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Ron Rivera’s early impressions of Cam Newton: “Wow”

Carolina Panthers quarterback and the NFL number one draft pick Cam Newton works out in Spartanburg AP

Jimmy Clausen is taking snaps as the starting quarterback in Panthers training camp.  For now.

Coach Ron Rivera isn’t trying to play favorites, but Rivera found it hard to contain his excitement when asked of his early impressions of Newton.

“Wow,” Rivera said.

Yep. That was the answer.  Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer says Newton has “clearly out-performed” Clausen early.

“I mean, he does some things that really light you up and get you excited — as Jimmy did. Jimmy made some good throws and some good decisions. But when you look at what Cam does, some of those things. His running ability is special. That’s one of the things he brings to the table,” Rivera said.

The Panthers  plan to use Newton’s running ability.  We know it’s very early, but we’d be surprised if Newton wasn’t the Week One starter barring a total faceplant in the preseason.

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  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 2, 2011 3:42 PM

    The NFC South is really going to be competitive this year. Things could get very interseting if the Panthers can be good under Newton.

  2. trbowman says: Aug 2, 2011 3:43 PM

    I hate dual threat quarterbacks.

    We need more Drew Bledsoes.

  3. medtxpack says: Aug 2, 2011 3:43 PM

    all he has to do is win TWO GAMES to improve his team…

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 2, 2011 3:44 PM

    If you’re in a fantasy league, draft this guy in the 10 round in every league. He’s going to put up disgusting stats like you’ve never seen.

    That offense is going to run, run, run all game long.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    lol, you mean “we know it’s early, but time of day, month, or year doesn’t change the fact that claussen is worthless, so Cam newton is probably gonna start.”

  6. stubbyjones says: Aug 2, 2011 3:45 PM

    …and that total faceplant will occur about 1 quarter into his first start..

  7. zoxitic says: Aug 2, 2011 3:46 PM

    Ron Rivera’s early impressions of Cam Newton: “Wow, I can’t believe we wasted a #1 pick on this guy”

  8. theytukrjobs says: Aug 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    He has some running ability. Wow. The NFL is about to get turned upside down.

  9. rickycubane says: Aug 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    HOw can the Panthers be good under Newton when he is getting undercut by his idiot Front office who hands out guaranteed money like its growing on trees ..

    Charels Johnson gets 70 mil?!? Deangelo Williams gets 50 mill??!?!

    if the Panthers have any chance of being a winning team this year it will be because Cam Newton just goes out and uses his playmaking ability.. if he tries to think .. at all.. they are in trouble.. dude is dumb as dirt

  10. hobartbaker says: Aug 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    So, The Blessed Individual looks better than Clausen in an offense designed for….well….a blessed individual. By a guy they call “Chud”. Whooda thunk.

  11. kernelreefer says: Aug 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    It’s easy to be impressed when your baseline is Jimmy Clausen.

  12. chargerdillon says: Aug 2, 2011 3:52 PM

    yea…..I bet it went something like this

    1. “Wow” (they gave me 2 crappy quaterbacks to work with)

    2. “Wow” (im supposed to win with this)

    3. “Wow” (im not very talkative)

  13. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    “Wow” Part they left out is ‘What a bust”

  14. xstaticonradio says: Aug 2, 2011 3:55 PM

    How many dual threat quarterbacks have had success in the NFL?…

  15. thegonz13 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:56 PM

    Jimmy made some good decisions and some good throws…

    Sure, he doesn’t have an opposing DE in his face 90% of the time. In those conditions, even I would look like a Pro Bowler!

  16. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 2, 2011 3:58 PM

    chargerdillon says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:52 PM
    yea…..I bet it went something like this

    1. “Wow” (they gave me 2 crappy quaterbacks to work with)

    2. “Wow” (im supposed to win with this)

    3. “Wow” (im not very talkative)

    ————————————

    Well Put, lmao

  17. buryyourduke says: Aug 2, 2011 3:58 PM

    Al Davis when speaking of Jamarcus Russell during his first week of camp… “Wow!”

