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Working with Weinke, Cam Newton learns 90 percent of the Panthers’ offense

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Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, continues to put in the time that some thought he’d never devote to his football career.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that, while working with former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke at IMG Academies, Newton has learned 90 percent of the team’s playbook.

Weink and Newton are attempting to simulate what Newton would be doing if he were working out in Charlotte under the supervision of the team’s coaching staff.  “He wants to be great,” Weinke told Person.

Newton has been throwing to Giants WR Michael Clayton, Browns TE Alex Smith, Detroit rookie WR Titus Young, along with some small-college receivers.  Assisting Weinke is former NFL quarterback Ken Dorsey, who is familiar with new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski’s attack.

Though it remains to be seen whether the effort has any correlation to the actual coaching Newton will receive, the fact that he’s working so hard to prepare suggests that hard work will be a staple of his NFL career.  And that’s good news for the Panthers.

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49 Responses to “Working with Weinke, Cam Newton learns 90 percent of the Panthers’ offense”
  1. dawkinseffect says: Jul 2, 2011 6:31 PM

    so Newton’s NFL future depends on the “expert” teachings of Weinke and Dorsey? God this is going to be fun to watch

  2. airraid77 says: Jul 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    yes finally diversity will be here…oh wait we said that in jan of 09…still not here…….

  3. rcunningham says: Jul 2, 2011 6:45 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Jul 2, 2011 6:31 PM
    so Newton’s NFL future depends on the “expert” teachings of Weinke and Dorsey? God this is going to be fun to watch

    The best coaches weren’t always the best players. Phil Jackson was a bench role player when he was in the NBA, Wayne Gretzky flopped as a head coach, Bart Starr arguably set the Packers back a decade as head coach, and Michael Jordan hasn’t proven himself to be the best judge of talent.

    Don’t be so quick to judge.

  4. semperfi24 says: Jul 2, 2011 6:46 PM

    So that Panthers only have 10 plays in the playbook???

  5. dawkinseffect says: Jul 2, 2011 6:54 PM

    @rcunningham

    that is true, kinda like LB Matt Millen, 4 time superbowl champion, destroyer of the lions.

  6. maddenboy says: Jul 2, 2011 7:00 PM

    Kind of like how Travis Henry “learned” to wear protection, after the 3rd baby.

    Taught and “learned” are strangely different.

  7. Deb says: Jul 2, 2011 7:04 PM

    I’m punchy today. Can’t help wanting to make a Congressman Weiner joke. Weinke … Weiner … Newton. Must be a joke in there somewhere, but I’m too lazy to find it. Anyone else want to try?

  8. rcunningham says: Jul 2, 2011 7:07 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Jul 2, 2011 6:54 PM
    @rcunningham

    that is true, kinda like LB Matt Millen, 4 time superbowl champion, destroyer of the lions.

    Now you’re getting it!

    The sad part is Millen had absolutely ZERO experience in any coaching or managing capacity.

  9. kegowhisky says: Jul 2, 2011 7:09 PM

    Team Newton and the resulting media storm have made me leery since day one. We won’t know what the product is until he spends a season on the field, and we’re at least a year away from that. Call me later.

  10. thespeaker08 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:20 PM

    Just another way Clausen has been screwed (or screwed himself?). He wasn’t given an ounce of support from anyone and he actually could talk to his coaches.

    A year later, Newton’s team CAN’T speak to him but he’s still finding ways to be helped.

  11. airraid77 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:22 PM

    The sad part is Millen had absolutely ZERO experience in any coaching or managing capacity.
    sort of like our fearless leader.

  12. apdaddy77 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:25 PM

    Quarterback lessons from weinke, thats like getting lessons on box eating from elton john.

  13. dolphins1121 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:35 PM

    @semperfi24

    I would have given your post a thumbs up, if only you hadn’t been so lazy with your god-awful grammar…

  14. dolphins1121 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:36 PM

    And then I go and use a run-on sentence…… Dammit

  15. herlies says: Jul 2, 2011 7:36 PM

    Just call play 37.

