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Blaine Gabbert bangs his own gong

Blaine Gabbert

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.

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  1. iced107 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:41 PM

    believing that you are the best player at your position in the draft is not arroganance – its called confidence.

    I’d be more worried about a player who didn’t think he was one of the best .

  2. broncfanor says: Feb 25, 2011 5:42 PM

    Quick question, if your so good then why are you SKIPPING the combine workouts?

  3. stevemo says: Feb 25, 2011 5:43 PM

    Who the hell is going to draft a guy in the first round who says “I’m definitely not the best quarterback in the draft”?

    If you don’t believe in yourself, GTFO because you aren’t going to make it at this level.

  4. mharenza says: Feb 25, 2011 5:44 PM

    Well, I think the overall context needs to be taken into account as well. I confess that I do not know much about Gabbert, however, I do not recall hearing his name in any sordid scandals. I see him professing that his hard work both on and off the field will make him the better player. On the other hand, Newton has been implicated in numerous scandals and professed his desire to be an entertainer and icon. And in my opinion, hard work does not include academic fraud.

  5. vikesfan4ever says: Feb 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    Please Vikings draft him!

  6. duanethomas says: Feb 25, 2011 5:45 PM

    What is it with these guys this year? First Scam now this Bland guy, frick and frat. Andre Ware and Ryan Leaf is my prediction. 1 year wonder and a guy who couldn’t win in a down Big 12. They have no clue about what it takes to succeed it The NFL. Talk is not the way, performance is what matters.Who is advising these clowns Rex Ryan?

  7. dave0320 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:46 PM

    Gabbert has been a “class act” at Missouri. Acadimically, he has been at the top of his class as well. Let’s see how they both fair in their wonderlic scores.

  8. atlien698 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    Well at least he didn’t start off by saying, “I’m not trying to be arrogant, but…”

  9. mybuttsayspft says: Feb 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    “how is what Gabbert said about himself any less troubling than what Newton said about Newton?”

    How??? Gabbert was never caught stealing a laptop, accepting money, etc. Pretty sure every NFL player thinks they’re the best at what they do, some just do it with class and ethics, unlike newton, and for him to see himself as an entertainer and an icon before he has done anything in the NFL is abnoxious.

  10. pervyharvin says: Feb 25, 2011 5:48 PM

    I think what he said was fine. Look, you have to have a little swagger to make it at that level. Newton says entertainer and icon.Sounds a little arrogant. Gabbert talks about his parents role, outworking everybody and earning what you get. Sounds like a recipe for success. Must be working, Mayock has him #1 qb. That’s good enough for me.

  11. kc4life7 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:50 PM

    I’m missing the part where he said he was the best quarterback available? He said he was going to outwork everyone, which says something about his worth ethic, not his ego.

  12. nordicnotebook says: Feb 25, 2011 5:52 PM

    this is a complete & total NON-STORY.

  13. tnazvol says: Feb 25, 2011 5:53 PM

    Beats smokin’ it I guess, especially in front of all those reporters.

  14. carson9 says: Feb 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    Gabbert – “Im going to outwork everybody”. And he is going to begin “outworking everybody” by not throwing at the combine while everyone else is. Nice.

  15. tombrokaw says: Feb 25, 2011 5:54 PM

    Seriously? You have a law degree?

    One guy said he would outwork everyone to earn accolades in the NFL.

    The other guy said he envisions himself as an entertainment icon.

    They are two entirely different sentiments.

    If a third player said he likes cheetos, would you also say “how is that any different than what Newton and Gabbert said?”

    Serious? You passed a bar exam?

  16. profootballwalk says: Feb 25, 2011 5:56 PM

    Let’s not be comparing gong size now.

  17. phazard says: Feb 25, 2011 6:01 PM

    Riiiiiiiiggghtt….You’re going to outwork everyone yet you’re the only top QB prospect who is gun-shy about throwing at the combine..

