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Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney defends Cam Newton

Marty Hurney, John Fox AP

Pro Football Weekly is getting massive amounts of national airtime for its scouting report on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. ESPN discussed PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki’s evaluation of Newton with ex-Chiefs coach Herm Edwards earlier in the week, and Nawrocki called into NFL Network’s Total Access program Friday night.

Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney says he knows exactly what PFW and Nawrocki are up to:

“(Nawrocki) did his job. He’s selling books.”

Hurney appeared on WFNZ the Fan in Charlotte Friday, and the first question he was asked pertained to Nawrocki’s criticisms of Newton.

“(Nawrocki) has never met Cam Newton,” Hurney said. “So who has (Nawrocki) talked to? He says he’s talking to decision makers. We have the No. 1 pick. He hasn’t talked to me.”

Hurney’s defense of Newton is especially notable because he’s known to be the only remaining supporter of Jimmy Clausen in the Panthers’ building. He used the 48th overall pick on Clausen in 2010, and it’s hard to imagine Hurney signing off wholeheartedly on another quarterback at No. 1 in this year’s draft.

Our guess?

He’ll be doing it anyway.

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23 Responses to “Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney defends Cam Newton”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 1, 2011 7:56 PM

    Everyone is able to access video of Newton. That is all you need to come to the same conclusion as Nawrocki did. It isn’t Classical Physics.

  2. dgtalmn says: Apr 1, 2011 7:59 PM

    We need to archive this article so when they pick Newton it can be used to determine who was right.

  3. freddyfelder says: Apr 1, 2011 8:00 PM

    April Fools?

  4. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 1, 2011 8:05 PM

    Of course he’d defend him. Doesn’t PFT say all the time that teams can never be trusted in what they say leading up to the draft. He has to have people think they’d take him number one in case they want to trade down. You don’t talk down about something you want someone else to cover. Come on guys…

  5. vicksprman says: Apr 1, 2011 8:07 PM

    So, I wonder who these decision makers are? This is just crazy to me he writes this article without talking to Cam or his coaches or his teammates, and nobody has a problem with that or questions him but everyone jumps on Warren Moon because in his opinion a lot of this is racially driven. Wow just wow.

  6. jhorton83 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:10 PM

    The fact that the Panthers GM vocally defended Cam Newton is probably a good indication of the way they’re headed.

  7. bigd88 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:11 PM

    “My my… what a perfect opportunity for a smokescreen!” was apparently heard outside of Hurney’s office earlier today.

  8. thevikes85 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:20 PM

    If the Panthers don’t take Newton number one they obviously racist.Right Warren??

  9. stixzidinia says: Apr 1, 2011 8:24 PM

    “We have the No. 1 pick. He hasn’t talked to me.”

    Because you’re the GM of a 2-14 team. Nobody cares what you think about talent evaluation.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 1, 2011 8:27 PM

    Sorry I had a typo earlier. Should have said covet, not cover. My bad.

    Of course he’d defend him. Doesn’t PFT say all the time that teams can never be trusted in what they say leading up to the draft. He has to have people think they’d take him number one in case they want to trade down. You don’t talk down about something you want someone else to covet. Come on guys…

  11. sdot353 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:34 PM

    some of the panthers fans are down right delusional. cam newton will be a panther on april 28 and its nothing you can do about!!so get over your hate

  12. thefiesty1 says: Apr 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    If he takes Newton #1 he’ll be looking for another QB early in next years draft. But, it won’t be because of race.
    They’ve already given up on last years #2 pick. Do the Panthers realize what they need to turn the franchise into an also ran instead of a loser?

  13. skoobyfl says: Apr 1, 2011 9:09 PM

    As a Bills fan, I cried a tear of relief.

  14. seeschool says: Apr 1, 2011 9:40 PM

    “So, I wonder who these decision makers are? This is just crazy to me he writes this article without talking to Cam or his coaches or his teammates, and nobody has a problem with that or questions him but everyone jumps on Warren Moon because in his opinion a lot of this is racially driven. Wow just wow.”

    Good lord people. He has spoken to former coaches, nfl personnel men who have done their homework, ect. They will remain anonymous for OBVIOUS reasons.

  15. seeschool says: Apr 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    Hasn’t anyone on this board read an article where anonymous scouts or GM’s are quoted. Are we not smart enough to figure out why this is. Clearly no one wants to give away their true opinions on players before the draft, whether they are high or low opinions.

    Nawrocki is not going to give away his sources, but he has them. Profootballweekly is a well respected publication read by GM’s past and present. He’s not going to throw his reputation away fabricating stories about Cam Newton. This isn’t profootballtalk we’re talking about here.

  16. blkmanwtan says: Apr 1, 2011 9:45 PM

    As a Bills fan, I cried a tear of relief.

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    I never knew being in last place every year was cool.

  17. paul82461 says: Apr 1, 2011 9:53 PM

    Is Cam the only QB in the draft? I know there are at least 4 others we can talk about,or maybe some WR,TE,DE,C,DB,RB…well you get the picture.

  18. blkmanwtan says: Apr 1, 2011 10:20 PM

    Is Cam the only QB in the draft? I know there are at least 4 others we can talk about,or maybe some WR,TE,DE,C,DB,RB…well you get the picture

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    Cam brings traffic to this site

  19. henryjones20 says: Apr 2, 2011 2:13 AM

    blkmanwtan: LMAO!!! hahahaha amen!!!! PAUL82461: i agree!! lets talk about ryan mallets drug addiction instead of cam callin himself a icon!! haha oh the racist hatred!!

  20. dino2997 says: Apr 2, 2011 3:59 AM

    I’m not sure why the Panthers GM felt the need to defend Cam Newton prior to the draft but he would have been better off not saying anything.

  21. jimr10 says: Apr 2, 2011 7:44 AM

    Who is this Nawrocki. Never heard of him until this week. He ain’t no Joel Buschbaum.

  22. bingocostello says: Apr 2, 2011 7:59 AM

    put your money where your mouth is and draft him, newton and claussen will give you years of wins, won’t they?

  23. CKL says: Apr 2, 2011 8:53 AM

    I will say it again..I will be shocked if they draft a guy with huge character concerns @ #1/in the first round.
    I say they pick Dareus or trade down.

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