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Steve Smith Told Cam Newton to Stop Sulking on The Bench

by Robert Littal | Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012
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I am not going to repeat what I just wrote about Cameron Newton’s sulking during losses. If you want you can read it here.

The problem is that it isn’t just fans and media who are noticing it is his teammates and that can have a long reaching effect in a negative way.

Steve Smith had some strong words for Cameron.

“I watched D.A. and Jimmy (Clausen), they don’t play in 20-something games last year. And they get up and they observe and learn and get those mental reps,” Smith said. “I told him, ‘You can get some mental reps or you can sit on that bench and sulk.’”

“Cam Newton has a very unique opportunity to be a franchise quarterback to an organization that needs one,” Smith said. “Statistics don’t lie. Athletic quarterbacks, they either excel or they fail. And I told Cam that.

“This is an opportunity for him to learn – at that time they were benching him – and observe. They put D.A. in. You can sit there, if this is the worst is going to get you’re in for a long day and this is not what it’s about.”

Steve Smith for a crazy person makes a lot of sense.

Hopefully, Cameron listened to what he had to say and didn’t just brush it off. Look no further than to Vince Young to see how quickly things can turn on a franchise quarterback.

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  1. Robert says:

    He had better get used to it. Last year he was more or less playing school yard football. This year that’s not going to fly. Defenses have had a look at him throughout last years games, and its going to be very different for him this season. Speaking of defenses, he does not read the coverages very well. He has all the physical gifts, but it remains to be seen whether he’s capable of the finer points of his position. Personally, I believe he will go the way of Vince Young. Young did not have the necessary skills to grasp a complicated play book, and I don’t see Newton as being any more capable of it either….

    • Eric says:

      Good observation. He certainly does remind one of Vince Young. From his style of play, ability to run, and his overall disposition. His head coach basically threw out the play book and let him play a college style offense last year. Of course the NFL isn’t the college ranks and teams soon zeroed in on his weaknesses resulting in shutting him down. If as you say he is incapable of reading defenses and coverages, then he will have a career of mediocrity. Time will tell, but I tend to agree with you.

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