Newton's lofty goals leave NFL searching to uncover motivation
All Cam, all the time. A lot of thoughts today about the ability, future and football focus of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, a big part of
A DOUBLE TWEET QUESTIONING MY 'CONTEXT.'
Originally, I presented it in no light. Simply the quote, followed by the thought that it would make quarterback-needy teams blanch, which it did.
HAL THINKS I'M WRONG.
That's a good point, Hal. And in no way do I think just because he made a statement about wanting to be not only a good football player, but also an entertainer and icon, will it be impossible for him to be a great football player. Not at all. But I do think it's a red flag. At the end of the day, this shouldn't eliminate teams from considering him as a first-round draft pick. It should just make them do the serious kind of homework they need to do ... and to determine if football's the driving force in his life.
HE WOULDN'T PICK NEWTON.
It is a red flag. What was funny in Indianapolis was I heard a lot of people with no quarterback need, like Giants GM Jerry Reese, say the concern about Newton's words was much ado about nothing. The people who are in the quarterback market were concerned -- some of them very much more.
INTERESTING THOUGHTS RE CAM THE QUARTERBACK.
Great e-mail, Brad. I really appreciate your thoughts ... but I have one lingering question. If Newton changed, particularly in those three games, then why he did he run the ball 63 times and throw it 59 times, collectively, against Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama? When I asked NFL people about how much he ran in 2010 -- 262 times, compared to 280 throws -- I know it's something the teams who are in the market for a quarterback are investigating a lot right now.
NEWTON VS. VINCE YOUNG.
Yes, but I also see risk in drafting the other quarterbacks too. A few years ago, Brian Billick had a great line about quarterback-drafting: "There's a 50-percent success rate in drafting quarterbacks high. No matter how much work you do, you can't eliminate the risk.'' I agree that the athleticism of Newton and Young is comparable. But I think Newton is a more accurate thrower, and he was more accurate as a college thrower than Young -- not by much, but he was more accurate.
I DON'T KNOW.
Ian, I wouldn't want a quarterback who was maniacal about his image. I'd want a quarterback who lived his life the same way every day and didn't have to worry about controlling the exact words that come out of his mouth or the exact actions he took every day.
Pretty simple. Newton completed 66 percent of his throws at Auburn. Locker completed 55 percent at Washington.
WE'RE GIVING NEWTON A PASS.
I take it you like Tebow. I think you need to go back and google "Peter King Tim Tebow'' and see if I've been a Tebow-knocker. You might be surprised.