  18. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Aug 2, 2011 4:00 PM

    “Wow”. He’s another JaMarcus Russell. Only slimmer…….You guys wanna see Cam throw a football 60 yards from his knee??…..

    “Wow”. We gave Cam a DVD with plays on it to take home and look at. We tested him the next day and knew he didn’t watch it and was lying about it. The DVD was blank….

  19. ingloriousmaster says: Aug 2, 2011 4:00 PM

    ”WOW’ as as in wow, we spent the number one pick on this guy?”

  20. qdog112 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:01 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:44 PM
    If you’re in a fantasy league, draft this guy in the 10 round in every league. He’s going to put up disgusting stats like you’ve never seen.

    That offense is going to run, run, run all game long.

    ———————————–
    Yeah, all Cam did was throw for 30 TDs at a 66% clip, oh yeah and he CAN run a little too, as in 20 TDs. Will you and chargerdillion promise to k.i.l.l yourselves when he succeeds?

  21. voiceofrealism says: Aug 2, 2011 4:02 PM

    So he has running ability. Great, another run first quarterback. Wow, he’s going to get so killed out there.

  22. selmonfan63 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:04 PM

    I think that I speak for all Bucs fans when I say “Please start Clausen”.

  23. dirtybird70 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:04 PM

    Dude *I* can out perform Clausen. Wow is right.

  24. Nevis says: Aug 2, 2011 4:04 PM

    Non NFL-ready QB, wowing a defensive minded first time HC. Color me skeptical.

    I’m sure Mike Nolan (ex DC, first time HC) said the same thing about Alex Smith.

  25. texastornado82 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    Ron: “Wow, is it lunch time already. Thank god”

  26. melonvoxveritas says: Aug 2, 2011 4:06 PM

    I heard Kyle Boller could throw 40 yards on his knees.

  27. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 2, 2011 4:06 PM

    I’m not sure how all of you can say an SEC QB who threw 30 TD’s, 3,000 yards, completed almost 70% of his passes, rushed for 1,400 yards, and 20 rushing TD’s can “suck”. Cam Newton, as far as I’m concerned, could very well be the rarest talent the NFL has ever seen.

    Now I could understand if this was some Division-III school and someone put up those kinds of stats… but again, it’s the SEC! That’s the best division in college football and he completely owned it! I’m not sure what else he needed to do in his only year as a college QB. Those stats are mind-boggling…

    Oh yeah, and he won a Championship. lol

  28. phillychzstk2012 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:06 PM

    I hate dual threat quarterbacks.

    We need more Drew Bledsoes.

    ========================================================================

    because you dont have one.

  29. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:09 PM

    “WOW, what does Warren Moon see in this kid?”

  30. ronswansonsdinner says: Aug 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    “Wow, where did my laptop go?” or “Wow, his dad sold him to Auburn for how much!”

  31. mrcosio says: Aug 2, 2011 4:14 PM

    One think I’ve learned about NFL Training Camp……everyybody looks incredible when they’re just running around with no pads and hitting

  32. supashug says: Aug 2, 2011 4:16 PM

    WOW

    he doesn’t know anything past slant right???

    they are screwed, he will take a year to comprehend 10% of the playbook and the wristband they give him for games will have to include stick figures

  33. polishrod says: Aug 2, 2011 4:18 PM

    xstaticonradio says:Aug 2, 2011 3:55 PM

    How many dual threat quarterbacks have had success in the NFL?…

    —————————–

    Hmmmm, how about John Elway, Bobby Lane, Fran Tarkenton and Steven Young to name a few?

    All Hall-of-Famers and all CLEARLY running threats. I didn’t even have to mention fringe guys, who could run but barely did.

  34. kmurph1226 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:19 PM

    “Wow” his ears stick out

  35. zoxitic says: Aug 2, 2011 4:20 PM

    Rivera is going to be really impressed when he coaches Andrew Luck next year.

