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#1 MattB

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:51 AM

Tony Softli who obviously was with the Panthers back in the day wrote an interesting piece on Cam and his intangibles pretty much refuting what Nawrocki wrote...

Ive finished my homework on Cam Newton's Character several weeks ago. I spoke with sources at Florida and Auburn whom I've known for over 15 years, also Auburn campus sources outside of the athletic department as well as local business sources and High School recruiting sources that dealt with Cam in Atlanta, Georgia were he grew up. These are the words used to describe Cam Newton over and over again; Has some immaturity only because he is still young; Great Kid; Always Smiling; Good Mental Toughness; Very Focused; Trustworthy; Very Good Leadership Qualities; Prepares hard (but will need to improve for next level) and Preforms Exceptionally Well; Good Person; Personality is a Magnet and extremely contagious. I didn't get a call back from Blinn College! Yes, he made some serious mistakes as a youth that are well documented at Univ. of Florida, has learned and matured from those set backs. As one Auburn source told me, after the Cecil Newton news hit, Cam pulled his teammates together showing great leadership.

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#2 teeray

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:53 AM

But.... but.... Narwocki said...........

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:56 AM

Not too surprised... Didn't really think he was a bad person.

I do think that his attitude can rub people the wrong way but I dont think that makes him impossible or necessarily even difficult for athletes to work with, but I can see how it might bug some reporters, perhaps some FO people.

I personally think some people were unimpressed with how Cam handled himself leading up to the combine and some of his third person stuff so that formed a negative opinion of him which they then shared with Nolan Nawrocki.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:58 AM

You are probably right MAV. The icon and entertainer thing did nothing to help him.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:58 AM

also I've not believed at any point recently character would be why a team passed on Cam Newton. There's plenty of on-the-field reasons to pass on him (at least as high as we are that is). While I'd be leery about giving him tens of millions, I'd also trust the homework I did on him as a FO guy to reveal what we could expect from him. If he passed the Panthers checks, which it sounds like he has, then character isn't an issue.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:00 PM

He definitely seems to walk the line between being confident and arrogant at times.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:00 PM

If Tony Softli likes Cam, it should be a big red flag for anyone considering drafting him.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:10 PM

Whether for good or bad, I wouldn't take much from Tony Softli seriously.

He ran the Panthers college scouting department through some of our worst drafts (including that disaster in 2005) before - for God only knows what reason - the Rams gave him full personnel control and he helped guide that team straight into the toilet.

Gil Brandt, Rick Gosselin, Mike Mayock, Nolan Nawrocki...all good sources. Softli? Not with a resume' like that :nonod:

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:12 PM

but of those guys you listed, how many seriously question Cam's character? At least in the way Nolan Nawrocki did? Gil Brandt is sold on him; Mayock has come around and seems to think better of him than he did originally. Not sure what Gosselim says. Not saying we should take Newton #1 OR that those guys say we should, but after reading Nawrocki's summary I was somewhat surprised with how specific some of his character concerns were because while the general gist of them is unsurprising, the specific nature of them was.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:13 PM

Yes because if it's something good about teh cam it can't be trusted.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:16 PM

Whether for good or bad, I wouldn't take much from Tony Softli seriously.

He ran the Panthers college scouting department through some of our worst drafts (including that disaster in 2005) before - for God only knows what reason - the Rams gave him full personnel control and he helped guide that team straight into the toilet.

Gil Brandt, Rick Gosselin, Mike Mayock, Nolan Nawrocki...all good sources. Softli? Not with a resume' like that :nonod:


Most unshocking post in the history of the huddle. :lol:

#12 mav1234

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:17 PM

It's not about "trust." Two people could meet any one person, talk to them for 10 minutes, ask them different questions and come away with VERY different impressions of that person.

when you're considering spending millions on a guy you may just hang on every word, and a single poor response might be enough to turn a conversation. I dunno, I'm just speculating here, but I tend to think there is a point where Newton could be a good person overall and people could still get majorly turned off by him.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:20 PM

Most unshocking post in the history of the huddle. :lol:


More scot discrediting cam.

#14 MaineManPanther

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:22 PM

Its not as if he using his own scouting analysis or grades.

Just saying what sources have said to him. So I don't think his career success is realtive here.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:24 PM

That "Cam encourages Kids to read" video on Youtube showed me all I needed to see about Cam's character. The media doesn't talk about the positive only negative which is typical not just in sports...

Crazy how Mayock didn't seem like a big Cam fan but came away impressed with him after the Combine well atleast during the sit down interview he did. Anyone that has been around him talks positive about him and sticks up for him including our own GM.


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