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Jon Gruden puts Cam Newton “on the spot”

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Last year, Jon Gruden’s too-bad-he-doesn’t-bring-it-like-that-in-the-broadcast-booth style of pressing incoming rookie quarterbacks adroitly cajoled Jimmy Clausen into placing blame on one of his receivers for a play that resulted in an interception.  Mike Mayock of NFL Network concluded that the segment may have hurt Clausen’s draft stock.

This year, Gruden has exposed one of the stated concerns regarding the man widely expected to be the first pick in the draft:  Cam Newton.

In a segment from Gruden’s second annual QB Camp playing currently in the perpetual SportsCenter loop, the former Raiders and Bucs coach tries to show Newton how different an NFL offense will be from the one he ran at Auburn.

“You know, some of this verbiage in the NFL, I don’t know how it was at Auburn, but it’s — it’s long.  You’ve got the shifts, the plays, the protections, the snap count, the alert, the check-with-mes,” Gruden said, snapping his fingers after listing each element of an NFL play call.

Then Gruden rattled one off:  “I mean, flip right, double-X, Jet, 36 counter, naked waggle, X-7, X-quarter.”  As Gruden was firing off that play, Newton shook his head and smiled, as if he’d never head before anything like that, ever.

Then Gruden pounced.

“Call something at Auburn that’s a little verbal,” Gruden said, obviously knowing the answer to the question.  “What would be a little verbal?  Any recollection on that?

Newton:  “Um.”

“Gimme something,” Gruden said.  “What’s an Auburn play sound like?”

“I mean, you’re putting me on the — on the spot,” Newton said.

Having already proven his point, Gruden then gave Newton a lifeline.  “You guys don’t get in the huddle much though, right?” Gruden said.

Newton welcomed that one.  “We really don’t,” Newton said.  “And our method is ‘simplistic equals fast.’  It’s so simple as far as, you look to the sideline [and] you see 36 on the board.  And that’s a play.  And we’re off.”

“That’s awesome,” Gruden said, but presumably not using the word in the same way that, say, Chris Farley would have.

“Let me make this point, though,” Gruden said.  “The number one challenge you’re gonna have right away is the verbiage.  And just getting comfortable with what we’re calling formations, what we’re calling routes.  The alerts.  The language.  Speaking the language.  You’re gonna move to France, and you’re gonna have to speak French, pretty quick.  And that’ll be one of the big challenges immediately that you have because you haven’t been in a lot of these huddles, have you?”

The strong possibility that Newton won’t be able to begin his French lessons until September will make it harder for him to play as a rookie, regardless of where he’s drafted.  But it still looks like the team that disregarded Clausen’s flaws in 2010 — the Panthers — will take the leap of faith on Newton in 2011.

Newton very well may be able to learn the NFL terminology quickly.  That said, Gruden proved in roughly one minute of interrogation (SportsByBrooks has the segment posted if you want to see and hear it) that Newton comes to the NFL with zero knowledge or experience regarding the way that offensive plays are constructed and called.

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  1. raiderinpa says: Apr 18, 2011 8:08 AM

    Give ‘em hell Chuckie!!

  2. src3346 says: Apr 18, 2011 8:09 AM

    Stupid commentary!

  3. wawa33 says: Apr 18, 2011 8:13 AM

    “Broullion buste” means draft bust in French…

  4. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Apr 18, 2011 8:14 AM

    Why would any agent allow their guy to do that show with Gruden? Unless you have a “sleeper” QB who you hope can make a jump it, it’s a no win situation.

  5. chazk100 says: Apr 18, 2011 8:14 AM

    “naked waggle” is when coach Cullen goes to the drive thru.

  6. holydarknessva says: Apr 18, 2011 8:16 AM

    Newton is not coming to carolina he will head to buffalo at number 3 if no one trades up to take him.

  7. wvuandsteelers says: Apr 18, 2011 8:19 AM

    And this comes as a shock to who?

    This guy is Vince Young Part 2. The only thing that gives me pause (to the good) is the Michael Vick (throw out jail, etc) has somehow survived in the NFL and he is as dumb as a brick. So, maybe Newton can do the same.

