Bo Jackson: “Panthers are scary” with Cam Newton

AP

We’ll have to wait until next Sunday to see what Cam Newton looks like in a real NFL game. But Bo Jackson has seen enough of Newton to say the Panthers will be a frighteningly good team with Newton at the helm — and to compare Newton to a bunch of Hall of Famers.

Jackson, the former Raiders running back who, like Newton, was a Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn, said on the Jim Rome show that Newton’s physical gifts are unlike those of any player in football, and the Panthers have the right offense to take advantage of Newton’s gifts.

“There isn’t another quarterback in the NFL that has all of those tangibles,” Jackson said. “And when you put all of those tangibles together with the quality of receivers and linemen that he’s got blocking for him, and the running backs that he can get the pill to, this guy is scary. The Panthers are scary.”

Jackson also says Newton compares favorably to some of the all-time great NFL players.

“When you speak of Cam Newton, I’ll put it to you just like this: He has the arm strength and power of Dan Marino and John Elway combined,” Jackson said. “He is quicker than Michael Vick, faster than Michael Vick. And he will run over you with the power of a Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell. That’s the kind of guy he is.”

I think Jackson left out Superman, but other than that, he’s pretty well covered every great player he could possibly compare to Newton. And Jackson seems to think Newton is going to be better than any of them. Maybe we should just put Cam in Canton right now.

149 responses to “Bo Jackson: “Panthers are scary” with Cam Newton

  1. Respond to “Bo Jackson: “Panthers are scary” with Cam Newton”
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    i like Cam and all but there is no-way, with the lockout an all, that any rookie QB will be scary this yr……maybe he means it in a bad way

  2. you can have all the arm strength in the world but if you cant throw with accuracy your not going to make it.

  3. yeah, and he also left out “with the throwing accuracy of Tim Tebow.” Pump the brakes Bo. This is going to be a long and painful year for the Panthers.

  4. He left out BY FAR the TWO most important thing an NFL quarterback needs. ACCURACY and INTELLIGENCE. All the rest is totally irrelevant without it.

  5. Bo Jackson couldnt make the Panthers a “Frighteningly” good team even with Cam Newton. This is gonna take some time. I love me some Bo Jackson, but Easy Bo Easy.

  6. Bo is an Auburn Tiger/War Eagle/Whatever the hell they are so of course he’s gonna slurp up to Cam Newton. Better than the 2-14 edition of the Panthers, yes. “Scary” – jury’s still out on that.

  7. capslockkey says:
    Sep 2, 2011 11:47 AM

    He left out “….with the QB intelligence of Vince Young”

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    I think that comment is a little premature to say at this point given the short mini-camps and new system. If this is how he’s performed with little practice and snaps, then maybe Bo does know..

    If anyone knows, Bo KNOWS!

  8. Just a few problems with what Bo said. He doesn’t have the arm strength of either Marino or Elway. He’s not nearly as quick or as fast as Michael Vick, and he’s not nearly as powerful as Bettis, Bo, or Earl Campbell.

    Other than that I totally agree with everything else he said.

  9. He left out “….with the QB intelligence of Vince Young”

    I’m not sure what “QB intelligence” is but Newton’s a rookie and scored 21 on the Wonderlic. Presumably he’ll learn.

  10. Aaron Maybin is the best defensive end I’ve ever seen. See I can hype players from my school too.

    (How is he faster than Vick by the way?)

  11. People like Bo need to sit back and watch like the rest of us, the guy puts enough pressure on himself. Nothing anyone says will define his career, he’ll have to do that all himself.

    As a Panther fan, I just look forward to the ride… and it all starts next Sunday!

  12. Would Bo ever say this about a white quaterback? No

    Would Bo ever say this about a white quaterback from Auburn? No

    Is Bo being at all biased because who he is and where he came from? Yes

    Stick to banking Bo

  13. The arm of John Elway?? Come on Bo… Dude is a freakish athlete, yes, but come on… The ability to read defenses and fit balls in tight spots has very little to do with having pure athletic ability. If he could just take the ball and plow down the field like he did at Auburn, he might be scary. But this is the NFL, man. He better be able to throw the ball with accuracy and anticipation or he will not be great…

    mydailyff.com

  14. If Bo Jackson really believes this than he doesn’t know the first thing about football.

    Cam Newton has an average arm strength and terrible accuracy. He has poor pocket footwork and is inconsistent in his throwing motion.

