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Cam Newton says Rob Chudzinski made it harder than necessary

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It was popular sport to make fun of Cam Newton before he was drafted, when he stumbled over Jon Gruden’s mouthful of play-calls on a television show.

But Newton admitted that the Panthers were asking too much of him in his early years, and that he feels much more comfortable now.

Newton told former General Manager Marty Hurney on his radio show on ESPN 730 that things were overcomplicated under former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

“It kind of was a learning curve, especially when you was here, with having coach Chudzinski,” Newton told Hurney, via Black and Blue Review. “He opened the floodgates with material right from the jump. I didn’t like it then because coming from a hand signal philosophy from Auburn, it was kind of force-feeding a kid with carrots. I didn’t want to learn it, and I was always trying to complain about the workload.”

Newton still piled up big numbers, and it helped Chudzinski get the Browns head coaching job (at least for a year), but it was a lot of pressure on the young quarterback.

“It was too much. ‘Y’all putting in too many plays. We only can run one play!’” Newton recalled saying then. “Me and coach Chudzinski were always butting heads with the workload because I came from a system that was look to the sideline and play — fast. Make plays.”

Of course, some folks realized that Chudzinski was making it more complicated than it had to be at the time, but Newton being so candid about it now underscores how bad it was.

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54 Responses to “Cam Newton says Rob Chudzinski made it harder than necessary”
  1. boomnutz says: Aug 5, 2014 9:10 AM

    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?

  2. gonzagylot00 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:10 AM

    A number of Panthers, including Steve Smith have spoken out against Chud after he left, there’s some hard feelings there for some reason.

  3. Bob says: Aug 5, 2014 9:12 AM

    But your buddy, P-King Duck, said Cam had matured on the basis of apologizing to Mr. Coffee and Youth Sports. Throwing your former offensive coordinator under the bus is real mature.

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:17 AM

    Oh noes, they actually want me to work hard at the highest professional level.

    SMH

  5. abninf says: Aug 5, 2014 9:17 AM

    Especially when you was here. ‘Y’all putting in too many plays. Today’s education system on display.

  6. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Aug 5, 2014 9:20 AM

    Mmm sounds like Chud is playing with Legos and Cam and Smith are still wrestling with the concept of Duplos.

  7. heisthejuan says: Aug 5, 2014 9:20 AM

    Anyone else not shocked that Cam struggled with the mental side of the game?

  8. metalhead65 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:32 AM

    you have to love all American qb’s who come out of college hyped as the greatest ever then complain about being given to much to do and over worked as a rookie. guess what cam you are not in college any more! you are a first round draft pick chosen by a lousy football team to turn them around. if you are not up to the job maybe you should not have all they hype behind you and yes you could have stopped it. I haven’t heard Johnny Football complain about how tough it is learning the playbook and shnahan is not known for simple plays. you were not complaining when you piled up those stats you had the first year.

  9. matt1mck says: Aug 5, 2014 9:33 AM

    You forgot to mention that Cam said looking back on it, it helped him in the future. Cam went from very simple offensive scheme calls to something much more complicated, so obviously it would have been shocking to him initially.

  10. notthetroll says: Aug 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?

    One of these guys is not like the other….one of these guys just doesn’t belong.

  11. gtownbengals says: Aug 5, 2014 9:37 AM

    “It was too much. ‘Y’all putting in too many plays. We only can run one play!’”…….no DC would have figured that out after one series. I can hear the “I was misunderstood in the interview” train coming.

  12. eldarknight says: Aug 5, 2014 9:39 AM

    Four years of college and he can’t articulate a coherent sentence. Your education tax dollars at work.

  13. patfic5 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    The NFL is a game played between the ears. Sorry Cam. Not for everybody.

  14. bbb82 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    I like Cam a lot, but come on. You’re the #1 pick and a professional now. Step it up and learn how to study.

  15. qdog112 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    I’m the biggest Cam fan, but this is just bad form. Chud is gone, leave it alone. You had great numbers, now you’re making it sound like you needed the offense DUMBED-DOWN for you.

    That’s not good for anyone to admit, even though we know it’s always done for rookies. Next we’ll hear the “taken out of context” apology-nonapology.

    It might also help change perception if you didn’t use the words “you” and “was” together. That can make anyone appear less than intelligent.

  16. andyreidsgut says: Aug 5, 2014 9:56 AM

    The reason why Cam will never be an “elite” (as much as I hate that word) QB….lacks intelligence.