  8. biggerballz says: Apr 18, 2011 8:24 AM

    sounds like a lot of work ahead of him, now the question is does he have the drive to do it or just get pain and be an icon

  9. peytonsforehead says: Apr 18, 2011 8:24 AM

    Uh oh! The emperor has no clothes! I knew it!

  10. texline1 says: Apr 18, 2011 8:26 AM

    Imagine that.

  11. giantrealist says: Apr 18, 2011 8:27 AM

    The question now should be does he have the aptitude to learn the verbiage? One would have to assume the former Blinn Junior College and Sociology major at Auburn will find it a snap ;-]

  12. tblitz25 says: Apr 18, 2011 8:31 AM

    Anyone that has watched an Auburn football game this season knows how they call plays. There are colors, images, and numbers that everyone on the field looks at to get the play. So the fact that he doesn’t use NFL terminology isn’t all that surprising and it’s certainly not to Carolina, Denver, Buffalo, Cincinnati, etc… Anyone that drafts Cam and started him Day 1 doesn’t need to be running an NFL team. McNabb (2nd) and Freeman (17th) Rodgers (24th) did just fine learning from the bench.

  13. KIR says: Apr 18, 2011 8:40 AM

    That’s a fair enough question to ask Cam. But then I’d also like to know how are the plays called for the other top QB’s in college. Are they using similar NFL verbiage? What kind of verbiage did the college teams of Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford and Joe Flaco and Matthew Stafford use?

  14. zoxitic says: Apr 18, 2011 8:44 AM

    Cam Newton going #1 has been nothing but a smokescreen to get someone to trade up. He will be falling big time. Not Clausen falling, but falling none-the-less.

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Apr 18, 2011 8:50 AM

    I agree 100% with this article. Newton can’t cut it in the NFL. He is going to be lost.

    He was also comparing himself to a gun during the meeting with Gruden. And saying something like how the doubters act as his ammunition. He really embarrassed himself.

  16. granadosm says: Apr 18, 2011 8:53 AM

    A potential no. 1 overall pick can’t even spit out a play when put on the spot.. seems like a pretty big red flag about his work ethic if you ask me

  17. blkmanwtan says: Apr 18, 2011 9:01 AM

    Every QB in the draft will have to learn a new terminology or learn a terminology (in Cam’s case). All teams do not use the same terminology.

    Since Cam isn’t familiar with football terminology, it will be easy for him to learn it because whatever team he goes to, that terminology will be his first language and not his second language.

  18. axespray says: Apr 18, 2011 9:01 AM

    Here’s my Warren Moon Impersonation:
    “Jon Gruden is a racist! I doubt Peyton Manning knows how to speak the white man’s!….errr, i mean NFL Terminology!”

  19. 11inthebox says: Apr 18, 2011 9:02 AM

    Ah, yes, the time honored tradition of making the black guy look dumb. I’m sure that plays well with this crowd!

    Gruden knows good and well that not every team uses the same, long drawn out verbiage he used in Tampa. Every team is different. But it’s good for a sound bite.

    Also, we all recall how Sam Bradford operated within the Oklahoma offense. They never huddled either. Bradford and the whole offensive unit always looked to the sideline to get the play through signals. The point is Bradford never called a play by himself. But in his first season, he did quite well. Same applies here.

  20. FinFan68 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    “Laptop, double-$, icon, 36 counter, naked waggle, X-7, red-flag, hut, hut”

  21. tatum064 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    Why in the world would Cam ever agree to do that show? Then, to add to it, Gruden’s “dress down” appeared somewhat condescending….but thats how he’s going to be critiqued… Newton has a lot to prove. After the JaMarcus Russell bust, he will have a bullseye on him the size of Tuscaloosa. it would almost be better than he drop the way Aaron Rodgers did and learn behind someone….Maybe the Steelers could take him, then trade Dennis Dixon (Niners?)

  22. Gordon says: Apr 18, 2011 9:14 AM

    I usually can’t stand listening to Chuckie, but this show is awesome. cam looked like a deer in the headlights with that question. His response was bad too.