  36. polishrod says: Aug 2, 2011 4:21 PM

    berniemadoffsides says:Aug 2, 2011 4:06 PM

    I’m not sure how all of you can say an SEC QB who threw 30 TD’s, 3,000 yards, completed almost 70% of his passes, rushed for 1,400 yards, and 20 rushing TD’s can “suck”. Cam Newton, as far as I’m concerned, could very well be the rarest talent the NFL has ever seen.

    Now I could understand if this was some Division-III school and someone put up those kinds of stats… but again, it’s the SEC! That’s the best division in college football and he completely owned it! I’m not sure what else he needed to do in his only year as a college QB. Those stats are mind-boggling…

    Oh yeah, and he won a Championship. lol

    ——————————

    Once you get drafted, your college stats mean NADA.

    And even the most casual fan can tell you after watching Auburn play that Cam was the center of the offensive universe there. I’m sure Tebow or even Brad Smith could have put up similiar numbers in college, if they ran the ball on every read option the coach called.

  37. texastornado82 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:22 PM

    Is cam making a gun-gesture at Clausen?

  38. xlax1306 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:25 PM

    I’m not sure how all of you can say an SEC QB who threw 30 TD’s, 3,000 yards, completed almost 70% of his passes, rushed for 1,400 yards, and 20 rushing TD’s can “suck”. Cam Newton, as far as I’m concerned, could very well be the rarest talent the NFL has ever seen.

    Now I could understand if this was some Division-III school and someone put up those kinds of stats… but again, it’s the SEC! That’s the best division in college football and he completely owned it! I’m not sure what else he needed to do in his only year as a college QB. Those stats are mind-boggling…

    Oh yeah, and he won a Championship. lol
    ==============================

    see Tebow, Tim.

  39. pastorinisflak says: Aug 2, 2011 4:26 PM

    Move over Shamwow, make room for Camwow! (eyeroll)

  40. eaglesowngiants says: Aug 2, 2011 4:28 PM

    Aug 2, 2011 3:55 PM
    How many dual threat quarterbacks have had success in the NFL?…
    ==================================

    tarkenton, elway, mcnabb, vick, gannon, steve young, culpepper (for a period of time),

  41. simalex says: Aug 2, 2011 4:28 PM

    Brad Smith was awesome to watch, and he had some outstanding games, but he was never at a Cam Newton level. Cam is just at another alien-like level of athletic freakishness. Now, whether that pans out as a pro QB, who knows?

    I am kind of interested in the idea of picking him up in round 10 or something really late. Who knows what to expect out of him?

  42. xstaticonradio says: Aug 2, 2011 4:29 PM

    Hmmmm, how about John Elway, Bobby Lane, Fran Tarkenton and Steven Young to name a few?

    All Hall-of-Famers and all CLEARLY running threats. I didn’t even have to mention fringe guys, who could run but barely did.

    ———————————

    I’ll give you Steve Young, but calling the other 3 dual threat QBs is more than a bit of stretch. Sure they had the ability to occasionally scramble out of the pocket, but none of those 3 were ever looking to run or had designed run plays built around them.

    I’m talking about the modern day dual threat quarterback: Mike Vick, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Troy Smith, Kordell Stewart, etc. Vick never had success as a passer until last year, and the jury is out on Tebow. However, the rest of them are busts and terrible.

  43. jpiro says: Aug 2, 2011 4:30 PM

    Maybe he’s great. Maybe he’s not. But what did you think his first-year head coach was going to say?

    “Man, this #1 overall draft pick we got at QB is going to need a TON of work.” probably wouldn’t have been a good start to Rivera’s head coaching career.

  44. xstaticonradio says: Aug 2, 2011 4:32 PM

    tarkenton, elway, mcnabb, vick, gannon, steve young, culpepper (for a period of time),

    ———————————-
    McNabb? Really? Maybe for a couple of years he was, but he’s not a dual threat QB anymore and hasn’t been for a long time.