    He is a great athlete but isn’t in the same league as Michael Vick in his speed or quickness. He can’t even measure up to Pryor on speed & quickness.

    If Cam Newton is a starting QB in 5 years I will give everyone on this comment page 100 dollars.

  15. Panthers spend 4 picks in the last 2 drafts on college QBs (Newton, Clausen, Edwards, Pike) and Newton is the best they could do with the #1 pick??

    LOL. Keep drinkin’ the Auburn kool-aid Bo…

  16. Some former players would be jealous. Cam was voted the best player in Auburn history over players like Bo. (voted last year) Did Bo exaggerate, perhaps, but I’ll take his word because of who he is. I’ll just say: BO KNOWS!

  17. I like Newton and all and I think a lot the hate he gets is unfair but he is not faster or quicker than Vick. I don’t know if any QB can ever have the speed and quickness that Vick does and still be a good passer. Likewise Newton pales in comparison to the likes of Marino and Elway in arm strength. He’s a tremendous raw talent but he’s not some kind of legendary athlete. I am rooting for Newton but I think we can all agree that Bo is sipping on the Auburn Kool Aid.

  18. Can someone pull out the stats and compare Cam’s rookie preseason numbers to those named Vick, Rivers and Rogers

  19. stoicfan says: Sep 2, 2011 12:06 PM

    Warren Moon thinks Bo Jackson is racist because he thinks Cam Newton is a better QB than Warren.
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    Both me and Moon think you’re an idiot for trying to imply what Warren or Bo said have anything to do with race and not the TANGIBLES he spoke of. How’s that tribalism thing working out for you in the NFL?

  20. Wow, I can’t believe Bo forgot to mention that Newton also can hit like Lawrence Taylor and run routes like Jerry Rice.

  21. “…and he’s smarter than Stephen Hawking.”
    How’d he leave that out?

    So much for “Bo knows..”
    I think we can now officially put that slogan to rest.

  22. BO, Football is a team sport. He needs good players behind him to make cam successful.

    or He is another young quarterback getting hit hard and being sacked.

  23. We’ll see how tough Newton is on Nov. 20th when Suh has his way with Newton’s head after a sack. Will Newton get star treatment from the refs or will his cranium be fair game to Suh’s style?

    Running QB=IR by December

  24. Power like Jerome berries what in the hell is he talking about..Bo obviously doesn’t know football and Newton has no accuracy at all…CAM NEWTON WILL BE A BUST!!!

  25. Loving all the hate! Even though Bo went to far I think the panthers will surprise quite a few teams this season, I also think Newt is further along than many people thought he would be, he will make some rookie mistakes but he will have lots plays this season that leave many people in AWE. If we can stay healthy, I think we can win 6-7 games this season, and than next year watch out! Bring on the thumbs down all you lame panther and cam haters.

  26. I don’t know. Superman can reverse the direction of the Earth’s rotation. Can Cam Newton do that? I think not. Fail.

  27. “We’ll see how tough Newton is on Nov. 20th when Suh has his way with Newton’s head after a sack.” NFL has a new policy re: concussions. If Suh slams any QBs head into the turf again he should be expelled from the league.

  28. all you chumps!

    are the Panthers runningbacks better than yours? Yes

    are the Panthers tightends better than yours?
    Yes

    Does your team have 3 probowler olinemen?
    No

    Does your team have 89?
    No

    …Cam Newton’s ability to run/throw/or hand-off does make the Panthers offense scary…The Defense on the other hand? DT and CB are scary bad.

  29. People are underestimating Cam Newton. If he uses his legs, he will be functionally average until he gets injured. Folks, you heard it here first.

  30. What did you want him to say…
    He’s the best player to land in the NFL via Auburn since himself. Bo knows.
    Font ever forget it, Brian Bosworth won’t.

  31. maddog111 says: Sep 2, 2011 11:56 AM

    Just a few problems with what Bo said. He doesn’t have the arm strength of either Marino or Elway. He’s not nearly as quick or as fast as Michael Vick, and he’s not nearly as powerful as Bettis, Bo, or Earl Campbell.

    Bo, come on, more powerful than Earl Campbell, i watched Earl Campbell run the football, alot,
    NO ONE BEFORE OR SINCE ran with more power than the Tyler Rose, NOBODY, in fact its not even close.

