Warren Moon admits Cam Newton puts “cart before the horse”

Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton caused a ruckus earlier this week by calling himself an “entertainer and an icon” and by boasting that he has accomplished more in one year than most accomplish in their entire collegiate careers.  Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who has been helping Newton prepare for the next level, realizes that Newton has a habit of getting ahead of himself.

“[T]hose types of statements are a little bit putting the cart before the horse,” Moon told Bill Pidto of Sirius Mad Dog Radio, “but this kid has the ability to be that and he’s kinda done that on the college level with what he did in just one year at the University of Auburn.  But he’s got to start all over again going into the National Football League.  He just really thinks in terms of being great all the time and sometimes, like I said, he gets the cart before the horse and he’s got to just slow down a little bit.  But he really feels like he’s going to be a great, great player and that’s what he trains to be.”

Moon seems to realize that only so much can be done to keep Cam in check.

“[Y]ou try and filter that as much as you possibly can but I don’t go into every interview with him,” Moon explained.  “Again, that’s just how confident the kid is.  He trains with a lot of confidence, he has a lot of confidence in his ability, and he could be a little bit more careful with some of the things he says that kind of show that confidence a little bit too much.  Sometimes confidence should be something that you keep inside and something that you should just show when you go out on the football field or whatever arena that you are competing in and that’s something he’s got to do a better job of.”

So will the comments help or hurt Newton?

“I think some might and then some might enjoy it,” Moon said.  “Some might like that confidence.  I think how you handle that confidence is the important part of it and I’m sure those suggestions will be made to him by other people as well.   But I would rather have a kid that is really confident in his ability and also goes about doing it as opposed to just sitting back and saying a bunch of things but not really going about doing it than somebody that’s not that confident.  So you definitely want a confident person at that position, somebody that feels like he’s going to be a great leader and somebody that feels like he can get the job done when he’s asked to perform in certain situations.”

We agree with Moon — it’s important for any quarterback to be confident.  But there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

Saying “I intend to play great,” for example, is far more attractive to a coach than saying “I play great.”

Besides, boasting about being an “entertainer” and an “icon” doesn’t indicate confidence.  It’s evidence of hubris, and it will only get worse if Newton’s name is called at the top of the 2011 draft.

45 responses to “Warren Moon admits Cam Newton puts “cart before the horse”

  1. Yeah. The Vets are gonna LOVE Cam “The icon” Newton when some poor team takes him in desperation.

    Pass on this joke.

  2. Saying “I play great” is also incorrect, but it’s not like Newton would know an adverb from an adjective anyway.

  3. Is it wrong of me to kind of dislike this kid already? I don’t follow college football, so I’m a bit new to the Cam Newton experience.

  4. I sure hope the Redskins don’t take him………For that matter, I don’t think he’s going to be a great NFL QB. In five years, we’ll know if I’m right or not.

  5. warren is jealous, because cam wont have to go to canada and play in minus 40 temperature like how warren did. Warren is also jealous, because cam has a national title, a heisman, groupies, and courtside laker tickets. Cam is the next elway. Case Closed.

  6. I haven’t seen too many articles about what his teammates think of his act.. I think that would be really telling about what kind of a person he is behind the scenes..

  7. Ok i still don’t see what Cam Newton has said wrong. He said he’s a football player, no disputing that. He said he’s an entertainer, that’s what football players are. He said he’s an icon, at Auburn he is an icon. He said he’s accomplished more in one year than most do in college. Most football players in college never win the big game. everything he has said is true, what’s wrong with that? nothing. once again stop hating.

  8. Dont worry guys, LB will humble him. I hope he does well, but he has bust-o-matic written all over him. He might even be the deluxe bust-o-matic (that means quicker in home appliance speak).

  9. I think Jamarcus is a better comparison than VY. VY didn’t want Reggie Bush’s Heisman. Cam Newton would have not only said he wanted it, but that it was rightfully his to begin with…

  10. “Saying “I play great” is also incorrect, but it’s not like Newton would know an adverb from an adjective anyway.”

    Well, unless the student whose paper he stole has good grammar skills.