    Gannon had one season with more than 300 rushing yards.

    Culpepper lol really come on dude

  45. feldman9000 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:35 PM

    I don’t think he’s like the same style QBs that came before him. If he’s open minded, listens, and keeps his mouth shut and allow the coaches to work the kinks out and put a system in place that can use all of the offense’s weapons? Seriously this is an offense with atleast 5 pro bowlers including the OLine.

  46. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    And everyone’s blasting Tim Tebow, too.

    Just wait until he gets his shot. If an offense caters to his style even a little, he’s going to succeed.

  47. kernelreefer says: Aug 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    Why do people keep pointing to the BCS championship as a reason that Cam Newton can somehow do well in the NFL? In the last 20 years, only two quarterbacks with the BCS title or AP #1 team in college led their team to a playoff in the NFL. And one lost that game.

    They all played against “tough opponents” in “tough divisions,” and yet somehow that didn’t translate. Are people’s memories so bad that they forget that the exact same crap happened for Vince Young? Now he’s a 1-year backup. Say what you will about whether or not he was unfairly forced out, the fact of the matter is, if he was as big of a winner as some people are predicting Cam Newton to be, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    McElroy, Tebow, Matt Flynn, Chris Leak, and Matt Mauck also “owned the SEC” and won national championships doing.

    Face it, the NFL is hard.

  48. Donald Whitaker says: Aug 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    Don’t really understand all the hate for this guy. He dominate what is far and away the best college conference in America but whenever you read comment sections on the blogs its hate across the board like he was banging your daughter. Relax. You dont know whether he is gonna be a bust or a beast but you do know his time is coming soon so take a chill pill until that day.

  49. rickditka says: Aug 2, 2011 4:38 PM

    he threw for a respectable percentage in college because the safeties came up to stop the run. Newton’s experience with the science of football is looking for a hole to run through. There is no way he succeeds in the NFL.

  50. ncsteve83 says: Aug 2, 2011 4:41 PM

    medtxpack says:
    Aug 2, 2011 3:43 PM
    all he has to do is win TWO GAMES to improve his team…

    WRONG! Jackwagon. You would actually need to win 3 games to improve this team, as we went 2-14 last year. Is that such a hard stat to look up??

  51. whatswiththehate says: Aug 2, 2011 4:43 PM

    All I’ve got to say is “WOW” to some of the asinine comments on here.

    Can’t believe some of you are labeling this kid as stupid and what not. Yet it seems as if you take your marching orders from folks who get paid to spin news for a living..Go figure.

    Yes, Andrew Luck will be SO much better than Cam simply because the media said so. And if this college season doesn’t turn out as expected for Andrew, it won’t be his fault cause we NEVER blame certain folks for anything. Especially when the media tell us not too.

  52. rascalmanny says: Aug 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    The Titans said “wow” about Vince Young too.

    He was always encouraged to run but didn’t do much of it.

    Not to mention he didn’t know the playbook, called the wrong plays, and even called plays that weren’t even in the playbook.

    And now Cam is supposed to be another running QB who will change the NFL? Huh..I’ve heard it before…usually by BSPN.

  53. southcakpanther says: Aug 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    supashug says:
    Aug 2, 2011 4:16 PM
    WOW

    he doesn’t know anything past slant right???

    they are screwed, he will take a year to comprehend 10% of the playbook and the wristband they give him for games will have to include stick figures
    ——————————————–
    Good lord you are clueless. Cam had 90% of the playbook down before camp started. Nobody can predict his success or failure, but if he does succeed, it will be glorious to see people like you have to eat your words.

  54. doe22us says: Aug 2, 2011 4:53 PM

    Oh k another day another Panthers hype.. keep on keeping on.

  55. southcakpanther says: Aug 2, 2011 4:58 PM

    @ kernelreefer says:
    Aug 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    Check Vince Young’s win/loss record as a pro. If he wasn’t a head case, he’d still be in Tennessee winning games. Cam is not a head case.