  32. That’s about the stupidest and most premature thing anyone has ever said. No one has heard a peep from Bo, and THAT is what he come out with?

  33. people love to see black QBS fail. If Cam Newton was white he would be treated like andy dalton. NO ONE WOULD SAY ANYTHING! This is coming from a white dude btw

  34. I guess I’ll have something to tell the grandkids about after week one in Glendale, AZ. I’ll be able to tell them old Cam threw for 300 yds, rushed for 100 yds., delivered a baby in the stands, balanced the Federal budget, explained Einstein’s theory of relativity to the fans in a way that made them feel good about science and religion and scored 6 touchdowns, kicking all the extra points. GO CARDINALS!

  35. pilot2011 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:38 PM

    all you chumps!

    are the Panthers runningbacks better than yours? Yes

    are the Panthers tightends better than yours?
    Yes

    Does your team have 3 probowler olinemen?
    No

    Does your team have 89?
    No

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    Did ANY of the above matter last year when the cats were the worst team in football?
    No

  36. One small problem Bo, the Panthers play in the NFC South. Right now I’d say as a team the Saints, Bucs and Falcons are a whole lot more scary that a single player.

  37. I really don’t have anything to add, I just wanna get in on sirmixalotalotalot’s $100…

    don’t really care if Cammy is starting in 5 yrs or not, but it seems like a fairly low-risk income opportunity…

  38. Yes, Bo. The NFL is absolutely mortified with that 24/57 for 300 yards this preseason. I would be shaking in my boots with that 42% completion percentage…….

  39. So let’s get this straight. Arm strength of Marino and Elway COMBINED. Powerful as Bettis, Campbell, and Jackson combined. Faster and quicker than Vick. So I ask then……why isn’t Newton totally dominating every game? He must be extremely unintelligent and extremely inaccurate. Or else, like Bo said, he’d be totally dominating.

  40. Just because their QB looks like Shrek doesn’t make them a scary team. Sorry Bo 40% completion percentage ain’t gonna cut it in the NFL.

  41. Hilariously idiotic statement. Sure, Bo, Cam Newton is better than every NFL QB legend combined; he can throw the ball 200 yards from one knee and run faster than Usain Bolt in a tailwind. And Chad Henne is really Tom Brady with an uglier girlfriend, too.

  42. pilot2011 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:38 PM
    all you chumps!

    are the Panthers runningbacks better than yours? Yes
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    Actually, no they are not. Unlike the Panthers RB’s, my teams RB’s can actually stay on the field healthy…

  43. Scary…huh?

    Well is he Chad Henne or John Beck scary?

    Or is he Micheal Vick scary?

    (Bo…I was feeling you until you said Cam is faster than Vick.)

    By the way did you hear…Miami is doing another promotion…The Dolphins are doing a reunion 2 of the co owners…J.Lo and Marc Anthony…that should draw a crowd!

  44. From what he remembers about defensive speed in the 1980’s, he’s saying he may have done something decent had he played back then. Doesn’t hurt that they share the same alma mater. SCHOOL PRIDE! That oughta get some recruits…

    I love how these old school players are coming out left and right to endorse this loss-as if their experience at the pro level in a different period of play is translatable to success today. He’ll make pro bowlers out of tight ends, that’s for sure; and if defenses are smart and keep him in the pocket, there will be zero offensive advancement with him leading it. Bring on the season. It’s time to expose this hack.

  45. 1) Both the Panthers and Eagles look “scary”. That is, until their QB’s are broken in half, which I think will happen to both Newton and Vick this year.

    2) Remember the Fox piece from the late 90’s that Bradshaw did about how all of these young QB’s coming out were gonna change the game…? Shaun King, Akili Smith, etc. Of them, only Vick is still even in the league.

    3) Bo knows…..very little. And I would argue that the game has passed him up to the point that a healthy young Bo Jackson in his prime would be mediocre in today’s NFL. When Jackson played…the defenses weren’t as quick and ferocious as they are now.

  46. It must be “Hate” Friday from the looks of these comments… smh C’mon now people. Why beat up Cam for something someone else said? And I’m sick and tired of hearing every young black quarterback compared to each other. THEY DON’T ALL LOOK ALIKE!!!