  17. JackedUpSports says: Aug 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    Cam you need those carrots so you can see who you’re throwing to!

  18. TheDPR says: Aug 5, 2014 10:03 AM

    “I’m not a smart man.”

    I would feel bad for him if he wasn’t a multi-millionaire.

  19. pilot2011 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:10 AM

    still won Rookie of the Year.

    And if you think about it, it really was SO much to put on Cam that year. It’s one thing to learn an entire playbook for a typical QB, but Cam had twice that because of the designated running plays as well.

    Face it haters, Cam Newton changed the quarterback position. That rookie season led to the 49ers deciding to start Kap, Seahawks drafting Wilson, Redskins drafting RG3, Buffalo drafting EJ Manuel, and now the Browns getting Johnny.

    Not to mention countless of high school teams nationwide now putting their best all-around athlete at QB… That 6’5″ player that everyone envisioned as a freak Defensive End, is now playing under center.

  20. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:11 AM

    WHAT?? A player said something open AND honest?? AND it agrees with what most people were saying at the time and after the fact anyways??

    BURN HIM!!

    You gripe and complain when you get canned answers and you gripe and complain when you get honest ones.

  21. socatra says: Aug 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    Bill Walsh when he coached his quarterbacks always simplified things, he focused on teaching the fundamentals of being a QB and the core of the play book and then adding layers to that.

  22. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 5, 2014 10:27 AM

    Jamarcus East.

  23. gridirondre says: Aug 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    For all these guys killing Cam for his comments, you’re all just looking for something else to talk bad about. Peyton didn’t start his rookie year and neither did Brady. Wilson started but had the simplest offense ever! You guys are all acting like picking up a new NFL package in two months as a rookie who, if I remember correctly, wasn’t part of the full offseason program and can only obtain the playbook after a certain period. Chud was dumb for how he went about his philosophy which is probably why he’s not a HC any longer. With all that being said, Cam still came in and dominated statistically and if the coaching staff and defense would’ve been then what they are now, Cam would have more trips to the playoffs and talked about as the best young QB.

    I really wish people would let go of Wilson’s jock so tough. He has a top 3 RB behind him that carries that offense, especially vs that bad boy division. Not too mention one of the best defenses in a very long time. That’s exactly why they keep making it a priority to boost up the run game and keep that defense deep. His level of importance to that team is nowhere near where Cam’s is at.

  24. garyridgway says: Aug 5, 2014 10:39 AM

    “It kind of was a learning curve, especially when you was here, with having coach Chudzinski,” Newton told Hurney, via Black and Blue Review. “He opened the floodgates with material right from the jump. I didn’t like it then because coming from a hand signal philosophy from Auburn, it was kind of force-feeding a kid with carrots. I didn’t want to learn it, and I was always trying to complain about the workload.”

    Wow, he doesn’t sound uneducated at all….”kind of was”, “you was”.

    He doesn’t sound entitled either….. ” I didn’t like it then because coming from a hand signal philosophy from Auburn, it was kind of force-feeding a kid with carrots. I didn’t want to learn it, and I was always trying to complain about the workload.”

    He may have tons of talent but his personality makes me shake my head.

  25. uglydingo says: Aug 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    abninf says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:17 AM
    Especially when you was here. ‘Y’all putting in too many plays. Today’s education system on display.

    Y’all is a beautiful Southern expression, clearly understood by Southerners. In various parts of the US, regional expressions are commonly used. Cam using the term to a fellow Southerner doesn’t make him an idiot or poorly educated. He was just being natural communicating with commonly understood colloquial expression.
    Yankees need to show some respect to Southern language and culture. Y’all might learn something.

  26. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    andyreidsgut said: “The reason why Cam will never be an “elite” (as much as I hate that word) QB….lacks intelligence.”

    Keep in mind that Cam’s Wonderlic score of “21” is a very typical professional QB score. It’s also much higher than elite Hall of Famers like Dan Marino, Terry Bradshaw, and Jim Kelly who all scored “15.”

    – Titans Fan

  27. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    If he had said the exact opposite or given an empty answer:

    “If Cam can’t recognize and own up to what was painfully obvious to everyone during his rookie season, he obviously hasn’t matured as much as MMQB tried to lead us to believe.”

    Hey… it’s like I can twist whatever he says into the same pointless gripe no matter what his actual statement was.

  28. pilot2011 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    wow, forgot about not having an off season in 2011 too… That just makes what Cam did that year even more remarkable.