  56. whatswiththehate says: Aug 2, 2011 5:04 PM

    Donald Whitaker says:Aug 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    Don’t really understand all the hate for this guy. ———————–
    Cause he went to Auburn..

    If he had gone to a media loving school and done the same as he did for Auburn, he would have a statue by now and there wouldn’t be much complaint.

  57. cowartsh says: Aug 2, 2011 5:06 PM

    Spread qb with very few starts. Thats why people are skeptical. His throwing motion is miles better than tebow but he still has had almost no experience under center dropping back and hitting 2nd, third or even fourth reads in a matter of seconds with huge alarmingly fast d linemen in his face. As far as his running i think he will buy time and make some plays with his legs but he is not and will never be the difference maker on the edge that mike vick is. Hes just not fast enough. Those spread run plays that worked in college fail in the sunday afternoon league

  58. chobes68 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:10 PM

    “Yeah, all Cam did was throw for 30 TDs at a 66% clip, oh yeah and he CAN run a little too, as in 20 TDs. Will you and chargerdillion promise to k.i.l.l yourselves when he succeeds?”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yeah, in COLLEGE!

    Akili Smith
    Jamarcus Russell
    Ryan Leaf
    Andre Ware
    Rick Mirer

    All stars in COLLEGE!

  59. riverhorsey says: Aug 2, 2011 5:11 PM

    WoW, not a good sign when the coach is in awe of the QB.

  60. qdog112 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:11 PM

    dwntwnbadboy19 says:
    Aug 2, 2011 4:09 PM
    “WOW, what does Warren Moon see in this kid?”

    ———————————
    Not too much. Possibly more talent than he’s ever witnessed at the QB position at any level. You may quote me on this: Cam aerned his place on the Mt. Rushmore of College Football. Now is goal is to make the NFL his. Bet aginst him at your own risk.

    By the way, Steve Beuerlein was the best QB for this franchise, not Jake.

  61. chobes68 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:13 PM

    “Check Vince Young’s win/loss record as a pro. If he wasn’t a head case, he’d still be in Tennessee winning games. Cam is not a head case.”

    NFL teams tend to keep around head cases if they can play.

    Judging the win/loss record of a QB doesn’t reflect how good a QB is.

    Brad Johnson won a SB, so did Dilfer, doesn’t make them ready for Canton.

  62. theytukrjobs says: Aug 2, 2011 5:16 PM

    It still shocks me that Newton was drafted #1. He was amazing in college. But you know what, that doesn’t really matter at the QB position. It really doesn’t.

    Newton was a run first QB in college. They rarely succeed in the NFL. He ran an option read offense, which is about the worst offense to prepare you for the NFL outside of maybe the veer. All of the stats he compiled and accomplishments came while running an offense not even close to what works in the NFL.

    The only way this guy succeeds is if they run a special offense just for him and it actually works. But the problem is that even brute college QB’s that can take extreme beatings at that level usually get knocked out when they start putting their heads down in the NFL and trying to legitimately run for power and finish runs.

    This guy most likely is a 3 or 4 year project before he is any good. We could be wrong though, but if we are it won’t be because he was good in college. It will be because his skill set translated to the NFL in a way that his college experiences alone could have never predicted.

  63. whatswiththehate says: Aug 2, 2011 5:19 PM

    rascalmanny says:Aug 2, 2011 4:50 PM

    The Titans said “wow” about Vince Young too.

    He was always encouraged to run but didn’t do much of it.

    Not to mention he didn’t know the playbook, called the wrong plays, and even called plays that weren’t even in the playbook.
    —————–
    If I’m not mistaken, VY is still in the league so what’s your point?

    And, while many of you are mocking Cam’s intellect based on nothing more than ignorant stereotyping, Jake Locker is wearing a wristband with his calls and no one seems to care. But Cam is being pressured to devour the playbook in a short space of time while being labeled as “stupid and dumb” like his predecessors, who just happens to be black like him.

