Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski threw too much material at him during Chudzinski's two seasons with the team.
Newton won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2011 -- the same year that Chudzinski took over the job -- but the quarterback said he and the coach were "always butting heads" over the workload.
“[Chudzinski] 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," said Newton. "I didn’t want to learn it, and I was always trying to complain about the workload.”
Newton recalls telling the staff at one point, "‘Y’all putting in too many plays. We only can run one play!’”
Chudzinski became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2013, but was fired at the end of the season. He is currently serving as a special assistant to Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano.
Newton made the Pro Bowl in both 2011 and 2013. Last season, the Panthers went 12-4 before falling to the 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
- Molly Geary