  29. tigersfandan says: Aug 5, 2014 10:58 AM

    But Newton admitted that the Panthers were asking too much of him in his early years, and that he feels much more comfortable now.
    ____________________________________

    Admitted? This sounds more like throwing someone else under the bus.

  30. jameswhorton80 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:58 AM

    It’s funny how so many are quick to talk about Cam’s educational level or how he articulates himself, really? He’s entitled to his opinion just as everyone else is entitled to have an opinion. Chud proved himself to be a burden in Carolina, period! Most of these negative comments are made by individuals who have never been athletes, out of shape, lazy office workers, who type on computers all day, munching on snacks. It’s difficult for any rookie, especially a QB to learn an NFL offensive system. It’s tons of information to cram on top of working out with rigorous training. He deserves to be commended on the great work he did his rookie season on top of the great work he still does for this organization. Some systems are overly complicated and difficult when they need not to be. There is a reason Chud was fired after only one year as a head coach and Cam still has his job.

  31. sb44champs says: Aug 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    boomnutz says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:10 AM
    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?
    ===========================
    Oh, you must’ve meant “Drew Brees”, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning…. along with Aaron Rogers these 4 are the only ‘elite’ QBs in the NFL

  32. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    notthetroll says: Aug 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?

    One of these guys is not like the other….one of these guys just doesn’t belong.

    —————

    I understand that Russell’s body of work is decades behind Manning and Brady, but he’s clearly a sharp guy, who understands the mental part of the game… Pretty sure that was his point.

  33. sb44champs says: Aug 5, 2014 11:05 AM

    “especially when you was here”
    ==========================
    There’s that Auburn education that we all know..

  34. chaney13 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:09 AM

    Hey, Cam, you still have time to switch careers. Maybe you can become a dishwasher, that ** probably ** won’t be too complicated for you at such a young and tender age.

  35. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:12 AM

    Did any of those guys come into a worst place team with no camp AND the toughest schedule?

    Didn’t think so.

  36. osiris33 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:17 AM

    notthetroll says:
    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?

    One of these guys is not like the other….one of these guys just doesn’t belong.
    ———————–
    You’re right. Manning is washed up.

    And thank you Cam Newton for showing us why you’ll never be great, why you’ll never win anything at the NFL level, and why Russell Wilson is so much better than you will ever be.

  37. jhncpps1 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:21 AM

    gridirondre says:Aug 5, 2014 10:28 AM

    For all these guys killing Cam for his comments, you’re all just looking for something else to talk bad about. Peyton didn’t start his rookie year and neither did Brady. Wilson started but had the simplest offense ever!
    __________________________________

    Actually Peyton started every game of his career up until the next surgery. But his rookie year he had a 3-13 record and had the most interceptions a rookie QB has ever had…so there is definately a steep learning curve to playing QB in the NFL

  38. jbro2k14 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:25 AM

    remember he was learning the offense with a serious shorten offseason due to the strike as a rookie nonetheless

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 5, 2014 11:36 AM

    Being force fed with carrots, Newt whinnied his disapproval and began kicking at the stall door.

  40. bigblu73 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:41 AM

    What would Brady or Manning do?

    First of all Brady couldn’t get off the bench so rookie QB comments and Brady have ZERO relevance!!! And your Lawd & Savior PMANNING was too busy throwing INT’S breaking the rookie INT record!!!

    Now that we have gotten that out of the way…..
    Of course it would be too much considering in 2011 THEY HAD NO OTA’S IDIOTS!!!! CAM’S ROOKIE SEASON WAS ONE FOR THE AGES, FACE IT HATERS!!!! HE RE-WROTE THE HISTORY BOOKS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!!! Came into the league with NO OTA’S and started his career off with BACK 2 BACK 400+ YARD GAMES!!! Something your Lawd & Savior Brady didn’t accomplish until later in 2011!!! Lol

    But, I know I know, IT WAS ALL PURE ATHLETIC ABILITY, RIGHT?

    ITS 2014 AND SOME FOLKS ARE STILL IGNORANT AND RACIST AND DONT EVEN KNOW IT!!!!

  41. micknangold says: Aug 5, 2014 11:45 AM

    Brady may never have played if Bledsoe didn’t get hurt.

  42. kj777 says: Aug 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    I think he was just being honest. He was micro-managed. The upside is he still did pretty good, dispite being micro-managed. If he doesn’t like the guy and says so he’s being honest. I think that’s refreshing for a change.