    And some of you really wonder why many folks who read these comments on this site about Cam, raise an eyebrow.

  64. thefiesty1 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:21 PM

    Wow, really? It doesn’t take much to impress some folks when you have nothing.

  65. qdog112 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:21 PM

    Cam was just the best player on the best team in the best conference in the world, other than that, he’s not done too much.

    Oh yeah that was college … did he play somewhere else? Just promise us – I’ll get the rope – please….

  66. qdog112 says: Aug 2, 2011 5:26 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Aug 2, 2011 5:16 PM
    It still shocks me that Newton was drafted #1. He was amazing in college. But you know what, that doesn’t really matter at the QB position. It really doesn’t.

    ——————————-
    You have no idea what you’re taliking about. Every player in the NFL played in college and were drafted based on what they did there and how they projected moving forward. There is not but a handful of teams that would NOT have drafted Cam. GB and St Louis were two for sure. The others would have had to consider it.

  67. bigbeefyd says: Aug 2, 2011 5:29 PM

    Best football interview response of the year…”They held up a sign that said 34 …and that was a PLAY!”.

  68. hatesycophants says: Aug 2, 2011 5:31 PM

    @whatswiththehate,

    Excellent post.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  69. blkmanwtan says: Aug 2, 2011 6:25 PM

    Best football interview response of the year…”They held up a sign that said 34 …and that was a PLAY!”.
    ———
    If he scored on plays like 34 or 36 then he did his job. Football isn’t rocket science. Bill Belichick has been successful against teams with complex offenses because offense are thinking instead of reacting. If a simple offense will get you 51 tds then why make it difficult?

  70. jimr10 says: Aug 2, 2011 6:28 PM

    Lot of personnel experts on here. I cannot imagine people declaring Cam a bust before he has played in one game.

  71. imswayze says: Aug 2, 2011 6:30 PM

    Good pick for the Panthers. You haters are silly.

    He will have a solid O-line, very solid running game, solid defense (and defensive coaching), good receiving tight ends (Olsen was great trade aqu.), and Steve Smith.

    Cam Newton is as big as most linebackers, especially in his division. He will punish them and wear them down, just as much as he takes.

    The Panthers are going to run all day, and try and control the ball. Nothing wrong with that if you can do it well. Tough to win the NFC South, though. Newton will sell tickets, and he will make the Panthers a better team. The last real QB the Panthers have had is Delhomme, and I think he is with the worst of the worst in the NFL at QB. He just lost it, all of a sudden.

  72. kernelreefer says: Aug 2, 2011 7:33 PM

    southcakpanther says: Aug 2, 2011 4:58 PM

    Check Vince Young’s win/loss record as a pro. If he wasn’t a head case, he’d still be in Tennessee winning games. Cam is not a head case.

    ———————–

    His win-loss record in the playoffs is 0-1. That’d be alright if it was just his rookie season, but it’s not just his rookie season. His overall win-loss record is great, I’ll admit it, but are you telling me that Fox would have won the conflict between the two if his skills were in dispute? His QB Rating is a career 75.7 and his best year ratings-wise (2010), his W-L was 4-4.

    I don’t hate Vince Young – I wanted the Vikings to go after him, to be honest – but to call him an example of the argument that “championship college quarterbacks win in the NFL” is specious at best. Particularly because it doesn’t prove my argument wrong – 2 of 20 have even MADE the playoffs. If 1 does well, it still proves that winning the BCS is a bad argument. Incidentally, the other QB was Brian Griese.

    I don’t think Cam Newton will turn out to be completely terrible, but I don’t think he will be nearly as good as some people are priming him to be. Will people please stop pointing to the BCS as if it means something?

  73. catman72 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:24 PM

    Wow… Cam really scares the hell out of you people doesn’t he?

    When a guy like Rivera, who doesn’t give false praise and has been around a long time says “wow” about a guy, you better be worried.

    …see you soon.

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