Cam Newton working daily with Chris Weinke

AP

No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton can’t work with the Panthers right now.  Instead, he’s getting tutored by a former Panthers quarterback who had his fair share of college success.

Chris Weinke is working with Newton for 1-2 hours a day at the IMG Institute in Bradenton, Florida, helping to “refine” Newton’s game.

Newton was in New Orleans Friday to accept the Manning Award given annually to the nation’s top college quarterback.  (Why are they still giving awards for a season that ended four months ago?)

While there, Newton talked about his workout schedule.  He says he’s sometimes at the IMG facility from 7 a.m. to 7 at night, with much of the work on conditioning.

Panthers fans would probably handpick a different quarterback coach for Newton than Weinke (Steve Beurlein?), but we’ll try to refrain from any wisecracks.  Or references to Weinke’s rough 1-15 rookie year.

Most quarterback coaches and gurus have accomplished less on the field than Weinke, and it didn’t hurt their ability to teach.

If anything, Panthers fans should be encouraged Newton appears to be doing everything he can to be ready for the season.

44 responses to “Cam Newton working daily with Chris Weinke

  1. The positive is when they go 1-15 they can draft Luck with the #1 pick next year.

  2. Weinke & Newton. Now thats a deadly combination that Ray Lewis doesn’t want to go up against….. FLMAO

  3. He says he’s sometimes at the IMG facility from 7 a.m. to 7 at night, with much of the work on conditioning.

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    Cam needs to be working on learning how to call a play in the NFL. His physical skills are fine. If he wants to be successful he’d be better off learning the Panthers playbook from top to bottom. Doing terminology tests like he’s a 5th grader about to enter the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

  4. I hope they’re teaching him plays more complicated than “Go down to the fire hydrant and turn.”

  5. Last time I checken Weinke handled that 1-15 rookie year pretty well (in character, not performance per se). That could be a great person to tell Cam first hand what he’s about to go through. Weinke is a mature, been there done that guy who if anyone remembers was smart enough to bank is baseball signing money to be a millionair even before he went back to college football. It’s not just all about football. It’s about being the complete mentor.

  6. Personally, all along the process I thought/think he was going to fail (just like the vast majority of people). Not because I WANT him to fail, I just always thought/think it because of his style of game. With that said, I don’t have any grudges or anything against him so I wish him the best and he appears to be on the right road to reach it, I’d love to be proven wrong.

  7. If Weinke can get in the NFL, and start…no one should have much to say about Tebow, Newton or anyone for that matter. He took that same lob ball he threw in college to the pros. Don’t know how much he can do for Cam, except get him to throw a lob ball.

  8. Most great athletes make poor coaches. Great coaches were usually average players. Maybe Weinke can be a great coach.

  9. Sure, conditioning, that’s the weakness in his game. Physically the guy’s a stud already. How about, “I’ve locked myself in a room with Warren Moon and Chris Weinke and they’re teaching me how to call a play and read defenses.” He needs to focus on his weaknesses not his strengths.

  10. Is it really a good idea for Newton to work with Weinke? What are they working on? How to find out early in your pro career if you suck?

  11. “…7 a.m. to 7 at night, with much of the work on conditioning.”

    That strikes me as odd, conditioning doesn’t seem like an issue for Cam.

  12. The training is titled, “How to be a complete bust, by Chris Weinke”.

    Seriously? Why not hire Ryan Leaf as a publicist, and JaMarcus Russell as your strength & conditioning coach?

  13. Working your Weinke for two hours per day will lead to blistering, and eventually, calluses. Nonetheless, it is quite an accomplishment.

  14. Wasn’t there a better guy available than Chris Weinke? Was Danny Wuerffel indisposed?

  15. Panthers fans should be extremely discouraged that Cam Newton is learning from Ex Niner QB’s of the last decade. (Weinke, Dorsey) GL with that!

  16. suite34 says:May 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    Sure, conditioning, that’s the weakness in his game. Physically the guy’s a stud already. How about, “I’ve locked myself in a room with Warren Moon and Chris Weinke and they’re teaching me how to call a play and read defenses.” He needs to focus on his weaknesses not his strengths.
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    Like you know for sure what Cam’s weakness is? Or yes I forgot, PFT told you….

    Some football fans keep showing the world that stupidity is contagious.