  23. jw731 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:21 AM

    Did Newton counter with his own play…..Icon/2/Entertainer/flip right/Moon loves/me/slant/lifestyle clothing/Papa pimp/i hope to own a jet/slant/i just wanna get paid/on three?

  24. norsedrew says: Apr 18, 2011 9:32 AM

    KIR says:
    Apr 18, 2011 8:40 AM

    That’s a fair enough question to ask Cam. But then I’d also like to know how are the plays called for the other top QB’s in college. Are they using similar NFL verbiage? What kind of verbiage did the college teams of Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford and Joe Flaco and Matthew Stafford use?

    Exactly what I was going to say. Just because Newton didn’t use the “NFL” language in college doesn’t mean he is the only one.

    Auburn is a top flight college football program with a very high level coach. They were the national champions.

    What are the chances that lesser programs with coaches of less quality are teaching their QB’s the “NFL language”?

    So, even though Gruden ‘exposed’ Newton….he would have ‘exposed’ any QB in the draft this year or past years with the same line of questioning.

    The job of the QB coach in the NFL is to teach the new QB’s the “NFL language”.

    How quick Newton, Gabbert, Ponder, etc will pick up on the language is the job of the individual team scouts to figure out based on a variety of things.

    Newton may indeed be a bust in the NFL but certainly not because he hasn’t so far used the NFL language. If this is how we were to judge QB’s then almost every NFL Superbowl winning QB should have been judged a future bust before entering the draft.

    I love watching Gruden talk with the QB’s. Gruden simply wanted to instill in Newton the seriousness of the next level and the work he will need to put forth to succeed. Gruden would have and could have used the same tactic on any QB in the draft and it would have worked the same.

  25. wannabeqb says: Apr 18, 2011 9:33 AM

    If they called plays differently at Auburn he should have just said that, “Sorry Coach, but I didn’t call plays at the line. We just looked to the sideline.” Fact is, when he was asked a simple question that he didn’t know the answer to, he tried to talk his way out of answering it rather than just fess up.

    I wouldn’t draft this guy in the top 20. He’s immature, got a bad family situation around him and his offense in college was him running against players who couldn’t live with him.

  26. ggeden says: Apr 18, 2011 9:53 AM

    Haha @ Cam Newton.
    Jon Gruden with the burn.

  27. whatswiththehate says: Apr 18, 2011 9:55 AM

    11inthebox says:
    Apr 18, 2011 9:02 AM
    Ah, yes, the time honored tradition of making the black guy look dumb. I’m sure that plays well with this crowd!
    —————————
    I noticed our posting got five “thumbs down, but why should one be surprised…the responses are indicative of the mentality of these sports sites.

    The endless hate and bashing of Cam is so transparent it’s sad to see that it still exist in this time and age. And I guess if the sports media justify their attacks on this kid with the silly “self praising” stunts it’s okay.

    Judging by the usual, “we’re so much smart than them” postings I’ve seen so far, it’s a tried and true tactic that has and will always work.

    I guess they play the same old dirt game year after year around the same time to make sure the choosen QB, that’s Tom Condon’s choosen QB get off the draftboard first after all the behind the scene pay-off is done.

    You know these sports folks are creatures of habit, they will do the same BS every year if it gets them the same results, no matter how obvious bias they look.

    No one cannot say that those at PFT isn’t dong their part to help sink Cam’s stock, while PR’ing for Blaine.

    And, I’m still waiting for his Jon Gruden QB video clip with Blaine but I guess he’s friends in the media is still prepping him for it. Cause you know in these media folks world, FAKE beats real any time.

  28. ggeden says: Apr 18, 2011 9:56 AM

    jw731 says: Apr 18, 2011 9:21 AM

    Did Newton counter with his own play…..Icon/2/Entertainer/flip right/Moon loves/me/slant/lifestyle clothing/Papa pimp/i hope to own a jet/slant/i just wanna get paid/on three?

    ———-

    *Stand and applaud* top-shelf.

    God, I love the posters on this site.