  18. JayRock123 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:02 PM

    In the end, though, how is what Gabbert said about himself any less troubling than what Newton said about Newton?
    ——————————————————

    Gabbert is talking about how hard he works at football and in other aspects of his life. Newton on the other hand is acting like football is a part-time job and self-proclaiming himself as a entertainer and icon…

  19. eezyxyz says: Feb 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    “….how is what Gabbert said about himself any less troubling than what Newton said about Newton?”

    Did Gabbert say something in the interview that you didn’t include here? Because in your post he simply promises he’s going to work hard and take nothing for granted. Where’s the “troubling” part exactly?

  20. Slim Charles says: Feb 25, 2011 6:13 PM

    People aren’t going to complain about Gabbert like they did about Newton because Gabbert is white.

  21. hobartbaker says: Feb 25, 2011 6:21 PM

    Could you disfigure the context and intent of the quote a bit more thoroughly? It might still be identified through DNA testing.

    The question was whether he or Newton would be the first QB taken in the draft. Most feel Newton, but Gabbert felt he was still in the mix. Which he certainly is.

  22. ravenspit says: Feb 25, 2011 6:24 PM

    How about working to throw at the combine?

  23. yankeesjetsknicksrangers says: Feb 25, 2011 6:26 PM

    Looks like something is missing here, what was the exact question he was responding to? Tough to judge the guy without knowing that pretty important piece of info.

  24. vicktator says: Feb 25, 2011 6:27 PM

    is that title supposed to be dirty?

  25. realfootballfan says: Feb 25, 2011 6:29 PM

    Let’s see if the racists who regularly post here under guise will take the same opportunity to rip Gabbert for being overconfident like Newton supposedly is.

  26. jbaxt says: Feb 25, 2011 6:38 PM

    Blaine, you only “earn it” if your dad gets money to get you to play at a certain school. Cam clearly earned it…

  27. mybuttsayspft says: Feb 25, 2011 6:39 PM

    or obnoxious.

  28. badcallsfootball says: Feb 25, 2011 6:44 PM

    They both think they are the best QB in this class. But one has a very shady history while in college and basically got away with a major rule violation by taking money to play for Auburn. (you’d have to be a complete idiot to believe he didn’t know that his dad got paid 100k in exchange for him going to Auburn)

    The other guy has an unblemished record, worked hard in college on the field and in the classroom, and was NOT the subject of a major rules violation.

    I know who I’d pick first.

  29. shaggeez says: Feb 25, 2011 6:46 PM

    calling yourself an entertainer and icon versus focusing on your work ethic are different things. it is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but it seems that cam newton is a punk who feels entitled, like he has already “arrived”. And you have to remember what Gabbert was asked. If he was asked, “are you the best quarterback in this year’s draft?” or some formulation of that, what would you like him to say? Do you want him to say, “oh, if i were a gm or owner, there’s no way I would draft me.” I think there is a very clear difference between the two: both are confident, but with cam’s case, I wouldn’t mind seeing him fall flat on his face a couple times to beat some humility into him.

  30. coolzog says: Feb 25, 2011 6:47 PM

    Probably because Gabbert is talking about his dedication and qualities which will allow him to be the best player on the field that he can be, whereas Cam Newton was boasting about stuff that has nothing to do with winning in the NFL (being an entertainer and icon)

  31. famucancer says: Feb 25, 2011 6:52 PM

    Alright…………..”Blaine”.

    *snicker*

  32. 72Perfection says: Feb 25, 2011 7:26 PM

    Sooo who is this girl GONG!!

  33. thefiesty1 says: Feb 25, 2011 8:08 PM

    Remind me again – just how many Big 12 games did Mizzo win with him at QB?

  34. Deb says: Feb 25, 2011 8:11 PM

    Big difference between saying you’re confident you’ll be the hardest worker because your parents taught you a strong work ethic and saying you’re going to become an icon. Come on :roll: Stop trying to make drama where there isn’t any.

    And there’s no controversy surrounding Gabbert. The investigation into Newton’s signing at Auburn has been characterized as “ongoing,” but his father admitted trying to pimp him for six figures to Mississippi State. Under the circumstances, Newton might be better off going low key.

