Video: Jon Gruden Attempting to Kill Cam Newton’s Draft Stock | Robert Littal Presents BlackSportsOnline

Video: Jon Gruden Attempting to Kill Cam Newton’s Draft Stock

by Robert Littal | Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011
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I am pretty confident that the Carolina Panthers are going to draft Cameron Newton.

I am confident no matter what happens that Newton won’t be JaMarcus Russell.

Beyond that, I would be very uneasy with handing the franchise keys over to him.  This has nothing to do with his smile, him getting his hands on other people’s laptops, getting the answer key to tests, or his father being Creflo Dollar.

My main concern is strictly on the field.  In the NFL, athletic ability at the quarterback position can only get you so far.  Your ability to process information, read defenses, move inside the pocket, keep your head up while being rushed, being poised and confident are much more important than your 40 times.

A lot of those skills can’t be taught— you have to want to learn them, you have to have the desire to put in the work and you can’t already assume you are good enough.

Time will tell if Cameron has those intangibles, but Jon Gruden illustrates in this video one thing: that Cam has a long way to go just from the logistics side of it to being an effective NFL quarterback (nice outfit Cam is rocking if you want to look at it glass half full).

It is much more complicated than just seeing the number “36” and running a play.  This isn’t something that just Cam will have to deal with, but a lot of rookie quarterbacks will have to deal with. It is one of the reasons it is so difficult for college quarterbacks who come from spread and simplistic offenses to have immediate success in the NFL.

They are used to one read and run, whereas an NFL play may have up to five reads with multiple hot routes and adjustments on the fly.

I have a better analogy than Jon Gruden’s going to France one.

Imagine dating a pretty girl in college and your favorite restaurant as a couple is Johnny Rockets.  The menu is pretty easy to digest.  After college, your girlfriend goes on a Mormon mission (BYU Honor Code), and you meet an older more mature one who takes you to Che Che Lebeouf restaurant.

You are still hungry, but you don’t know what to order— so your first instinct is to drink water, get a salad and as soon as your drop her off, you go to Johnny Rockets.

But you can only eat burgers, fries and shakes for so long— if you are the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, you better learn to eat creme brulee.

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  1. sandra says:

    You just wrote this up for attention right? It's a lot of words saying nothing but regurgitated stuff already played over a million and one times..You either too late for the party or a typical black man feeding off the his own for his selfish gain.

  2. STFU MAN says:

    What? Rev. Shapton is that you?

  3. htownblkgolfr says:

    Damn, why u gots to be so hard on RL do u go on the white website that protray Cam as a thug or whatever . Like guy wrote about Cam from yahoo sports ? .

  4. Shambi8 says:

    Cams dad=Creflo Dollar…genius! Lmao!

  5. Abdul says:

    We have to remember this about Gruden. As a head coach, Gruden has never developed a young stud QB. His success with QBs as a head coach is with journeyman-style QBs (Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson). Is there legitimate concern about Newton on the fieid? Absolutely. Gruden can give Newton just so much behind the table. It is going to be a different world when he gets to the league. I am rooting like crazy for Newton. I would love for my hometown Bills to draft him, even though I believe Carolina will choose him 1st overall.

  6. Robert Littal says:

    Ummmm..I wrote it because it speaks to one of the challenges not just cameron will have but all young qbs will have. Pretty clear

  7. Robert Littal says:

    I root for all players to succeed don't want anyone to fail, he has the talent we will see if he has the dedication

  8. Mehrens says:

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