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Gus Malzahn on WFNZ this morning...5/5/11

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I honestly believe you guys have drafted a great Quarterback and person.

Listen, as an Auburn Alum and fan, I watched Cam play all 13 games this season live.

You will receive relentless crap from naysayers and idiots that want to claim:

1. Cam is a cheat.

2. Cam took money.

3. Simple Offense.

4. Fake Smile.

etc...

Let me tell you this, he is a winner. When you draft a franchise Quarterback, that is what you want. You want a person that never quits...A person that never gives up even if the whole world is against them...When you are down 24 points to a hated rival and everyone gives up, he will not.

Enjoy it, because when you win a Superbowl...people will still hate, but you can just say Lombardi Trophy.

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Oh yeah, and PS...

Ziemba is a hell of a offensive lineman...

and I'm not biased at all.

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Here is a link to a similar interview, Gus Malzahn with Auburn beat writer Andy Bitter.

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2011/05/06/qa-gus-malzahn-on-cam-newton-hes-not-like-anybody-else/

(I assume you would have taken him No. 1.)

“In my opinion, it’s like passing over (Michael) Jordan.”

Just wanted to add a couple of my own thoughts about Cam ( I am an Auburn alum just for clarification). When the media $hitstorm started to fly at Cam late in the season we got a real glimpse at what kind of leader Cam is. The team rallied around him like nothing I have seen before and his focus was straight ahead an on the field. His speech at halftime of the Iron Bowl is a growing legend in Auburn lore. I will be shocked if he is not a huge success in the NFL. I thought I would never see a better football player than Bo, but he is.

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"Like passing up Michael Jordan", "a better football player than Bo (Jackson)"

WOW, What compliments.

Refuse to lose. I know we are past Jake but that was a quality I loved about Jake. He hated losing and alot of times he found a way to WIN... We didn't see it with Moore or Clausen.

IMO that attitude is worth 2 or 3 "W" a season.

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Ugh.

More nonsense, more newbs.

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Here is a link to a similar interview, Gus Malzahn with Auburn beat writer Andy Bitter.

http://www.wareagleextra.com/2011/05/06/qa-gus-malzahn-on-cam-newton-hes-not-like-anybody-else/

Just wanted to add a couple of my own thoughts about Cam ( I am an Auburn alum just for clarification). When the media $hitstorm started to fly at Cam late in the season we got a real glimpse at what kind of leader Cam is. The team rallied around him like nothing I have seen before and his focus was straight ahead an on the field. His speech at halftime of the Iron Bowl is a growing legend in Auburn lore. I will be shocked if he is not a huge success in the NFL. I thought I would never see a better football player than Bo, but he is.

Better than Bo? That's debatable. Bo was the best combination of speed and physical prowess ever to play the tailback position at either the college or NFL level (and that includes Herschel). Cam may have the best combination of Physical talent for a QB. But better than Bo? Bo ran a 4.1 40 and weighed 230 lbs. Cam can run for a QB but he can't hold Bo's jock strap for speed. So it remains to be proven if Cam becomes the best ever. Cam may be the best college QB but he has a lot to learn before he becomes a top QB in the NFL. Let's just say he's probably going to be superior to the other ultra physical QBs early in the careers, QBs like Michael Vick, Donnavan McNabb, Chris McNair, Josh Freeman, Jemarcus Russell, Vince Young, The Golden Calf of Bristol, Dante Culpepper, etc. Cam still has to learn what the elite QBs can do like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, etc. and that will only come with a lot of diligence, determination, experience and having the right mix of talent on the Panthers team. Do you think Brady would have the same level of success without having Welker to throw to all these years? Remember what a great QB Archie Manning was but he played his whole career for a team that did not put together the right mix of talent so Archie never achieved what his sons have achieved. There are so many factors that go into being a great QB.

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Better than Bo? That's debatable. Bo was the best combination of speed and physical prowess ever to play the tailback position at either the college or NFL level (and that includes Herschel). Cam may have the best combination of Physical talent for a QB. But better than Bo? Bo ran a 4.1 40 and weighed 230 lbs. Cam can run for a QB but he can't hold Bo's jock strap for speed. So it remains to be proven if Cam becomes the best ever. Cam may be the best college QB but he has a lot to learn before he becomes a top QB in the NFL. Let's just say he's probably going to be superior to the other ultra physical QBs early in the careers, QBs like Michael Vick, Donnavan McNabb, Chris McNair, Josh Freeman, Jemarcus Russell, Vince Young, The Golden Calf of Bristol, Dante Culpepper, etc. Cam still has to learn what the elite QBs can do like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, etc. and that will only come with a lot of diligence, determination, experience and having the right mix of talent on the Panthers team. Do you think Brady would have the same level of success without having Welker to throw to all these years? Remember what a great QB Archie Manning was but he played his whole career for a team that did not put together the right mix of talent so Archie never achieved what his sons have achieved. There are so many factors that go into being a great QB.

There is no debate that Bo was the better athlete. IMHO Cam was the better college football player. Some of that is just because he is a QB and has the ball in his hands so much. I arrived at AU when Bo was a SR. One of my favorite memories is going after class to watch him play baseball and just enjoy great spring afternoons. As great as Bo was I just think Cam was a better college football player.

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Jimmy Clausen single-handedly killed for me the argument in favor of picking college QB's just because they come from a "pro-style" offense.

You have to put the proper perspective on it.

Pro Style offensive experience does make the transition easier. It does not guarantee success.

Nor does a lack of it guarantee failure, but it does make the transition a bigger job.

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You have to put the proper perspective on it.

Pro Style offensive experience does make the transition easier. It does not guarantee success.

Nor does a lack of it guarantee failure, but it does make the transition a bigger job.

TBH I dont think it really matters all that much. Handling the pressure and being smart have weight than what system you come from.

I really dont know how Cam is going to turn out but I would not feel any better with Luck. The fact is you really dont know how someone is going to handle all the money and pressure.

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You have to put the proper perspective on it.

Pro Style offensive experience does make the transition easier. It does not guarantee success.

Nor does a lack of it guarantee failure, but it does make the transition a bigger job.

I understand the logic in thinking this. I just don't see any real tangible evidence that it is true.

In recent years there has been seemingly no correlation between playing in a pro-style offense and being successful sooner in the NFL. Nor has there been any real correlation in coming from a spread offense and needing more time to develop.

It makes sense to think that but every year I see Brady Quinn never get it, Matt Leinart never get it, possibly Jimmy Clausen never getting it, Mark Sanchez is playing solidly but still struggles, etc.

Meanwhile, guys like Sam Bradford, Ben Roethlisberger, Josh Freeman etc. make the transition very quickly.

I honestly believe that (although counter intuitive) that playing in a pro offense isn't as much of a head start as people think. That is why I think players coming from pro offenses are given way too much extra credit by draftniks and spread QB's are penalized way too much.

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I thought that was in reference to him calling (not calling) out long, predetermined plays.

It was. He said several times during radio interviews that Auburn's offense is complex, but the sideline communication is short and efficient because they run a fast-paced offense at Auburn. I'm guessing most fast-paced offenses are like that, which makes sense.

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