  16. jaypace says: Jul 2, 2011 7:54 PM

    Throwing passes to Michael Clayton which he most assuredly dropped. Learning from a marginal qb at best, I would think they would look for better help.

  17. stairwayto7 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:56 PM

    Hand off left
    Handoff right
    Pass imcomplete or Pass int!
    There you go Scam Newton!

  18. famousp22 says: Jul 2, 2011 7:59 PM

    @ semperfi24

    I would expect a comment like that from a Marine!

  19. kepickle says: Jul 2, 2011 8:03 PM

    some Players make better coachs than Players lets hope this is the case for Weinke

  20. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 2, 2011 8:06 PM

    The other 10% must be the plays they always called when Weinke was behind center.

  21. Spencer says: Jul 2, 2011 8:07 PM

    Another day, another fawning Cam Newton article.

  22. jbpanthers says: Jul 2, 2011 8:38 PM

    @dawkinseffect Name a QB coach that has been successful in the NFL? That’s right you can’t. I’ve never seen so much hate towards a QB that hasn’t even had a NFL Career, Newton has been doing all the right things since the draft.

  23. Soulman45 says: Jul 2, 2011 9:11 PM

    You do not need to be a HOF’er to teach as lontg as he is trying he will improve that is more than I though.
    I am sorry I seen so little in him.

  24. packerfan12 says: Jul 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    I hear that Cam’s learned all the plays that start off with him in the pocket, and then two seconds later gets out and takes off running….

  25. lostsok says: Jul 2, 2011 9:30 PM

    Sorry…you can’t teach character. And if there’s any one constant to Scam, when the going gets tough…he gets going.

  26. FinFan68 says: Jul 2, 2011 9:32 PM

    So far, he’s learned plays apple, orange, grapefruit, watermelon, tangerine, cherry, strawberry, blueberry and banana.

  27. Deb says: Jul 2, 2011 9:35 PM

    Ouch. Guess not :lol:

  28. rascalmanny says: Jul 2, 2011 9:36 PM

    So will BSPN–the world wide bleeder of news, kiss Cams’ backside 24/7 like they did Lebron?

  29. whatswiththehate says: Jul 2, 2011 9:44 PM

    “continues to put in the time that some thought he’d never devote to his football career.”
    —————–
    And what gave you that “thought” Mike because you was one of those “some?” There is nothing in this kid’s pass to prove he was nothing but hardworking.

    Oh yes I keep forgetting, you guys in the sports media knew him so well that only what you said mattered regardless of what those who actually worked and played with him said. That level of arrogance is mind boggling.

  30. denverhighrize says: Jul 2, 2011 9:44 PM

    Now Cam knows how to hit .200 in the minors.

  31. returnofmeezle says: Jul 2, 2011 10:02 PM

    After seeing the look on Newtons face when he was drafted and boo’d, if he isn’t successful it won’t be from a lack of effort and preparation.

    I am far from a Panthers fan, but I look forward to him proving a lot of people wrong, eventually.

  32. peester15 says: Jul 2, 2011 10:03 PM

    Who cares!! Did the U.S.A. world cup women win today?!?!!!!

  33. stugie says: Jul 2, 2011 10:38 PM

    Why all the optimism? So he’s working hard!! Is that going to translate into wins when he has an NFL defense running after him. I’m not sold on him, however, I am going to wait till a real game is played before I say he is a bust. That being said those of you who are sold on him need to wait till game day to declare he is real deal.

  34. mdnittlion says: Jul 2, 2011 10:45 PM

    Weinke and Dorsey that really isn’t a bad crowd to hang with if you’re still in college a National Championship and a Heisman. As for pro careers I’m not so sure if I would have gone with those guys. But there are tons of examples of decent players becoming good coaches: Bill Cowher, Dick LeBeau, Dick Vermeil.

    The thing I find the funnest about this article is the idea that anyone really needs to know the Panthers playbook, especially after the last two seasons they didn’t make the playoffs and the stats that the QB’s put up. The playbook either reads INT or fumble how hard can that be?