  29. seanmmartin says: Apr 18, 2011 9:56 AM

    “Pay-me, pay-me, three-schools, three-years, easiest-read, toss-up, on two”

  30. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 18, 2011 9:57 AM

    The best thing that could ever happen to Cam (though he might disagree) is be taken LOW in the first round by someone (colts, pats, etc) that can let him sit for three years or so and coach him up. He is going to fail miserably if forced to play right away. I think he’d play so badly that the team would be forced to sit him with an “injury”.

  31. steeelfann says: Apr 18, 2011 10:00 AM

    What may be more bothersome is that watching him in the Championship game against Oregon, Cam Newton either choked up on simple easy throws or is just really inaccurate…or both. What worries me about him is that he throws a hard tight spiral at times, but the guys often were wide open due to his threat to run. In the NFL, that is dialed way back. The Vince Young analogy is not far off. Cam “pushed” the ball numerous times against Oregon as opposed to confidently throwing it. I would be very worried to put all my eggs in the Cam basket.

  32. genericcommenter says: Apr 18, 2011 10:04 AM

    I saw this one and the Locker and Mallett segments. Newton seemed very unprepared. I don’t really understand the point of doing this show if one isn’t minimally able to deal with questions from Gruden. Don’t the teams interview these guys? I thought that interviews were kinda a big deal. This guy never thought that showing he knew how to call at least one play or answer a single question about how he plays QB might be necessary?

    As far as “attacking the black guy” goes, I’m probably the first guy to defend someone I think is a victim of racial prejudice. This is not the case here. Gruden drilled Mallett and Locker also. He asked them tough questions. He got on Mallett pretty hard while watching film and going over sacks, testing his leadership,etc. He got on Locker for his decision making. They handled it fairly well, IMHO. The “street Caucasian” did alright speaking his mind.

    Newton.. couldn’t even get past a basic first question part of the interview. “Call a play.” Huh? Gruden put everyone else on the spot, asked them to call a play, do hard counts, fast counts,etc. Even if Newton had no plays to call ( I understand a lot of these guys don’t have coaching and game plans that prepare them for the next level) he could have said something. Instead he just came off as dumb or unprepared/didn’t care. So what was the point of being there?

  33. reticarga says: Apr 18, 2011 10:07 AM

    As if trying to become some team’s starting QB wasn’t going to be hard enough they are going to send him to France to learn french as well.

    I might not be a GM but if I was running a team I would put the french thing on hold maybe until Newton is done playing.

  34. whatswiththehate says: Apr 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    wvuandsteelers says:
    Apr 18, 2011 8:19 AM
    And this comes as a shock to who?

    This guy is Vince Young Part 2. The only thing that gives me pause (to the good) is the Michael Vick (throw out jail, etc) has somehow survived in the NFL and he is as dumb as a brick. So, maybe Newton can do the same.
    ———————————–
    So I guess when a kid is way to talented but he’s not the sports media’s “darling QB” and you just happen to be black, why not pull out the usual blacks aren’t that “intelligent” card. Sad that in time age that stunt still works, but they still do…Is that a good thing?

  35. blackdb says: Apr 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    poor job of prepping him by his people i know that cant be the first time he has discussed that in combine interviews etc. i think his agent should have let him do it but prep him up better. it is not his fault he does not know nfl terminology not many will coming out of college….just don’t try to explain it just admit i know i have a lot to learn

  36. armchairgm9 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:19 AM

    The Panthers WILL NOT draft a QB no. 1 overall. Ron Rivera is a defensive coach, you have a defensive minded GM, and the Panthers were best when their defense was good. They won’t be able to trade down, so they’ll take Dareus or another stud front-7 guy.

  37. mhs8031 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:21 AM

    Please tell me that this did not come out in team interviews. I don’t see the Panthers taking him. Mark it down.

  38. abninf says: Apr 18, 2011 10:22 AM

    Newton isn’t concerned with terminology. His main focus is how big that first check will be and when he should start recording his rap record.

