I like that suggesting anything even close to this last year got you flamed into the nether regions of the huddle. Heh.
Ironically enough, in this article Newton both validates and debunks some of his pre-draft criticism all at the same time.
There were predictions that he might be self-centered and immature. And in this piece, Newton says that's exactly what he was.
Said predictions, however, indicated he'd stay that way. But with his coming out and admitting it, there's every reason to believe he'll turn the corner and leave the bad stuff behind.
Becoming a success in professional football requires a special, selective type of amnesia. You have to be able to put the frustration of your recent mistakes behind you while still managing to hang on to the lessons you learned by making them. That might sound like an easy thing to do. Trust me, it isn't. And for football players with big egos (i.e. all of them) it's especially challenging.
Let's be honest. This was a weakness for Newton last year.
That's the bad news.
The good news is he recognizes that and - more to the point - is taking steps to correct it. That's extremely encouraging to see, and a very good sign that his next few years will show that his phenomenal rookie start was a foundation, not an anomaly.