  35. stonedwhitetrash says: Jul 2, 2011 11:19 PM

    That should shut everyone up. All a person has to do is look at any of his pictures and tell that this man is of the highest intellect

  36. jvillenole says: Jul 3, 2011 1:23 AM

    Chris Weinke can play the game……so can Charlie Ward………

    signed “John Heismann”

  37. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 3, 2011 1:45 AM

    I bet jimmy clausen can’t wait to get out of there. That team is terrible. But oh wait, they got Shockey!!!!! look out NFC south.

  38. minnysoda says: Jul 3, 2011 5:10 AM

    Weinke + Ponder+Newton = NFC Championship Game Starting QB’s …..yeah right
    Newton a Guy that couldn’t remember a play when Gruden asked him for one already knows 90% of the Panthers Offense That says alot right there.

  39. bucfandango says: Jul 3, 2011 5:43 AM

    @ semperfi24

    Semper Fi.

    I was trying to make it work at 3 plays but my math is worse than Cam’s.

  40. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 3, 2011 7:50 AM

    there is gonna be some crow eatin goin on.

    i just cant understand how so many are quick to dismiss his potential to be a great qb in the NFL. If you question his talent, you must be a student of Matt Millen’s school of talent evaluation. if you question his work ethic, what do you base it on? all the controversy surrounding this guy is about a stolen laptop, academic issues, and shopping his athletic services. what does ANY of that have to do with his ability to read a defense and make good throws or his willingness to put in the work to be great? get off your high horses and give the kid a chance. he didnt kill anyone (or ask anyone to be killed) to go to auburn. he took money, like MANY have done before him, like MANY are doing now, and like MANY will do in the future. the ncaa is a farce and a diseased system that will NEVER work as it is currently run. i’m willing to bet that MANY current NFL players took money, benefits, etc. in college and have gone on to be outstanding/great pros.

  41. thetooloftools says: Jul 3, 2011 8:29 AM

    they HAVE to be paying him. this stripper doesn’t get anywhere near the pole without getting cash from someone.

  42. bcgreg says: Jul 3, 2011 8:43 AM

    This is a tough one to grasp. On one hand it’s great that Newton is putting in the time disproving some doubters about his work ethic with guys who know his OCs offense. On the other hand, who’s to say they’re teaching him it correctly (Chudzinski could have thrown wrinkles into his offense since Dorsey and Weinke ran it that they don’t know–offenses constantly evolve) unless Dorsey and Weinke are conferring with Chudzinski. I’d assume that since Dorsey and Weinke are out of the league that they can have contact with the coaches. I’d also assume that the Panthers wouldn’t want anyone unaffiliated with the team teaching their # 1 pick the offense for fear they would teach it incorrectly. From this, I can only infer that Dorsey and Weinke are in fact in contact with the team or Chudzinski some way to ensure that they are teaching Newton exactly what the Panthers want Newton to learn. If this is the case, then doesn’t this sort of violate the “no contact with coaches” edict? Also, Newton’s being tudored by Dorsey and Weinke–not exactly accomplished NFLers.

  43. blkmanwtan says: Jul 3, 2011 9:24 AM

    Cam Newton didn’t remember a play at Auburn? Either you are saying that Cam Newton doesn’t need a coach or the opposing defenses sucked.

    Does it make Tom Brady or Peyton Manning stupid because they do not know Jon Gruden’s verbiage? Many SEC schools use a number system to call their plays, it is a better and quicker way to communicate because it eliminates confusion.

    I am glad that Cam Newton is putting in the work, and he is also doing it without a contract. I know it is hurting you guys that he is not making the same mistakes like young Vick and Jamarcus Russell. What a sad world.

  44. tatmanfish says: Jul 3, 2011 9:42 AM

    90%….does anyone else think its absurd? The kid had one of the most simple offenses in college and now he knows every route progression of 90% of an NFL playbook in just a few months. This is something 2-4 year vetran QBs are still learning and working on.

    He comes acroos as being so intelligent, why wouldnt anyone question this. Im not rooting for him to fail, but to think he could legitimately know 90% of the playbook is asinine.

    When the season starts and hes not making proper reads(like all rookies do) what will be the excuse if he knows the entire playbook?

