Tag:Cam Newton
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:14 pm

Cam Newton makes first big mistake

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.'"


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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Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:55 pm

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

INDIANAPOLIS: Actually, this is exactly what an African-American NFL scout stated about Cam Newton:

"Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

This is what he meant and his comparison had nothing to do with off-the-field. He meant strictly on it.

When looking at Newton now and Roethlisberger coming out of college the parallels are indeed interesting. Newton is far more decorated with a Heisman and national championship than Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami University but both men had size and big arms. Both were gritty. Both ran well. Both escaped sacks. Both won a lot of games.

Newton has a great deal to prove. He's done nothing on the NFL level but the Roethlisberger comparison is actually legitimate strictly in terms of deciphering who Newton best resembles in the pros now.

The scout was also making another type of statement with the comparison. There are plenty of personnel men who have expressed privately to me how they tire of the black quarterback to black quarterback comparisons when they aren't relevant. It's beyond stupid, for example, to compare Newton to Mike Vick. That's like comparing a Great Dane to a Jack Russell.

Maybe I shouldn't use dog analogies.

But you get the point.

The Cam Newton Show begins Thursday.

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