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.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 24, 2011 5:57 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 7:20 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton, no tattoos

OPENING HIT: I had forgotten about this and was reminded after reading an item in Profootballtalk.com. Now, I remember just how arrogantly owner Jerry Richardson behaved when he met quarterback Cam Newton.

Let me explain. In a recent television interview Richardson recalled his interview with Newton. At one point he told Newton: "Do you have any tattoos? He said, ‘No, sir.  I don’t have any.’  I said, ‘Do you have any piercings?’  He said, ‘No, sir.  I don’t have any.’  I said, ‘We want to keep it that way..."

“We want to keep no tattoos, no piercings, and I think you’ve got a very nice haircut," said Richardson.


Richardson's point is: Newton is the face of the franchise and the face of the franchise shouldn't have tattoos or piercings. Some of you will agree with this. Actually, most of you likely will but I find this stunning and part of the trend of football today in which players have decreasing rights from owners and the commissioner.

A dress code is one thing. But telling a grown ass man what he can do with his own body is way over the top.

Newton is a football player, not a head of state. He's not leading Microsoft. He's a freaking quarterback. Who cares if he has his ear pierced?

And let me ask this: how many Panther fans do you think have tattoos or piercings? Or NFL fans in general? I'm guessing it's not an insignificant number. Are Panthers fans who have a tattoo the dirtbags Richardson apparently thinks they are?

But again, this is the era we're in. When an owner can tell a prospect whether or not he can get a tattoo.

Next up for Richardson: he instructs Newton on who he can date.

My hope is that Newton gets a tattoo that reads "Jerry Richardson told me not to get this."

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Tags: Panthers
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:15 pm

Panthers continue march towards Newton

It continues to look increasingly like the Carolina Panthers are going to select Cam Newton with the first overall pick in April's draft. But there is a caveat.

Owner Jerry Richardson still isn't completely sold on Newton, a source with knowledge of the Panthers' draft plans told CBSSports.com. Still, Richardson will likely defer to his personnel staff, and many of them have met with Newton, and like him.

The lockout is damaging the entire league but when it comes to rookies it's Newton who could be hurt more than others. Some teams are concerned if the labor impasse contiinues into the summer or longer quarterbacks like Newton who will need extensive coaching might suffer more than other rookies.

Another player the Panthers continue to be enamored with is former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. I find this impossible to believe but people I trust insist the Panthers could trade down and take Green.

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Tags: Panthers
Posted on: January 11, 2009 1:02 am

Jake Delhomme's Nightmare

Charlotte, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme sat at the post-game podium and initially didn't know what to say.

"I'm at a loss for words," he explained. "For one reason or another, I didn't give us a chance tonight. It's disappointing. I don't know what else to say."

How does Delhomme bounce back from this? Can he seriously return to the Panthers next year after a six turnover day in the playoffs with five interceptions?

The best franchises don't overreact to one game even a game as bad as this one. But the Panthers have to be absolutely disturbed.

Delhomme's 34 and that's not ancient but he's not 21 any more and it seems Bad Jake is starting to appear more frequently than Good Jake.

Now the Panthers have to decide if they should get rid of both.
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Tags: Panthers
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