Jon Gruden gushes about Cam Newton

AP

The man who loves everything and everyone (at least when the cameras and microphones are on) has extended his love to Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

Former NFL coach Jon Gruden, who now works as an analyst on Monday Night Football, worked out Newton on Friday in conjunction with Gruden’s second annual in-depth visit with the top quarterback prospects.

I think Cam Newton’s the best player in the country,” Gruden told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune.  “I agree with the Heisman Trophy people that gave him the award.  He’s got everything I’m looking for.”

And it remains clear that it’s only a matter of time before Gruden once again is working for an NFL team.

“I miss coaching, but this is as close as it gets,” Gruden said.  “We’ve had most of the top quarterback prospects here in the last few weeks.  There are three juniors, Newton, [Blaine] Gabbert and [Ryan] Mallett, who, if they had stayed in school, may be a little more polished, but these are physically talented people.  I think Andy Dalton and Jake Locker have some real upside as well.”

Newton appreciated the chance to work with Gruden.  “It was fun being in this type of environment,” Newton said.  “Having a chance to work out in Tampa, both physically and mentally, was great.  We had an excellent time in the morning, going over some film, and I learned a lot.  Working with Coach Gruden went far beyond my expectations.  Just to meet the guy speaks volumes about his character and how much he expects out of anybody that comes into his coaching clinic.”

Newton remains pragmatic about the draft process that will unfold in 19 days.  “To some degree, I’d like to go No. 1,” Newton said.  “The most important thing is to come out each day and get better.  That’s what I can control. . . .  I can’t control where I get picked.”

Many continue to think he will indeed be the first player picked.  If he isn’t, he won’t slide very far.

48 responses to “Jon Gruden gushes about Cam Newton

  1. HA, now that Gruden is out of coaching he loves a young college QB. Chuckie, still as inconsistent and stupid as you were in Tampa.

  2. It amazes me how “Scam” Newton has all of these supposed “experts” fooled.

    On the plus side it makes it easier for Carolina to draft him and clear the way for Denver to take the best defensive talent.

  3. Gruden gushes about EVERYBODY. Sooner or later we’ll see this guy in an NFL game and we can all draw our own conclusions.

  4. Its only a matter of time before Gruden comes up with a retarded catch phrase or nic name for him…

  5. Gruden gushes about publicity and the easiest way to get that right now is to talk about Cam Newton

  6. He gushes about everybody…..until he gets them on his team. Then they get benched for 30-something has-beens because Gruden hates having to wait for young QB’s to develop. He has said it publicly hundreds of times, which makes him a walking contradiction.

    Love the guy in front of the cameras, but he’s not a good coach because his ego gets in the way of his better judgement. I cringe at the thought of him coaching my Giants.

  7. I wonder why Gruden focused on newton impressing him with football and his personality instead of his fake smile and fake personality?

    Somebody better call Gabbert’s agent to tell him that Gruden didn’t go along with the smear campaign to continue to prop up his mediocre client. heads are going to roll.

  8. Sure he deserved the award. But Vince Young II is going to disappoint whichever team drafts him

  9. broncfanor says: Apr 9, 2011 10:48 AM It amazes me how “Scam” Newton has all of these supposed “experts” fooled. On the plus side it makes it easier for Carolina to draft him and clear the way for Denver to take the best defensive talent.

    Its funny how a couch potato draft expert thinks he knows how a young mans career will turn out. #everylamewithinternetthinksheknowseverything

  10. Chucky has some holes in his evaluation game….he loves every guy in a jock!
    That’s why he’s in the booth now.
    Telling him to pick a player is like sending a 6 year old to the candy store with $5….everything is exactly what they want!

  11. I don’t doubt that Newton is physically gifted. It will be on whoever drafts him to get him the best possible QB and life coach to really bring out his skill set. The bigger issues seem to be about character. Teams just don’t know what personality they will get. Will they get the driven guy who went down to junior college to work his way back to national prominence or will they get Terrel Owens. I hope he pans out. I just think it would be in his best interest to choose his new friends wisely.

  12. no love for chrisitian ponder?? im not saying he should go in the first round, but i think he deserves to be up there with locker and dalton…

  13. There is nothing else worthy of talking about since no was arrested yesterday, no football contract signed, so well there is always Cam Newton.

  14. The media has learned, as they did with Tebow, that if you mention CAM NEWTON it sells. Why? Because as many people want to see him fail as want to see him succeed. If you are a Panther fan or are picking near the top, you either love him or fear him. Either way, they are the two strongest emotions. Remember that the press is hounding people about Newton and then writing articles that suggest everyone is talking about Newton. They are creating their own story.

  15. Gruden. Please. On Monday night football he gushes over everyone. he sounds like he’s never seen a football game or a professional athlete before.

    If there really was a God, he’d make sure ESPN fired Gruden.

    Gruden is a horrible judge of talent.

  16. It seems like all I hear about Cam Newton is his physical ability and his up-side. But I haven’t heard anything good about his accuracy, about how he works in the pocket, and about how he ran 264/544 total plays.

    People are RAVING about Cam Newtons intangibles, but what I don’t hear them raving about is his ability to throw the ball in the pocket.

    I know that the Panthers need a franchise QB, and if they can teach Cam Newton, I think he’d be a stud, but the fact is I don’t think they will, because he probably doesn’t have the desire to be one, he’s too worried about being an “icon” this probably sounds crazy, but if I were the Panthers I would go Dareus or Peterson, they’re both going to be studs, and they could really use Peterson to help stop Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Josh Freeman

  17. How can anybody believe anything Gruden says?

    He loves every player on MNF, he loves every QB over 30, doesn’t like rookies (track record) and throws his own players under the bus.

