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Cam’s quarterback coach responds to PFW takedown

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Florio mentioned on Monday night that the Pro Football Weekly draft preview had a scathing takedown of Cam Newton, which attacked Newton as a person more than as a quarterback.

It’s no surprise that someone close Newton has taken offense.

Newton’s personal quarterback coach George Whitfield fired off a couple shots directed at Nawrocki via Twitter.

“Nawrocki spent 10 min with Cam? Drunks can say that,” Whitfield wrote.  “Even the Pope has detractors! Diff is that trying to crush the Pope doesn’t help a sportswriter’s career like crushing Cam. . . . Cam won & succeeded in SEC stadiums that had 95,000 frustrated, nasty, helpless fans like Nawrocki.  Sure it’ll get worse!”

On one hand, Nawrocki’s attack seems over the top.  On the other hand, we’re sure some scouts share his opinion.

Nawrocki doesn’t really know Newton that well, but who does?  NFL teams investing in Newton will spend time with him in interviews, but ultimately they will have to entrust their franchise to him based on a gut feel.

Mike Mayock has said it a few times: At this point, Newton’s football skills are clearly worthy of a top-five selection.

He just needs one team to believe in him as a leader and that seems likely to happen.  (Especially since Nawrocki isn’t running a top-five team.)

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24 Responses to “Cam’s quarterback coach responds to PFW takedown”
  1. JackLeone says: Mar 29, 2011 8:52 AM

    Hopefully he’ll use all of the negative publicity as fuel for his pro football career.

  2. realitypolice says: Mar 29, 2011 8:53 AM

    Guy seems a little unhinged.

    If I was a GM I would be just as worried about the character of the people around him (possibly crazy “personal QB coach”, completely corrupt father) as I would about the character of the player himself.

    Whatever side of the “Cam Newton will be a great NFL QB” argument you are on, you have to admit he’s got a lot more weirdness swirling around him than the typical draft prospect.

  3. thompgk says: Mar 29, 2011 8:57 AM

    I am very curious why PFT won’t post the Gil Brandt article from Mar 25th that basically shoots holes in the PFW piece.

  4. joepags says: Mar 29, 2011 9:01 AM

    he wont live up to the hype, like all first rounders,.

  5. rayvens says: Mar 29, 2011 9:01 AM

    I’ve come to find that those entertainment QB’s who loves media attention don’t really pan out in the NFL. If cam thinks that he will be successful in the NFL just based of athleticism we will be surprised. Tim Tebo first rushing touchdown he got his ribs broke! Get (NFL) football smart!

  6. seeschool says: Mar 29, 2011 9:05 AM

    “Nawrocki spent 10 min with Cam? Drunks can say that,” Whitfield wrote. “Even the Pope has detractors! Diff is that trying to crush the Pope doesn’t help a sportswriter’s career like crushing Cam. . . . Cam won & succeeded in SEC stadiums that had 95,000 frustrated, nasty, helpless fans like Nawrocki. Sure it’ll get worse!”

    Yes, Nawrocki probably did spend about 10 minutes with Cam, Mr.Whitfield. Shockingly…..that’s not where he gathered all his information. He spoke to coaches and other personnel people.

    I mean shoot, if you think a guy is insincere we all know the best way to find out about him is to talk to him directly, but clearly Nawrocki has his own unique methods.

  7. jw731 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:18 AM

    Whe he called himself an entertainer and an icon, when he said he was going to market lifestyle clothing (whatever the hell that is). I found it somewhat amusing, but now camp Scam is being compared to the Pope…..That’s hilarious….

  8. imongo says: Mar 29, 2011 9:23 AM

    Just ask the Raiders…..

  9. r8rsfan says: Mar 29, 2011 9:40 AM

    I can GUARANTEE, with complete confidence, that Cam will not be a Raider. What else matters? One nation – Raider Nation.

  10. emperor83 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:41 AM

    joepags says: Mar 29, 2011 9:01 AM

    he wont live up to the hype, like all first rounders,.
    _____________________________________

    Hmm, like Peyton Manning? Bruce Smith? Emmitt Smith? John Elway? Troy Polamalu? Jeremy Shockey? Brian Urlacher? Randy Moss? Ray Lewis? Terry Bradshaw? Jim Kelly? Dan Marino?

  11. abninf says: Mar 29, 2011 10:06 AM

    jw731 says: Mar 29, 2011 9:18 AM

    Whe he called himself an entertainer and an icon, when he said he was going to market lifestyle clothing (whatever the hell that is).
    ———————————————–
    That’s shorts that come down to your ankles and jeans with a waist size 6 inches too large, and shirts that are as long as a woman’s dress. Da gansta lifestyle.

