[quote name='MHS831']#10 Reason: He stole from teammates' lockers at Florida[/quote]
Wow. This is a new one. More rumor no doubt.
[quote]#9 Reason: He had a stolen laptop[/quote]
Lets see... he was a young kid
hanging with a bad influence who actually DID steal the laptop. And he was never convicted of anything related to this.
Again, innocent until PROVEN guilty is how we are supposed to operate. And even at that, using minor mistakes in youth as a measuring stick, there are TONS of great NFL players who wouldn't have made it in the NFL. Hell, there are NFL players who are convicted felons.
Fortunately, the NFL doesn't care what a small group of close minded people's views are on subjective morality towards punishment of minor issues.
[quote]#8 Reason: He threw it away AFTER police took the serial number[/quote]
Again, young kid, never been in SERIOUS (meaning felony) trouble. Had his whole future flash before him, and he made a poor judgement call.
How many times have any of us, NFL players included, turned left when we should have turned right?
[quote]#7 Reason: He was accused of cheating at UF 4 times[/quote]
Accused... aka... rumor. There is no evidence
for this at all.
So almost HALF of your top ten is either unsubstantiated rumor or has no impact on him as a NFL player.
These "Character Issues" have been brought to light by media outlets associated with rival SEC schools since Auburn became the #1 BCS team. It stinks of politics, and perhaps something deeper.
Again, none of this has any impact on his ability to perform in the NFL, or his work ethic as a player or a leader on the field.
[quote]#6 Reason: We should not have to pay someone up to $50 million to see if they can read defenses[/quote]
#1. The Union and League have already agreed that any future CBA WILL have a Rookie wage scale. The dollar amount you are quoting is invalid.
#2. Indy's people said he was "Perfect" in reading defenses and making reads, so this whole point is moot. Anyone who says he was a "one read" QB is uneducated, and ignorant to how he played last year at Auburn.
[quote]#5 Reason: NCAA investigation still on-going concerning severe violations[/quote]
Even if it is proven that there was a pay-for-play scheme HE was involved in, it has NOTHING
to do with his future as an NFL player.
And to that point, there is no current "evidence" supporting any allegations, except, a Radio Host for an SEC rival claiming he has some, but has yet to release it.
Case in point: Reggie Bush. His Super Bowl ring is his for life.
[quote]#4 Reason: 11 for 21 (52%) completion rate at Indy with no wind, no rush, no coverage.[/quote]
Many top QBs have had poor completion rates at combines and gone on to be monsters in real play.
And to that point, his majority of problems was with "out" routes. He said himself that timing was a problem, and he'll work on it.
He had near-record setting passing, including completion percentages at Auburn, to receivers that aren't elite by any stretch. The kid CAN make accurate throws.
[quote]#3 Reason: 50 for 60 at his own pro day. Timing was a little off, and he rehearsed.[/quote]
See above. Same routes were giving him problems. It may just take more than a couple weeks of practice to get down.
[quote]#2 Reason: Running QBs don't last long in NFL. He will resort to running. Take his runs out of his highlight videos and see what you have left--above average, no more.[/quote]
He is not a running QB. You're stereo typing him by completely ignoring what he did in the passing game at Auburn.
He's a dual-threat QB.
[quote]#1 Reason: All of the previos factors make giving this guy up to $50 million and the keys to the car a tremendous risk that is seen by people with average to high levels of intelligence.[/quote]
Ignoring facts, or inserting irrelevancies doesn't make you "intelligent". It makes you biased.
With a rookie wage scale coming FOR SURE, and a the worst QB play in the history of our franchise last year, anyone with any "intelligence" is going to see the upside Newton has and jump at the chance to see what he can do.
[quote]Yes he has upside, we get it. But when risk outweighs reward, don't take the risk. Sorry for the fact that others' opinions do not agree with yours. Focus on what you want and not what others want, but respect the fact the we were all given indvidual brains and are entitled to an opinion. We see your points and have known them for some time. You choose to ignore the red flags and how these concerns have forshadowed problems and are not precursers to the Pro Bowl. [/quote]
When you don't LIKE someone, facts are irrelevant. So far, the BIGGEST factor in people not wanting Cam is emotional.... not factual.
If you guys would just man up and say "I don't like him." instead of trying to play the "I'm a football genius and say it is so." card, when the real FACTS don't agree with what you're sating, the Cam-Supporters could respect your issues with him a little more.
[quote]There is upside, we get it. But there are huge risks concerning character, mechanics, and football intelligence.[/quote]
No. There isn't. And I've pretty much shot down ALL your points in your vain effort to prove there is.
[quote]The fact that you have not
interviewed him, looked into his background, or seen him break down a defense and still want him tells me a lot.[/QUOTE]
And neither have you.
But I can safely say Rivera and Hurney have started the vetting process, and with that, Cam's been invited to come workout with the team privately and has a private meeting scheduled.
Fortunately, our GM and HC are looking at this more intelligently, and less emotionally than our Cam-Hate-Club posters on this board.
Edited by blackcatgrowl, 11 March 2011 - 12:25 AM.