  43. ravenswhat says: Aug 5, 2014 12:27 PM

    Wahhhh too much homework!!! He sounds like every other millennial I work with that complain or give you strange looks anytime you ask them to get something done above and beyond their scope of work.

  44. onlysane1intheroom says: Aug 5, 2014 12:45 PM

    micknangold says:
    Aug 5, 2014 11:45 AM
    Brady may never have played if Bledsoe didn’t get hurt.

    ______________________

    Don’t agree. Brady moved up the depth chart that summer. Bledsoe was never high on BB’s list. Would’ve taken maybe 4-5 losses that year and BB would’ve yanked him for TB.

  45. junkmtb says: Aug 5, 2014 1:06 PM

    Panthers my team but I need Newton to shutup and be ready to make big plays this season! He’s gotten too comfortable with the media here lately…………

  46. cincyalldaway says: Aug 5, 2014 1:16 PM

    boomnutz says:
    Aug 5, 2014 9:10 AM
    What would Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning say if their coaches “gave them too much”?

    ===============================
    Wilson is a game manager, nothing more. you don’t need a Harvard education to hand the ball off 8 out of 10 plays! Cam’s a moron! And a lazy moron at that. “I didn’t like it and i didn’t want to learn it”. Sounds like a little kid throwing a temper tantrum in front of his mother!

  47. ncarolinabluze says: Aug 5, 2014 1:22 PM

    For context, Cam was being asked pointed questions by the GM that was in charge during his time with Chud. Cam wasn’t voluntarily throwing people under the bus. Furthermore, he was being candid, which we all want more of, and his opinion is shared by many of the veterans and others in the organization who were there at the time.
    So he said “was” instead of “were”? Like he’s the only football player to misspeak. The force-feeding carrot line is actually a great analogy.

    Cam was drafted by a 2-14 team during a lockout year, given no WRs, but has been wildly successful despite Chud and despite ya’ll haters.

  48. margegundersonbrainerd says: Aug 5, 2014 1:44 PM

    No disrespect intended, we all have the intelligence with which we’re born; we don’t have a lot of control over that, any more than does Newton.

    What we can control is our level of effort, and our willingness to overcome learning disabilities or other limitations. Newton acknowledges he’s no Einstein, and that he initially resented the extra effort required to compete in the NFL. That, combined with a poor match for a coach, caused many of the adjustment problems his rookie year.

    Newton owns up to his part in any underachieving, and now seems to grasp the level of effort required for NFL success, including working with his own limitations.

    Best wishes for a relatively injury-free season, Cam, maybe we’ll face you in the NFC championship game some year soon.

    Go Seahawks!

  49. dalcow4 says: Aug 5, 2014 2:32 PM

    Newton will likely never be elite in this league.

  50. imsparta says: Aug 5, 2014 3:09 PM

    All the nay sayers here have never played football at a high level or coached. There are very few professional QB’s that have stepped in their rookie year as a starter and performed well.

    Plus there were no OTA’s in Cam’s rookie year. Chud was an idiot if he thought ANY college quarterback could step into a new complicated scheme and understand it right away. I don’t care how smart they are. Until there is an understanding of the offensive schemes that trigger an immediate mental and physical reaction it’s not going to click.

    What Cam did his rookie year was remarkable – and I’m not even a big Cam supporter…

    Get real.

  51. CKL says: Aug 5, 2014 3:31 PM

    theparadoxx82 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 10:11 AM
    WHAT?? A player said something open AND honest?? AND it agrees with what most people were saying at the time and after the fact anyways??

    BURN HIM!!

    You gripe and complain when you get canned answers and you gripe and complain when you get honest ones.
    _______________________________
    I want my leaders to lie to put a good face on things publicly. Nothing makes me despise a QB more than his publicly badmouthing former or current teammates and coaches. It’s one reason I loathe Peyton Manning and always will and several other QBs as well. It’s immature and blame spreading. True leaders NEVER do that…never. They work on problems and issues privately and take the blame publicly. ALWAYS. He needs to learn from Delhomme on that score, and ASAP.

