Newton’s QB tutor: Roethlisberger is Cam’s “NFL model”

While Auburn quarterback Cam Newton should use a different role model off the field, his private quarterback tutor George Whitfield says Newton will try to emulate Ben Roethlisberger on the field.

“I think that’s Cam’s NFL model, in that, they are both built like  power-forwards in the NBA,” Whitfield told Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington.  “They’re both winners, they close out games, and they have an ability to extend plays.”

Newton may have dialed Whitfield up, in fact, for his noted work with Roethlisberger in the past.   The comparison is apt.

Many of the questions surrounding Roethlisberger when he came out of college included his inexperience reading defenses.  They are both at their best improvising.  Draft analysts thought Big Ben might be a bit of a project (like Newton), but he wound up playing very well for a rookie quarterback.

There are differences, of course: Newton is clearly a more athletic runner, while Roethlisberger had fewer questions about his deep ball accuracy.

Whitfield believes Newton can take what Roethlisberger does to another level.

“I think Ben is a Hummer, and Cam is a Hummer 2, with racing stripes and a spoiler,” Whitfield said.

44 responses to “Newton’s QB tutor: Roethlisberger is Cam’s “NFL model”

  1. Somehow associating Roethlisburger with the word “Hummer”, seems wrong……Just sayin.

  2. Uh,oh. Newton and his Daddy are about to get a phone call from his agent. I’m sure old Bus is getting an earful about this model stuff from his highness, Lord Favre.

  3. This is too easy to knock so I’ll just say that Cam looks untackable at times, exciting to see what he can do when the dust settles.

  4. dietrich43 says:
    Mar 14, 2011 10:14 AM
    So, Cam wants to post the worst QB rating by a Super Bowl winner?
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    Yeah, I think he’d accept just leading his team to a Super Bowl, let alone win it, in his second year.

  5. dietrich43 says: So, Cam wants to post the worst QB rating by a Super Bowl winner.

    Yes. Key words in your post being “Super Bowl Winner”

  6. I’m one who believe buffalo should take him…there’s enough defense in this draft to take him this year…Let’s go BILLS!!!

  7. Upon being a bust in the NFL, Newton will then choose Charlie Sheen as his Hollywood role model.

  8. So this guy’s saying Roethisberger is a military grade vehicle, meant for combat, and Newton is a re-styled Chevy 1500 whose axles break when it off road? At least is has racing stripes and a spoiler.

  9. wow. this is not good to put him as your role model. seriously…what has ben done? the steelers won the SB’s running the football and playing great defense. A monkey could do that.

    If Ben was on a team with no talent around them i.e. 4skins he would have been cut by now.

  10. dietrich43 says:
    Mar 14, 2011 10:14 AM
    So, Cam wants to post the worst QB rating by a Super Bowl winner?
    ————————————————

    Yes, I’m sure Cam would be very happy with a SB ring, regardless of what his QB rating was.

  11. While on first inspection, the comparison may be apt, I am not sure that Newton has the toughness that Ben possesses. I mean, Ben takes an absolute beating. For all his faults as a QB, Ben plays throw injuries that would sideline many QB’s. I am not sure Newton has that kind of heart.

  12. I agree. Lets see Cammy get a broken nose, get good and bloody, and come back and win the game. I just dont see it. I think he would fold in that situation. IMHO. Ben is a tough son of a gun when it comes to playing football. I think Cammy is a poser.

  13. boysroll says: Mar 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    “seriously…what has ben done? the steelers won the SB’s running the football and playing great defense. A monkey could do that.”

    So then, monkeys are smarter than your Cowboys?

  14. “They’re both winners, they close out games, and they have an ability to extend plays.”

    And only one of them has done these things on the NFL level.

    Just saying.

  15. crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 14, 2011 10:47 AM

    Yes, I’m sure Cam would be very happy with a SB ring, regardless of what his QB rating was.
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    I think everyone can agree that the Steelers didn’t do enough to win the game. The refs won it for them. If you disagree you can check the Top 10 most controversial calls list in the history of the NFL. Several came from that one game and all favored the Steelers. Ben did win a legitimate super bowl so I’ll give him credit on the second one but that first one, there’s something more rotten there than the Spygate tapes being burned without anyone being able to see them.

  16. Hummer 2 is a chick car and not really a Hummer.

    Ahnold would not be caught dead in a Hummer 2.