  11. Newton buffaloed the Auburn fans but he won’t get away with it in the NFL. Of course Auburn has never been a long term football power. Newton just watches those bozo’s at ESPN way too much. Are there any teams in the SEC not in NCAA trouble?

  12. Cam just has to realize the type of microscope he’s under at this point…& understand th@ there will vehement strictures hurled @ him from all directions…I think we all understand why…

  13. The owners that like this are not true football people. They are just thinking of ways to sell jerseys and turn a profit. He would be a perfect fit in minnesota.

  14. peeps, chill them doggies out! in reading the transcript i don’t think that cam said anything wrong either, and if so, barely. i think we always fail to consider how scrutinized and watched a guy like newton is right now, he can’t always say exactly the right things. yeah, he talks, but is it his fault that he is a superstar right now? he leads sports center constantly at this point and he IS probably an icon at auburn…when was the last time auburn won title? i admit that i started out a hater but, all things aside, the thing that swayed me was watching his post game press conferences.

  15. smokehouse56 says:
    Feb 23, 2011 9:40 PM
    Newton buffaloed the Auburn fans but he won’t get away with it in the NFL. Of course Auburn has never been a long term football power. Newton just watches those bozo’s at ESPN way too much. Are there any teams in the SEC not in NCAA trouble?

    ???????????????????????????????????????????

    you obviously don’t watch College Football. Auburn has had 3 12-0 Season in the past 12 season 2 of which they were on probation and could not compete in bowl games.

  16. I have $1000.00 that says Cam Newton has no idea what the expression “cart before the horse” means !

  17. Yeah something about this guy is funny. As bad as the QB situation is in SF, I don’t want us to draft this guy.

  18. Anyone notice how quiet Newton was during the season? Now that someone HAS to pay to make him play, I suppose the real Cam is shining through…what a douche

  19. ‘Saying “I intend to play great,” for example, is far more attractive to a coach than saying “I play great.”’

    well duh- in other news, water is wet.

    since everyone now thinks he’s an arrogant prick, i’m preparing for an onslaught of cam acting particularly humble. i’m not sure which is worse.

  20. Who was the last QB to come out of college that talked like this and was worth a crap? Yeah, I cant think of one either. I hope he does well and wins. But without the attitude adjustment I don’t see him being a believable leader of a team.

  21. He may appear confident on the outside, but deep down inside he is insecure. Guys like him feel the need for constant attention. To me, that’s a sign of insecurity.

  22. What a complete horse’s ass. He’d be off my draft board just for this comment. I’d take a dude with a shaky past over one who thinks of himself as an “entertainer.”

  23. We know the Panthers won’t sign him because of the risk. They punt on 4th down, take FGs instead of TDs, and (to borrow from that other sport) take the base hit instead of swinging for the bleachers. Wimpy wimpy wimpy…

  24. Cam Newton is going to be a bust!!
    I can’t wait until someone like Harrison
    Or Troy polamalu pop this guy in the head.

  25. “Saying ‘I intend to play great,’ for example, is far more attractive to a coach than saying ‘I play great.'”

    EXACTLY!

    Its the difference between saying “I need to do something to get there” (i.e. practice hard and study) vs. saying “I’m already there” (i.e. no need for practice and study.

    Reminds me of Mike Vick coming into Atlanta with less skills.

  26. I think Warren Moon can put aside any aspirations he may have had towards a career “advising” NFL prospects.

    Especially prospects from the “University of Auburn”.

    What a dope.

  27. bdert says:
    Feb 23, 2011 9:41 PM
    Cam just has to realize the type of microscope he’s under at this point…& understand th@ there will vehement strictures hurled @ him from all directions…I think we all understand why…
    ===================

    Is it because he committed a felony and then tried to destroy the evidence when the police came for him?

    Is it because he stole a paper from another student and put his name on it?

    Is it because he extorted money from Auburn and attempted to extort money from Miss. State? (and don’t tell me his father did it without his knowledge. If you believe that you’re a blind fool)

    Is it because he puts his foot in his mouth every time he opens it?

    OOOhhhhhhhh……. I get what you’re saying.

    It’s because everyone that doubts him is racist.

    Of course it is.

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