  17. There’s so much good material on this one…but I just won’t touch Cam Newton’s Weinke.

  18. I think Weinke could make a good coach. He is a smart QB, just lacked the tools (and weapons) needed to succeed in the NFL.

  19. Weinke was a class act in Charlotte, never had much in the way of talent but he had a very strong head for the game.

    I’d rather see Newton working with Weinke than working with no one.

  20. If this is true, at least he’s working out. There are plenty of players out there lounging around and getting arrested. I’ve been a Panther fan since day one and always will be one since I live in NC. And I’ll pull for him as long as he’s on our team. The people on here that joke him and our team are not our fans and with that being said, “F” you.

  21. There is fan perception and then there is reality.

    Weinke is a great person for Cam to be getting some reps with. He will be able to give it to him straight and you know the advice is going to be sound & smart.

  22. Newton said he’s been starting his days around 7 a.m. and often not finishing up until around 7 each night. He begins with treatment for any soreness lingering from previous workouts. HIS DAYS ALSO INCLUDE CONDITIONING and at least an hour or two of work with Weinke, a former Panther himself.

    Damn u made it sound like thats all he was doing is conditioning. Cam also studies the playbook he received with Ken Dorsey who knows Chuds’ system.

    And if it was mostly conditioning thats good too, at least he working out.

    Dude cant win for losing with you clowns.

  23. let me know when the panthers are a real team. i will be in Charlotte to watch my packers dismantle this jv group they call professional in September though. if there is a season 😦 go pack go!!

  24. carson9 says: May 13, 2011 7:14 PM

    Weinke & Newton. Now thats a deadly combination that Ray Lewis doesn’t want to go up against….. FLMAO
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    Could Ray Lewis even run down Cam Newton?

    Back to the topic; Its a shrewd move. Working with Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb is too much like media hype….better to work with someone more versed in the scheme with some background with Carolina.

  25. txchief says: May 13, 2011 7:58 PM

    Working your Weinke for two hours per day will lead to blistering, and eventually, calluses. Nonetheless, it is quite an accomplishment.
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    I thought it would make you go blind.

  26. whatswiththehate says:
    May 13, 2011 8:52 PM
    suite34 says:May 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    Sure, conditioning, that’s the weakness in his game. Physically the guy’s a stud already. How about, “I’ve locked myself in a room with Warren Moon and Chris Weinke and they’re teaching me how to call a play and read defenses.” He needs to focus on his weaknesses not his strengths.
    —————–
    Like you know for sure what Cam’s weakness is? Or yes I forgot, PFT told you….

    Some football fans keep showing the world that stupidity is contagious.
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    Anyone who watched the Gruden shows could ascertain with reasonable certainty that Newton struggled with his whiteboard session while the others didn’t. Heck Greg Little, a WR who had been out of football for a year jumped right on the whiteboard for Mariucci and extremely swiftly and smoothly drew up a play and explained all the adjustments of the eligible receivers and what the concepts were. Cam:” First I adjust by sliding towards the G and away from the center, then if I look up and the S is looking at me, I throw it.” Nothing about what the concepts were or the adjustments. Does it mean Newton CAN’T do it? No…but it does mean there’s reasonable doubt.

    As for Weinke, he was a technically sound passer who didn’t really have a “feel” for the position or the right QB mentality/personality. Doesn’t mean he won’t have valuable input though.

  27. Chris Weinke is actually a really smart guy and can at least tutor Newton in what it takes and what to expect. Probably teach him to look at film and dissect it, explain the hours involved if you want to be a success.

    Funny how some think you have to have been a great Qb to be a Qb coach. McCarthy was never a Qb (played TE in college not in NFL), but is regarded by many in the NFL as a genius Qb coach. Mike Holmgren was an 8th round pick by St. Louis and bounced around the NFL for a year, never actually played.

    Seems like those guys turned out pretty well as coaches.

  28. Coaching ability has absolutely no correlation to one’s playing career. Just look at how many head coaches have never even played a single snap in the NFL.

  29. You guys ever hear of the saying those that can do, those that can’t teach? Chris Weinke was far from a star in the league. That doesn’t mean the guy might not be a great teacher.

  30. The guy might be a great teacher, then again this could be the blind leading the blind entertainer.

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