  45. vezzini says: Jul 3, 2011 10:02 AM

    @semperfi24 – Local media outlets are reporting that Chud’s playbook, the one handed out during the brief period of permitted player contact, is 900+ plays.

    Chud has a reputation of using an “insanely complex offense.”

  46. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 3, 2011 10:58 AM

    First, if I’m Newton, I’m not revealing my team’s play calls to anyone. The same people on this board calling him out for character issues are the same ones that have forgiven otehr players, who did a whole lot more than misdeameanor theft. (Not counting sins of the father, here)

    I met the guy and spent about 5-10 mins with him. I didn’t see one moment of anything that crossed a line from confidence to arrogance. Now granted that’s not a lot of time, but the guy was funny, self-effacing and appreciative. He’s got personality that’ll win over a locker room. I’m unsure why there are so many haters out there.

  47. CKL says: Jul 3, 2011 11:01 AM

    blkmanwtan says:
    Jul 3, 2011 9:24 AM
    Cam Newton didn’t remember a play at Auburn? Either you are saying that Cam Newton doesn’t need a coach or the opposing defenses sucked.

    Does it make Tom Brady or Peyton Manning stupid because they do not know Jon Gruden’s verbiage? Many SEC schools use a number system to call their plays, it is a better and quicker way to communicate because it eliminates confusion.

    I am glad that Cam Newton is putting in the work, and he is also doing it without a contract. I know it is hurting you guys that he is not making the same mistakes like young Vick and Jamarcus Russell. What a sad world.
    __________________________________
    I don’t think it means CN is dumb because they used the # system to call plays. It’s sort of like an offense where QBs wear wristbands with plays on them. I agree with you that it’s a speed/efficiency thing & doesn’t mean the QB is dumb or doesn’t know the plays. What set off alarm bells to me is that he the ONLY QB with whom Gruden did a show who could not explain the concepts behind plays.

    I just finished watching the Pryor show and HE is the guy I think is getting too much heat for FOOTBALL related things. Keep in mind that all I know of him football wise is this show so I may not have the full picture of what the guy is all about. This site smacked down Gruden for being nauseating during that show but IMO, he was the same as he was with the other guys. If you saw what he drilled Pryor on you saw his concerns with Pryor. And Pryor really had only a couple answers that were personal related I didn’t like. I did notice that he was able to explain concepts in detail and draw up a few plays and any football question Gruden asked, he had a good answer to it.

  48. packerfan12 says: Jul 3, 2011 12:56 PM

    @steelerdynasty2010

    Cam Newton WAS a great player in college, and deserved every award he got (lets see if he has those in about 5 years from all the scandals). But I think the reason many of us doubt that Cam Newton is going to be a great pro prospect is that he CLEARLY relies on his legs. He is a great athlete, but name the last running QB to win a superbowl. Cam ran 264/544 total plays last year which is 48%, I know they ran the option a lot, but that’s still alarming to me. He played great in the SEC, but will he be able to adjust to the speed of the NFL, how’s he going to feel after John Abraham hits him right under the chin?

    Cam Newton played great at Auburn and never lost, which is great, but how is he going to handle possibly losing 13 games in a season? How’s he going to handle the media after he has a bad game and throws three picks? None of us have seen it, but I am guessing it’s not going to be pretty.

    Cam Newton could be a great NFL QB, but I think he relies too much on his legs, his accuracy has been questioned, and honestly I don’t think he’s mentally tough.

  49. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jul 7, 2011 11:02 AM

    @packerfan
    when the option is as BIG a part of the offense as it was at Auburn for Cam, what else would you expect? how many of those 264 were option plays? he doesnt get to call the plays, he has to run them. not saying he’s an awesome pocket/drop back passer, just that your figure and logic could have some holes in it.
    now, on to how he’s going to handle losing, he’s as much an unknown as anyone who hasnt experienced it before. i dont know why he’d be anymore likely to react negatively to it than any other player who has enjoyed the type of success he has at all previous levels of competition.
    btw, what makes you question his mental toughness?

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