the fans, this goes along with being a success on the field. This doesnt tell me he wants to be a rapper or anything other than a quarterback.

Finally if anyone thinks Brady, manning, Brees, or rivers are without ego, please have yourself checked. All pro atheletes have a big ego, its part of how they achieved at such a high level.

Come on folks, dial it down a taste, and lets be fair.




Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:48 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Great! Another enormous talent about to be fed an enormous amount of money to support his enormous ego!  Just what this world needs, more Terrell Owens, Ochocincos, Lebrons, Shawn Merrimans, etc....I think if he stopped at entertainer, then ok, but "icon."  Give me a break!  Almost makes you not want to cheer for the guy.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:50 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon”
Even using the whole quote doesn't make it any better. I am a guy who thinks Newton can be a very good pro but this makes me pause. I agree that I don't want my QB to be anything other than a QB. I don't want to see him dodging chairs at the Vibe Awards. This is another example of a player wanting superstardom to be handed to him. It used to be you needed to win to be a superstar, now you just need to declare yourself a superstar to be one......huh LeBron.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:47 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

"He undoubtedly has the physical skills to play in the NFL. "


The problem is that doesn't mean he has the skills/talent to play QB in the NFL.  Frankly, I don't think he does.  His delivery is crap, he takes too long to get rid of the ball, he hasn't shown he cna read defense.  The list goes on and on, THEN you start looking at the issues with his dad (are you gullible enough to think if his dad got cash that Can didn't receive any of it?  I'm not), the stolen laptop at FL, the multiple times he cheated and got caught (one of which included stealing another students paper and turning it in....not buying one, stealing it.  Like the kid couldn't, you know dumbass, print another one).

All that adds up to a big fat pass in my opinion.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:34 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Thanks for showing the whole comment at first when I read it I thought yeah just another J Russell but when I SAW YOUR COMMENT I CHANGED MY MIND. It should be law if you put something in quotes you have to put the whole sentance in quotes not just pick and choose.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:51 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

He sees himself as a representative symbol of something? He needs to clarify because, if he sees himself as an icon of the aforementioned Jamarcus Russell, he is in trouble. Him participating in the combine isn't a real big deal. He undoubtedly has the physical skills to play in the NFL. The question will be, is he smart enough? From what I have seen and heard, I don't want him, at least not in the first 2 rounds.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:45 am
 

Memo to Newton: Get another line

Cam is confirming my impressions of him from earlier interviews and sideline shots. He's got the game presence and attention span of a star wide receiver. Not to mention the outsized sense of self-importance and the self-glorifying need to seek the spotlight. 
The notion of T.O. as an NFL QB makes me think that only Mike Brown could either (a) possibly be this dumb (now that Millen is back in the booth) or (b) possibly survive doing something as dumb as turning their team over to such a fellow, much less paying him umpteen millions guaranteed. In Cincinnati, it's good to be the owner; whereas, it stinks to be a fan of the Bengals.


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