Cam Newton may be an entertainer and an icon. But how good of a quarterback is he? According to Blaine Gabbert, Newton’s not the best quarterback in the draft.
According to Gabbert, Gabbert is.
“There’s no question,” Gabbert told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon of Sirius NFL Radio. “I’m going to outwork everybody. My parents have raised me that nothing’s ever going to be given to you in life. You’ve always got to earn it. And that’s what I’ve applied to football and academics, that you’ve got to work for everything you’re going to get.”
Quantity of work and quality of play are two different things. And time will tell whether Gabbert is right.
In the end, though, how is what Gabbert said about himself any less troubling than what Newton said about Newton? A fine line remains between confidence and arrogance, and any team that takes Gabbert or Newton would be wise to assess exactly where they land on that spectrum.