  39. airraid77 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:36 AM

    Why would you not want your guy in front of a guy like gruden? Those of you who want to know what goes on in those interviews at night in indy? that is just a small taste of it. You want to know why a team drafts a qb in the 4th round? thats why…..you want to know why your teams passed on qb x? thats why….

  40. airraid77 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    and he just took cam newton out of the picture in cincinnati…..Jon is looking out for his bro!

  41. airraid77 says: Apr 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    whatswiththehate,
    the only people who are hating are the ones asking the question that coincidentally is also your screen name.. Just be honest with yourself FOR ONCE. STOP BLAMING EVERYBODY ELSE.
    THE GOOD NEW FOR YOUR KIND? IS SOMEBODY will draft him and probably in the top 10 thinking they can save him or help him.
    With people like you running around screaming race at every corner, he is so dumb he will believe you and blame the team for his failures.

  42. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2011 11:04 AM

    Completely unnecessary for Cam to set through that. I’m sure the teams thinking of taking him will discount anything Gruden has to say. Waste of time.

  43. lgbarn says: Apr 18, 2011 11:20 AM

    As a black man, I’ve seen racism up close and personal and this ‘aint it. Jon likes well prepared QBs with thick skin. Jon does this to EVERY QB he has ever coached and that includes Brad Johnson who won a trophy for him.

    In my opinion, this is the best thing that could happen to Cam Newton. He should be hitting the film room and let his play do the talking.

  44. seven2k says: Apr 18, 2011 11:24 AM

    Gruden threw him a bone and called a quarterback keeper play…come on cam at least try to answer. I didnt play at your level and still have a clue of what the play may be.

  45. loytomaki says: Apr 18, 2011 11:38 AM

    This should not be a surprise for teams at all, but show this clip to enough fans in Carolina and maybe they won’t cry so hard for him to start in his Rookie season. His physical ability might still cause Carolina to take him number one, with an eye at him starting year 3.

    Some fans tend to have a “He can’t learn on the bench, start him since we are loosing anyway” mentality. Then if the QB is not ready, and sucks, they want to replace them in their second year and call him a bust. (Jimmy Clausen anyone?)

    Anytime fans clamor for Cam to start year one they should be shown this footage and reminded that he will need time.

  46. dcbronco says: Apr 18, 2011 11:48 AM

    I agree with Blackdb. His people did a poor job of preparing him for Gruden. And by his people I don’t mean black people. He should have been ready for that question. The fact that Gruden had to bring up the way Auburns plays worked instead of him shows Newton’s real problem moving forward.

    Newton may have the physical skills and the ability to mentally adjust to the NFL playbook and terminology. What I don’t believe he will be able to do is adjust to responsibility. A guy in his position as the potential number one was given an opportunity to prep for this interview. But Cam seems to have it in his head that he has already made it and nothing else matters. He is more interested in being an icon.

    So that interview will do one of two things. He will be embarrassed and start to put in effort from here out. Or he will do nothing, get drafted early, collect a huge check, flounder for years in the league and maybe finally “get it” around 30 years old. If he last that long.

  47. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 12:00 PM

    If you get flummoxed by a dope like Gruden, you should just take that “gun” and turn it on yourself. Cause there is no hope.

  48. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 12:02 PM

    This is all just ammunition for Cam’s “gun”. Now he will be able to graduate from sneak thief to armed robber.

  49. hobartbaker says: Apr 18, 2011 12:04 PM

    Gruden gave Newt more “ammunition”. He then loaded up the gun and stuck it in the waistband of his track pants.

  50. stonedwhitetrash says: Apr 18, 2011 12:08 PM

    Cam WHO???

  51. 11inthebox says: Apr 18, 2011 12:20 PM

    @lgbarn, who says: As a black man, I’ve seen racism up close and personal and this ‘aint it. Jon likes well prepared QBs with thick skin. Jon does this to EVERY QB he has ever coached and that includes Brad Johnson who won a trophy for him.

    In my opinion, this is the best thing that could happen to Cam Newton. He should be hitting the film room and let his play do the talking.
    ————————————-
    Hmm..now why do I think you’re lying?