  17. A QB is judged by his overall performance in general AND his championships, not his performance in 3 games. Yes, SB XL Ben stunk it up. He played average in SB XLIII and he seemed to be the only Steeler interested in playing in SB XLV.

    Still, he lead his team through the entire season and to the SB 3 times. More than both Mannings combined, more that Breese and big Manning combined and more than Marino. Plus, Ben is on pace for a Hall of Fame career and breaking all of the Steelers’ passing stats, easily.

    You cannot judge a QB by one poor performance and two average performances in Super Bowls. Look at his total product. Any QB would give their right arm to be in Ben’s shoes and most teams are kicking themselves for not biting on the Ben trade bait hung during the draft.

  18. boysroll: you can say that any pro bowl QB would struggle on a team that was horrible, but your statement that Ben didn’t help the STEELERS WIN 2 SUPER BOWLS is asinine. In both seasons he played great and was even better in the playoffs to carry the team to the Super Bowls. You must have forgotten about that beautiful pass in the back corner of the end zone to Santonio that won the Super Bowl. Keep rooting for whatever losers you call your own and keep hating the Steelers and Ben and we’ll keep winning.

  19. The folks behind Cam don’t seem to adroit with the whole image thing. Regardless of personal opinions, Roethlisberger is a divisive figure based on what happened in the previous off-season. When your guy is someone that has an image problem, that’s not the comparison you want to draw (even if it’s meant in a football sense).

  20. dietrich43 says:

    “So, Cam wants to post the worst QB rating by a Super Bowl winner?”

    Much better than posting the best QB rating by a Super Bowl loser…

  21. @cup1981

    I have to agree with everything you said. I don’t like roethlisberger at all or the steelers, in fact I think he is a ass. But to not give the guy credit for what he has accomplished is ridiculous to me. He’s a winner and he always makes huge plays when they need him too. Like the td pass to holmes in the sb for example. Who gives a crap about what his qb rating is or how Many yards he throws for. What’s important is he makes the BIG plays and wins big games.

  22. Having spent entirely too much time driving, sleeping in, manning crew-serve weapons on, and hunched over a computer in HMMWVs, I stilll think I’d rather have one of those than one of those H2s that basically just scream penile insecurity.

    The comparison is apt, because as far as QBing ability goes at the NFL level, I’d much rather have Big Ben. He’s a superior QB, and the gap in running ability isn’t big enough to warrant giving up all the passing superiority Ben has.

  23. Considering Hummer is out of business, racing stripes and spoilers do nothing to make the vehicle perform any better, then yeah, the analogy may be right.

  24. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 14, 2011 11:19 AM

    So then, monkeys are smarter than your Cowboys?

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    Yes sir; the Monkees are smarter than my Cowgirls and will be until Jerrah hires a football person to be the GM…

  25. boysroll says:
    Mar 14, 2011 10:45 AM
    wow. this is not good to put him as your role model. seriously…what has ben done? the steelers won the SB’s running the football and playing great defense. A monkey could do that.
    ================================
    There are about 28 teams out there looking for a good monkey to replace their quarterbacks.

  26. Really?

    so this guy WANTS Cam to have one of the worst QB ratings for Superbowls? or to cost his team the Superbowl win? or to be a loser-limpin-drama-queen?

  27. His draft stock was plummeting so his handlers decided to start pushing the Rothburger comparison.

  28. Well, congrats, eagleswin. You’re allowed to smacktalk about SBXL. But I’m not allowed to smacktalk back. Must be nice to have a fellow Eagles fan in the home office.

  29. BTW, guys, Apocalypse Now … very famous movie. Most famous line from that movie: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” People commonly take off on that line. You might want to check out some of these pop culture references … then you’ll realize they’re not scary.

  30. Some of these comments about Ben have to be jokes. I understand not liking him as a person but you can’t argue 2 superbowl wins and top 10 all time in QB rating and yards per attempt. Usually while running for his life behind a terrible offensive line on every play.

  31. “It was bad enough when that fat ugly white guy dropped his pants and said ‘hummer’, but then his friend came in and his thing had these wierd stripes and some kind of growth on the top, and he said ‘hummer, too’.

  32. Comparing Cam with Ben is like comparing apples and oranges. Won’t improve his draft status and is probably more detrimental than help.

  33. @eagleswin …

    I love the smell of bitterness on the football blog. Gotta suck being the only team in your division without a Lombardi and looking across the state to see six in Pittsburgh. Poor thing 😆

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