  47. he has the speed of akili smith, the arm of alex smith, the accuracy of joey harrington, and will run you over like the waterboy from a UFL team.

  48. I never realized Bo had a big problem with substance abuse. Apparently, just drinking kool aid can cause delusions and irrational statements in some people.

  49. bobbyyyd says:Sep 2, 2011 12:57 PM

    people love to see black QBS fail. If Cam Newton was white he would be treated like andy dalton. NO ONE WOULD SAY ANYTHING! This is coming from a white dude btw
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    I don’t buy that.

    Maybe if the NFL, Fox, ESPN, and every other outlet would treat these guys like every other player, instead of presenting them like some sort of super hero when they’ve never completed a pass or ran a ball in the NFL, it would be different. It’s all marketing and PR crap.

    You’re telling me the hype machines behind Tim Tebow, Matt Leinart, Ryan Leaf, Lawrence Phillips, Tony Mandarich weren’t out there and no one had the same feelings…Wrong.

    I think there’s a part of alot of people that have a sense of animosity for a 21 or 22 year old getting paid umteen millions to play a kid’s game, that in a way, they’re hoping for bad luck on their part…unless they play for your team, of course.

  50. I’m giving Bo a pass, because….. well, he’s Bo Frickin’ Jackson, the best athlete this country has seen since Jim Thorpe, and because we never hear a word from him …. EVER.

    Talking up a guy who actually over-shadowed your college career is a classy thing to do.

    Bo knows class.

  51. “When you speak of Cam Newton, I’ll put it to you just like this: He has the arm strength and power of Dan Marino and John Elway combined,” Jackson said. “He is quicker than Michael Vick, faster than Michael Vick. And he will run over you with the power of a Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell. That’s the kind of guy he is.”

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    You’ll notice he didn’t say anything about brain power, the most important aspect of the QB position.

  52. Jackson later said his remarks had been taken “out of context” but reminded the horde of reporters present that Newton has already equalled Rusty Lisch’s career TD total.

  53. ezdoesit209 says:Sep 2, 2011 1:37 PM

    It must be “Hate” Friday from the looks of these comments… smh C’mon now people. Why beat up Cam for something someone else said?

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    Because he, like Tim TeBlows, is not an NFL quarterback but hey Bo is relying on all of his experience as an evaluator of NFL quarterbacks…

    If I need a cheap laptop, I will call Cam but otherwise – not so much…

  54. No QB drafted #1 overall who started his rookie year has ever finished with a winning record.

    Ever.

    You can look it up.

  55. And Bo has made more money in the stock market then anyone on this site, so you guys should STFU and listen…

    Cam is scared of what he can’t do, your scared of what he can.

  56. A stronger arm than Marino and Elway combined would mean that he has attached a ROCKET LAUNCHER to his arm, and loads the football in there every play.
    Faster than Michael Vick? Is that why Vick has a faster 40 time?
    Runs harder than Bettis, Jackson, and Earl Campbell? Is he a running back or a quarterback?

    Bo… please take a vow of silence for the rest of your life.

  57. funndamentals says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:05 PM
    Why is it that when a BLACK qb plays bad they say he lacks intelligence? #bias
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    Why is that anytime a black athlete is criticized someone screams racism?

    Are all the people criticizing Ryan Mallett’s intelligence racist against white people?

  58. stoicfan says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:06 PM
    Warren Moon thinks Bo Jackson is racist because he thinks Cam Newton is a better QB than Warren.
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    YES! perfect timing. lmao

  59. Bo was a scary GREAT athlete and great football player and a very good baseball player!

    Cam is a great athlete and at the NFL not a great player and maybe never will be. He’s not even at Dante Culpepper’s level yet and if he continues to run he’ll be a trivia question before too long.

    The Panthers are probably a 5 win team this year.

  60. Makes them scary?

    This is another reason why the NFL is getting serious about concussions and long-lasting effects.

    Be well Bo, be well.

  61. catman72 says:Sep 2, 2011 2:13 PM

    And Bo has made more money in the stock market then anyone on this site, so you guys should STFU and listen…

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    And if I needed someone to manage my investment portfolio then I might call him…

    Objectively evaluating QB talent at the NFL level – well based on the names that he dropped in comparison to CN – MASSIVE FAIL…

  62. Bo was one of the greatest athletes of all time. The way he ran sideways along the outfield wall was straight out of a kung fu movie and had everyone with their jaws dropped in awe. However, he is dumb as a box of rocks and this assessment of Cam didn’t do him or Cam any favors.