  35. blmonroe12 says: Feb 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    I’m really torn on this guy, mostly because he came out of no where. I thought the same thing about Joe Flacco and was convinced he had bust written all over him. Clearly I should have looked into it a little more so I’m giving Gabbert a chance. Here is a good piece of info I found:

    “David Lewin, formerly an analyst for Football Outsiders and now with the NBA’s Cavaliers, has found that games started and NCAA completion percentage accurately predict NFL performance for QBs drafted in the first two rounds. To be more specific, the Day 1 QBs who go on to have the best pro careers complete at least 60% of their passes and start at least 37 games in college.”

    That being said, Gabbert has started 31 games and had a 60.9% completion percentage. That seems a little too close for me to be confident in this guy. I just wonder what these teams are seeing that are convincing them.

  36. vikesfannd says: Feb 25, 2011 8:57 PM

    Wanna know why he is not throwing at the combine? He is too busy beating his gong!

  37. blackfootkiller says: Feb 25, 2011 9:54 PM

    Blain? What is wrong with women that give their son’s names like this?
    They do realize they are going to grow up someday don’t they.
    First thing he should do when he gets his guaranteed money is change his name to Bob…
    Oh wait!

  38. sdchargers25 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:09 PM

    lol good one Blaine.
    really funny.
    this dude needs to take a long look in the mirror. First of all, he looks disgusting.
    Second of all, HE SUCKS. he is a system quarterback and DIDNT EVEN LIGHT IT UP! at least Cam lit it up in a spread system. sheesh.
    Cam Newton is the best quarterback. Blaine Gabbert is only being talked about because after Cam this is an extremely weak QB class.
    Blain is one joke of a “quarterback” and with time, everyone will see that this guy is another David Carr.
    Cam Newton = the Future of the League.
    GET USED TO IT HATERS!

  39. huskersrock1 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:11 PM

    They are both wrong. Mallet is the best QB in the draft

  40. tatum064 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:11 PM

    Deeds not words. I hope both are great quarterbacks, because the league gap between teams is widening. Buffalo, Minnesota, and Arizona need arms badly…great , competitive games will drive the level of competition up, and stop these ridiculous “dynasties” that are based on bad QBs in good QBs divisions….

  41. billsfan1 says: Feb 25, 2011 10:52 PM

    Sounds fine to me….no different than brady walking up to kraft in his first training camp and.saying this is the best decision u ever made………..

    My question for newton is…..does he think he is the Rock? There is only one icon in sports entertainment lol

  42. coachstram says: Feb 25, 2011 11:04 PM

    One word: BUST.

    I’m honestly bewildered as to why people are fawning over this guy.

    Anyone know what his record is against top 10 teams? Top 20?

    As for this lamb, Im not followin the train to the slaughterhouse.

  43. bopsrh22 says: Feb 25, 2011 11:08 PM

    PFT missed what Gabbert was really doing by making this comment…

    “My parents have raised me that nothing’s ever going to be given to you in life. You’ve always got to earn it.”

    He was taking a shot at Cam’s Dad because clearly he hasn’t been raising Cam that way… he’s been showing him just the opposite.

    and that could be the very thing that hurts Cam’s stock the most and it’s smart/slick of Gabbert to remind everyone of that, it can only help him become the #1 QB

  44. whatswiththehate says: Feb 25, 2011 11:41 PM

    Something tells me if Cam had said what Blaine said and visa-versa, Blaine still wouldn’t be preceive as arrogant and Cam would. And we all know why…

    I saw that Peter King’s twitter and if Cam was really coming across smug and arrogant on the phone, as claimed by thes liars in the sports media, he would have posted it on his twitter account but he didn’t. Instead he posted that Cam was a POLITE young man and was looking forward to meeting him at the Combine.

    That does not sound like a kid who was arrogant and full of himself that sounds more like a writer who para-phrasing what a kid said based on his question and intentionally creating a fire-storm with it to further vilify.