    Probably because this story has nothing to do with film study or this young man’s desire. It has to do with transitioning from college to pro and the “verbiage” that some teams employ.

  52. droksid says: Apr 18, 2011 12:23 PM

    I can’t believe the racism being spewed at Cam Newton.

    It’s the same racism Tebow had to go through last year.

    Everytime there’s a black QB you guys have to pick him apart and drag his name through the mud. First Tebow and now Newton?

    Stop this circle of hate.

    …What do you mean Tebow is white? Well, hell, that kind of refutes my racism comment. You mean maybe we’re just skeptical of hyped athletes regardless of skin color?!

    Nah. I’m just going to go with racism. It’s easier.

  53. forthelove says: Apr 18, 2011 1:10 PM

    How about an article on Gabbert looking like a scared turtle when Gruden was calling him out for lack of experience under center and for not getting out of center quick enough in his Pro Day film.

  54. lgbarn says: Apr 18, 2011 1:54 PM

    11inthebox==0inthehead

    What part of my statement would you consider a lie? I am black and have been around racists people of all colors and walks of life. I spent 6 years in the Navy and traveled the world. On top of that, I live in the Tampa area and root for the Bucs. You have no idea what you are talking about.

    This is all about film study because that is what Cam will need to make it in the NFL. Up to this point, he has gotten by on physical abilities and that won’t work in the NFL. I counsel my own son and nieces and nephews to study their craft like you are one step from living on the street.

  55. deeowens11 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:21 PM

    News flash! Alert! Black dude here, live, reporting that this is not racism! (And no, I didn’t go to Duke, Jalen Rose).

    If you actually watched it, you could see that Cam made himself look terrible. It felt like being slimed. He’s kind of a creepy dude.

    He had his guys that helped him during the drills huddle up and break on “Swag”, and that approach may very well work with college kids, but I doubt a professional grown man will want their leader hollering “Swag” to get everyone hyped.

    Also, I noticed that he had his initials embroidered on the cuffs of his dress shirt. Really? Are you Gordon Gecko or a football player Cam?

    Unfortunately, unlike other racial groups, the actions of one black person often spurs a reaction from other racial groups to say “You see how THEY are…”. Mr. Newton seems to be unaware or oblivious to this label and is not doing much to dispel any stereotypes. He should know better. It sucks, but we always have to work harder and be more conscious of our actions than other races do because of the racist out there waiting to pounce.

  56. CKL says: Apr 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    Why is it that anytime a black person calls out another black person who disagrees that something is racist it seems that there’s always a black person who feels that person is either lying about being black (hi 11inthebox!) or basically calls him an “Uncle Tom”. Are black people not allowed to disagree with other black people who think racism is present in everything without being called names??? That’s pretty racist IMO…thinking that all people of a certain race have to agree about everything having to do with their race because they are a certain race.

    I agree that Gruden was tough on all the QBs I have ever seen doing that show with him. Some handled it better than others. Clausen’s handling of his interview with Gruden rubbed me the wrong way also and only increased the disdain I have for him. Being that Clausen appeared to have some issues with getting along with guys in Carolina (SS comes to mind) I would say that to date, the impression I got in that interview has proven valid. And I do seem to recall concerns with Bradford since he never called real plays either, just looked to the sidelines.

    QBS more than any other position have to have poise under fire and have a good/reasonable answer even when they are put in an unfamiliar situation. Even though Newton hasn’t actually called plays I will be curious to see what he did when he was put on the board when I see the entire show on Tues. Newton will get his chance to prove the doubters wrong just as Bradford did. What he does with that opportunity is entirely up to him.

  57. jebdamone says: Apr 18, 2011 3:24 PM

    haven’t watched the newton bit yet but all of the other QB camp participants that i have seen were torn up pretty good by chucky. every one of them has had to call a play out, show they can read defenses and make audibles and go through a plays complexities on the whiteboard. none that i have seen had many problems with it. this is absolutely alarming to me that newton could not even call out a play, unless i am missing something, that is pathetic. if he can’t even be prepared for a (mostly) friendly session with chucky, do we really think he is going to prepare himself for the NFL?