    There’s no way Cam lives up to this kind of hype by fellow Auburn “alum” Bo Jackson.

    Also, to the idiot who said the criticism of Cam was racist, have you not read the massive criticism of Tim Tebow????

  63. Vick can dart a laser and thread a needle with a precise flick of his wrist easily. his throwing mechanics are sharp and fast. Newton’ I beg to differ and is terribly inaccurate. Randall Cunningham has all the skills that these modern QB’s aspire to replicate. f$kin Gary Anderson missed that dam field goal against the dirty bird falcons in NFC Champ game.

  64. Clearly Michael David Smith isn’t aware that Bo Jackson hails from Auburn, which not coincidentally is the school from which Cam came as well. The Panthers o-line actually is one of the best in the league, especially run blocking, and Deangelo and J. Stewart are arguably the league’s best RB pair, but Cam will need years of hard work and experience until he warrants this praise.

  65. Hyperbolic? Absolutely. However, I am going to chalk it up to hometown. He trying to talk up fellow Auburn guy.

    Also, the Limbaugh-loving white guys never fail to play the race card when it’s about a black qb. Never fails. And why would anyone compare Shaun King and Akili Smith to players like Cam Newton and Mike Vick. Those guys were pocket passers. They weren’t known for their running ability. They threw for tons of yards in college, in passing offenses. Very different from Cam.

  66. I just wanted to get on this thread in case Mixalot is wrong, which I don’t think he is. But I sure could use $1oo, anytime.

  67. At this stage of the game Bo knows $$$ when he sees it. Physical talent isn’t enough at QB on Sundays. There is not a team in the league that will not laugh if they see him under center. If pressed he will make some plays and lose the game.

  68. I think Newton has potential but Bo isn’t doing him any favors talking him up like this. Carolina has a new coach, new QB and an extremely truncated preseason. Not a good position to be in imho.

    On the plus side, I really can’t see how Newton could do worse than pickle boy did.

  69. realitypolice says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:15 PM
    funndamentals says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:05 PM
    Why is it that when a BLACK qb plays bad they say he lacks intelligence? #bias
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    Why is that anytime a black athlete is criticized someone screams racism?

    Are all the people criticizing Ryan Mallett’s intelligence racist against white people?
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    REALLY? LOL… yea that long line of people calling Ryan Mallet dumb. Give me a break. I said BIAS not RACIST.

    But honestly every Black QB is called dumb and inaccurate. As few as they come in the NFL, but the long list of FAILURE white QBS are never labelled as such.
    #realitymyarse

  70. Realitypolice, let me clean that up for you. According to John Buccigross: No QB drafted 1st overall has had a winning record as a starter in his rookie season in the Super Bowl era. (cumulative record of 49-122)

  71. Bo, Bo, Bo, Bo, Bo. Sorry, but QUICKER THAN VICK!!!?? DISagree. maybe a bit quicker than Young, but Vick is faster than Newton. Newton is bigger and stronger.

  72. bobbyyyd says:
    Sep 2, 2011 12:57 PM
    people love to see black QBS fail. If Cam Newton was white he would be treated like andy dalton. NO ONE WOULD SAY ANYTHING! This is coming from a white dude btw

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    Exactly. I’m not saying Cam is destined for the Hall of Fame, but all of this negativity is over the top.

  73. Cam isn’t even faster than Jake Locker who ran a faster 40 in the combine let alone Mike Vick
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    yeah seriously, here’s the thing, i like Newton’s potential, but to say that he’s fast as Vick isnt really true. Vick is faster and so is Jake Locker. Newton though could be better with his poise and with his passing, he’s not a guy who looks to run first, but he has to work on reading defenses and accuracy.

  74. rc33 says:Sep 2, 2011 12:23 PM

    “…and he’s smarter than Stephen Hawking.”
    How’d he leave that out?

    So much for “Bo knows..”
    I think we can now officially put that slogan to rest.
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    Yeah, but he can run faster than Hawking.

  75. I’ve never seen an NFL quarterback miss throws so badly. If you ask me I though his passing looked awful in the preseason, he was missing guys by 5-10 yards.

    BUST

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