  12. tednancy says: Mar 29, 2011 10:13 AM

    So someone close to Newton thinks that the only difference between Cam and the Pope is the fact that the Pope doesn’t play football?

    Has there ever been a more obvious bust than this idiot?

  13. ezmoover says: Mar 29, 2011 10:25 AM

    Guys like Locker and Ponder have “good citizen guy” written all over them. But where’s the fun in publishing that kind of stuff?

    Pre-draft muck raking and character assassinating is where the action is! Fun. Fun.

    Like it or not, that’s what always gets the mouse clicks and internet eyeballs. Money. Money.

    I wonder who gets skewered next week? Hmmmm…

    Personally, my money is on Mallet. Easy pickins. Easy mouse clicks. Fun for us. Money for “them”.

  14. bluepike says: Mar 29, 2011 10:45 AM

    I, too, always thought his smile was phony. He always indicated to me that his fascination with himself was boundless. These observations are obviously on a personal level and are solely my own opinion. For these reasons alone – I wouldn’t draft him.

    Also, he always appeared to me not to be able to take a good, solid hit. I didn’t see him take too many, which is to his credit, but the one’s that he did take showed me that he’s somewhat “soft”. That won’t cut it in the NFL.

  15. samwadd5 says: Mar 29, 2011 10:51 AM

    Everyone seems to take issue with the comment that Cam made about becoming an entertainer and an icon but very few are point at the context that the comment was made in. It was in response to a question and the only way to become an icon in football is to win.

  16. ihatedallasandauburn says: Mar 29, 2011 10:54 AM

    Tick,tick,tick,tick,tick

  17. 202folife says: Mar 29, 2011 11:26 AM

    Yep! Let’s scrutinize Cam’s smile because we sure as hell can’t find anything wrong with his delivery, mechanics or pocket awareness. Unbelievable!

  18. hobartbaker says: Mar 29, 2011 12:24 PM

    Fat little Georgie is even more about self promotion than the large Newt. Gives him traction with all the bimbo cub reporters looking for access. Under “George the Guru”, Newton’s passing demonstrations got progressively worse and not better.

  19. 11inthebox says: Mar 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    @202folife who says:

    Yep! Let’s scrutinize Cam’s smile because we sure as hell can’t find anything wrong with his delivery, mechanics or pocket awareness.
    —————————————
    Exactly.

    Whats even more funny is Rosenthal saying: “On one hand, Nawrocki’s attack seems over the top. On the other hand, we’re sure some scouts share his opinion.”

    Really?

  20. eezyxyz says: Mar 29, 2011 1:42 PM

    “Mike Mayock has said it a few times: At this point, Newton’s football skills are clearly worthy of a top-five selection.”

    I don’t think that’s in any way clear at all. Just ’cause Mike Mayock says something doesn’t mean it’s true. Even forgetting the personality (or what people perceive as his personality) it has been proven many, many times that being big and athletic and having a great arm do NOT make a guy “clearly worthy” of a top-five selection since it doesn’t prove a guy can run a pro offense.

  21. paperlions says: Mar 29, 2011 1:55 PM

    I’d be more worried about things like, 3 instances of academic cheating while at UoF (you have to cheat a lot to get caught 3 times), stealing a laptop from a fellow student while at UoF, and selling his services to the highest bidder after spending a year at a JC, than most of the things cited in the PFW piece.

    I don’t see that a lesson has been learned from his past behavior that would show him that such things are mistakes. Indeed, being drafted in the top 10 would confirm to him that he is doing everything right.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Mar 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    Maybe there is a reason he’s a college QB coach wand not in the NFL ranks. But calling this guy a drunk? C’mon man! I guess there wasn’t any other way to express himself.

  23. mjw21 says: Mar 29, 2011 6:25 PM

    The full scouting report is on ProFootballWeekly.com.

  24. espnfeedback says: Mar 29, 2011 9:12 PM

    Gotta go and check PFW’s Nolan Narwocki’s
    old pre draft analysis of Ainge when he came out of Tennessee. Because if Narwocki can spend 10 mins with Cam Newton and perform a full on Sigmund Freud cipher of Every emotional flaw in Newton from his total direspect for authourity to his fake smiles(WOW!)

    I am SURE he spotted the signs of a strung out heroin, percocet, marajuana, meth addict….RIGHT?

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