  58. cesquire says: Apr 18, 2011 3:34 PM

    Some of you guys are jumping to conclusions, rather nasty ones too, without seeing the interviews Gruden had with other quarterbacks. It says right in the above article that Gruden’s interview last year was hard enough on Clausen that it dropped his spot in the draft.

    Watch the interview with Mallett, he has Mallett go to the board and draw up a play along with it’s progressions, which seems a lot harder than calling out a play. What made the difference with Mallett was that he had Bobby Petrino as a coach.

  59. jebdamone says: Apr 18, 2011 3:41 PM

    reticarga says:
    Apr 18, 2011 10:07 AM
    As if trying to become some team’s starting QB wasn’t going to be hard enough they are going to send him to France to learn french as well.

    I might not be a GM but if I was running a team I would put the french thing on hold maybe until Newton is done playing.

    ———————————————————-
    god i hope you’re kidding and not really that stupid.

  60. tv426 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:43 PM

    And this is a surprise? Really? People who know NFL football have been saying for months that this kid doesn’t have it. I think this proves it pretty well.

    As to Au? WTH??? 36 and 11 are plays? Really? Why not “banana” and “apple”?

  61. dcbronco says: Apr 18, 2011 4:41 PM

    Anyone calling racism on this has got to be kidding. They obviously didn’t see the full Colt McCoy interview from the last time. Which was also the funniest. The way Colt reacted when Gruden got on him was priceless. And exactly how you want a guy to react.

    Hounwt, hounwt hounwt.

  62. 11inthebox says: Apr 18, 2011 5:08 PM

    @lgbarn:

    For the record, I still think you’re lying.

    But more to the point. Neither this story or this discussion are about film study. This is about the ‘verbiage’ of play calling. This isn’t about Newton’s working hard or his desire. It’s about the ‘verbiage.’ This is what I addressed.

    @CKL: black people are always free to disagree with each other. It proves the point that not all black people are the same. Disagreements are are part of life. I’m sure you have many black friends. And you remain close to them even when they discuss issues of racism that you don’t agree with, right?

  63. lgbarn says: Apr 18, 2011 5:45 PM

    11inthebox says:
    Apr 18, 2011 5:08 PM
    @lgbarn:

    For the record, I still think you’re lying.
    ——————————————-

    You still haven’t said what I’m lying about. You have just spouted BS all over the place without really knowing what you are talking about.

    That’s the thing with keyboard warriors, they type things that make no sense and feel really good about themselves.

  64. zn0rseman says: Apr 18, 2011 6:56 PM

    Maybe if people stopped defending black people who deserve criticism, and instead only reserved defense for guys who really don’t deserve criticism, it would help black athletes and leaders to become accountable for bad decisions. Until more blacks start holding each other accountable, like other races do, they will continue to be plagued by bad leaders (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, ect.) and bad examples (Micheal Vick, Vince Young, ect.).

    Also, right now, all of these guys crying racism and defending Cam Newton (who clearly has earned all of the criticism he’s getting ten times over) sound themselves like big time racists… who are only defending guys like Cam Newton and Micheal Vick because they’re black. It’s certainly not because they actually deserve defending.

  65. byrmcph says: Apr 18, 2011 11:43 PM

    @znorseman

    No one defending newton because he’s black…the people are coming to his defense because of racist pieces of crap like you and a plenty of other turds on here. All of this negativity forces people to defend this kid. You white people always like to bring up race and JJ and AS. Nobody cares about them. I’m defending Newton because I was a college kid that did some crazythings while in school as many many other people. The man play on the field spoke for itself, man took a team that started the season ranked 22 and won a NC. Half of you clowns probably never watched the man play.

    As for Mike Vick , he paid his dues GTFOI

  66. vinster4983 says: Apr 19, 2011 7:24 AM

    I am tired of all the Cam Newton is unfairly treated because he is black. Newton has earned the flack, like Ryan Mallet (who is white). Gruden was clearly pointing out to Newton, NFL is not College and Terminology is very different, a key thing. It’s more telling of Newton’s willingness to adjust.

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