  52. renaldorae says: Aug 5, 2014 6:38 PM

    were did Cam go with his play and were is chudzinki now? Chuck Daly had a school of coaching that said make the plays easy to understand and when you find plays that work stick to them until your opponent stops them. something can be said for working smart and not hard. Some coaches think that because your in the pros its got to be complicated. thinking in sports slows reaction time thats why you practice. with that said cam still needs to have better red zone efficiency and look to the TE more you cant always run the ball in or hand it to the runner

  53. bigblu73 says: Aug 5, 2014 7:51 PM

    dalcow4 says:
    Aug 5, 2014 2:32 PM
    Newton will likely never be elite in this league.
    ********************************************************************************************

    In his rookie year, Newton broke numerous rookie and all-time NFL records for passing and running the ball. He became the first rookie quarterback to throw for 400 yards in his first game, shattering Peyton Manning’s record by 120 yards. He also broke Otto Graham’s 61-year-old record for passing yards by any quarterback in an NFL debut.[4] Newton would go on to become the first rookie quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season,[5] as well as the first rookie QB to rush for 700 yards.[6] He also ran for 14 touchdowns, more in a single season than any quarterback in NFL history, breaking Steve Grogan’s 35-year-old record.

    2nd most passing yards by a rookie in a game (432), September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers
    2nd most passing yards by a rookie in a season (4,051), 2011
    First rookie in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in back to back games, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[66]
    First rookie in NFL history to throw for 10 touchdowns and run for 10 touchdowns in a season.
    First rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
    Most total touchdowns by a rookie NFL player: 35 (21 pass, 14 rush).
    2nd most rushing yards by a rookie quarterback: 706
    Along with Andy Dalton, the two make the first pair of rookie QB’s to make the Pro Bowl.
    Most total yards by a rookie quarterback: 4,784.
    Records[edit]
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in debut game (422), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
    Most passing yards by a quarterback in first two games (854), September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[67]
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first career start, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals
    Sixth quarterback to throw for 400+ yards in back to back games
    First quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 400 yards in first two career starts, September 11, 2011 vs. Arizona Cardinals and September 18, 2011 vs. Green Bay Packers[66]
    Fastest player to throw for 1,000 yards (at Arizona Cardinals, vs. Green Bay Packers, and vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
    First player in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns and five passing touchdowns in his first five games[68]
    Most rushing touchdowns in single season by a quarterback (14), achieved on December 4, 2011 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Second player in NFL history with 20+ pass TDs and 10+ rush TDs in a season, joining Kordell Stewart (’97)
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards and 10+ rush TDs in a season
    First player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards and 500+ rush yards in a season
    Had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the same game eight times, tying the NFL single-season record – previously accomplished by Steve Grogan of the New England Patriots in 1976 and Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings in 2002
    Twenty-fifth NFL player (and first quarterback) to have 20 rushing TDs in first two seasons
    First QB in NFL history with at least 500 yards rushing in first two seasons
    First player in NFL history to have over 250 passing yards and over 100 rushing yards with a passing TD and rushing TD in a game (vs. Falcons on September 12, 2012 – 287 yards passing & 2 TDs, 116 yds rushing & 1 TD)
    First player to have 30 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs in first two seasons
    Highest average yards of total offense, career (293.7)
    Second player in NFL history with 7,500+ pass yards and 40+ pass TDs in first two seasons, joining Peyton Manning (’99)
    Second most combined passing & rushing yards through his first 37 starts in NFL history (behind Kurt Warner)
    First player in NFL history with 50 passing TDs and 25 Rushing TDs in his first three seasons
    First player with 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first three seasons
    ****************************************************************************************

    Yeah, your right, ABSOLUTELY ZERO EVIDENCE of him having the credentials lending credibility to Cam being considered an ELITE QB!!!!! LOL

    If Andrew Luck had these stats they would already be working on his Bust for Canton!!!!

  54. jimmygrappone says: Aug 5, 2014 9:51 PM

    Remember Cam’s unprecedented success his rookie season despite not having the playbook to study or the chance to work with his teammates at OTAs bc of the lockout? I remember Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil being quoted in the Charlotte Observer that year saying they had to learn more than twice as much in way less time under Chud. Chud’s offensive philosophy was based too much on trickery and Carolina always played better when they ran a more traditional set of plays. Until 5 or 6 years ago, it was extremely uncommon for rookie QBs to start bc of the complexity and speed of the NFL game vs college. Even going from the SEC t the NFL is like jumping from Double-A ball to the big leagues. Give Cam a break and some credit for being honest and forgive his country grammar. Everyone out there doesn’t speak proper English 24/7, especially conversationally. And all you haters can Wunderlick my…

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