    It must really piss way to many of these white writers off to know that a 21 year old black man can still smile despite all the evil they have maliciously thrown at him and his family.

  45. whatswiththehate says: Feb 25, 2011 11:44 PM

    badcallsfootball says:
    Feb 25, 2011 6:44 PM
    They both think they are the best QB in this class. But one has a very shady history while in college and basically got away with a major rule violation by taking money to play for Auburn. (you’d have to be a complete idiot to believe he didn’t know that his dad got paid 100k in exchange for him going to Auburn)
    ————————————-

    I swear, some of you really need to work in the media. Your ability to spin a story is awe inspiring and not in a good way.

  46. whatswiththehate says: Feb 25, 2011 11:48 PM

    mybuttsayspft says:
    Feb 25, 2011 5:48 PM
    How??? Gabbert was never caught stealing a laptop, accepting money, etc. Pretty sure every NFL player thinks they’re the best at what they do, some just do it with class and ethics, unlike newton, and for him to see himself as an entertainer and an icon before he has done anything in the NFL is abnoxious.
    ——————————————–
    I know see why the Republicans want to gut our education system…Cam was not caught stealing a lap-top.

    but why bother explain that to someone who criticizes someone without getting her facts straight.

    Here’s hoping you don’t ever sit on a Jury.

  47. whatswiththehate says: Feb 25, 2011 11:58 PM

    JayRock123 says:
    Feb 25, 2011 6:02 PM

    Gabbert is talking about how hard he works at football and in other aspects of his life. Newton on the other hand is acting like football is a part-time job and self-proclaiming himself as a entertainer and icon…
    ——————————————–

    I swear..Arrianna Huffington was right…some people are very gullible.

    How interesting that these sports writers would take a para-phrased quote and use it to beat a black kid over his head and accuse him of being arrogant, while painting the white kid as the perfect “leader.” Can we sream SET-UP!!!

    Not surprising so many are falling for this BS…Blain is your kid and Cam isn’t…Then again, many of you I’m sure, are closer to Cam than your egos will allow you to admit.

  48. whatswiththehate says: Feb 26, 2011 12:24 AM

    “My parents have raised me that nothing’s ever going to be given to you in life. You’ve always got to earn it.”
    ———————————————–
    First off, is this the kid you guys some said is well educated…What the heck type of English is speaking.

    Also, Blain is so damn coached it not funny..I wonder if he’s thinking of the “nothing’s ever going to be given to you in life” as he gets on his parent’s boat and go sail or did the school give him that boat. Nothing sceams really learning life lessons like a Yacht.

    Give me Cam and all of that confidence anyday. And he is 100% right. What all these athletes are doing is simply entertainining us..

    The arrogant folks in the media obviously missed that. Cam lived a REAL life. Made his mistakes and learnt from them. The media is god so who really gives a rats behind what they think. In the end, way more folks can relate to Cam than Blain if they were truly honest to themselves. This Blaine kid sounds well coached and phony for me.

  49. patpatriotagain says: Feb 26, 2011 1:23 AM

    “I’m going to outwork everyone….except, I’m not going to throw at the combine like everyone”

  50. slickster35 says: Feb 26, 2011 5:27 AM

    As a Big XII fan, I don’t see Gabbert as a franchise QB.

    He’s a system guy, and doesn’t seem to have the physical toughness required to play fulltime at the next level.

    Being exposed in consecutive bowl games by the likes of Navy and Iowa doesn’t instill confidence either.

    This years QB class is as weak as I can recall, and I’m glad my team won’t be drafting one very high.

  51. allthingspigskin says: Feb 26, 2011 7:44 AM

    All of these comments talking about throwing at the combine are ridiculous. He will most likely throw at his pro day, like every other highly rated qb does. Cam Newton is an exceptional athlete, but his passing has never been considered elite. His numbers show otherwise, but when you can run like he does it makes it easier to pile up passing stats. This does not mean he can make the NFL throws the way the NFL coaches want to see them thrown, from different drops. Cam Newton needs to throw at the combine.

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