    He does speaketh with forked tongue.

  18. The upside on Andy Dalton is right on. Someone is going to get a steal. Cam will be better than what a lot of teams have now but is not the Messiah that some think. Locker will be another also ran.

  19. I feel bad for this kid…he’s about to enter into NFL slavery…I hear the plan is to grow cotton on the sidelines this season and have the players pick it at half time..

  20. gargoyle10 says:
    Apr 9, 2011 11:25 AM
    Cam Newton said: “Just to meet the guy speaks volumes about his character…”

    Oh my. God help the team that drafts this poor soul!”
    ——————————–
    He’s a lot more shrewd than folks like you even realize…You’re to busy being all levels of shallow, when it comes to Cam, I guess.
    ——————–
    realfootballfan says:
    Apr 9, 2011 11:13 AM
    “I wonder why Gruden focused on newton impressing him with football and his personality instead of his fake smile and fake personality?

    Somebody better call Gabbert’s agent to tell him that Gruden didn’t go along with the smear campaign to continue to prop up his mediocre client. heads are going to roll.”
    —————————-
    I was thinking the same thing also. That’s why this was posted on the Weekend instead of a week-day. It will be lost by Monday…lol..But we know it’s these folks in the media who are pushing the preceived distrust and cynicsm against Cam so folks will automatically prefer Blaine..

    I can’t wait for Nolan to Actually MEET Cam and change his tune. At lease he already covered his behind by admitting he never met Can and blamed his so called “sources” for his catty write-up on Cam.

    Also, what I’ve found extremely disturbing since I’ve started researching Cam, is that way too many actually hate him hate him because it’s easier to project their misguided anger towards him than be mad or disappointed at their favorites for not doing as much to help themselves.. That desire to tear down Cam so they can feel better about their own is really sad.

  21. Tim Tebust
    Scam Newton

    Chucky is an alright commentator but a horrible judge of talent.

  22. packerfan12 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:46 PM It seems like all I hear about Cam Newton is his physical ability and his up-side. But I haven’t heard anything good about his accuracy, about how he works in the pocket, and about how he ran 264/544 total plays. People are RAVING about Cam Newtons intangibles, but what I don’t hear them raving about is his ability to throw the ball in the pocket. I know that the Panthers need a franchise QB, and if they can teach Cam Newton, I think he’d be a stud, but the fact is I don’t think they will, because he probably doesn’t have the desire to be one, he’s too worried about being an “icon” this probably sounds crazy, but if I were the Panthers I would go Dareus or Peterson, they’re both going to be studs, and they could really use Peterson to help stop Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Josh Freeman

    Despite some who question or refuse to celebrate Newton’s accuracy the facts are 66.1% completions / 2,854 passing yards / 30 TD passes / 7 interceptions. This in the conference with the most athletic Defensive backs in the country! Keep in mind that none of his receivers were an NFL draft prospects. Gabbert, who many have rated higher had 3186 yrds passing / 16 TD passes/ and 9
    interceptions/ 63% completions. If you ignore the TD’s the numbers are comparable (advantage Newton) but who ignores Touch Downs!? Newton was clearly a more productive passer! Don’t rely on the media and especially the ignorant PFT commentators to help form your opinions of players. The stats are available! Number don’t mean you’ll succeed in the NFL but they show what you did where you played and if you sucked in college you’ll suck in the NFL. Cam Dominated at the College level in the SEC……

  23. Tighten up, Chucky..
    Men shouldn’t “gush”… :mrgreen:

    Newton’s character issues will be his downfall, sooner rather than later. Cheating and stealing at UF, pay-for-play etc.

  24. the7thpolymath, I am glad you took interest in my comment, but I didn’t say Cam Newton wasn’t good in college, as far as being an NFL prospect goes, I have a lot of questions. I watched him play in a lot of games and he clearly relies on his feet, has poor pocket presence, and has not run a pro-style offense. He’s going to one of the worst teams in football, in one of the better divisions. Was Cam good in college? Yes, did he play at the highest level in college? yes, but the NFL is a whole different deal. To me you shouldn’t be guessing on the #1 pick, and I think there are too many questions surrounding what he does and how it translates into the NFL.

    (and as far as taking the opinions from PFT commentators, I actually watch the games, and know that there is a different intensity between the college level and the pros).

  25. Also, what I’ve found extremely disturbing since I’ve started researching Cam, is that way too many actually hate him hate him because it’s easier to project their misguided anger towards him than be mad or disappointed at their favorites for not doing as much to help themselves.. That desire to tear down Cam so they can feel better about their own is really sad.

    This penny ante psychoanalysis is worth less than what I paid for it, which is nothing.

    People hate braggarts, even if these braggarts can put their money where their mouths are. Newton is someone who has a ridiculous perception of himself and he puts the game last on his list of “important things to accomplish”. This is not hate, despite your childish designation of anyone who criticizes him, but more an accurate assessment of someone with a narcissistic personality.

  26. Gushes?

    Let’s leave the word “gushes” for dam breaks, neck wounds and a very specific type of porno.

  27. Gruden also gushed over Aaron Rodgers…. and proceeded to draft Carnell Williams.

    After years of suffering thru mediocre QB play, all i have to say is Thank God for Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman!!!

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