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#1 Mr. Scot

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:15 AM

So RG3 has expressed that he doesn't want to be known as an "option quarterback" (link) which brings up a discussion that's been had on here numerous times, and generally leads to people saying stupid things.

Rehashing that discussion doesn't really interest me much. What does interest me about this particular item from the unmentionable site is this sentence from Michael David Smith.

There’s never been an athlete quite like Griffin — a hurdler good enough that he could have been an Olympian if he hadn’t turned his attention to football — at the quarterback position.


Now, Newton and Griffin don't quite have the same athletic profile (Griffin is 3 inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter) but I'm wondering what Panther fans have to say about Smith's proclamation that there's "never been an athlete quite like Griffin". Especially as it pertains to our own quarterback.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:21 AM

he's right

they're two completely different athletes

cam's just better

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

I don't see the point in needing to compare them and seek out things to interpret as knocks on Newton.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:30 AM

he will be what vick was supoosed to be

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:32 AM

They say that about a player every year. Fact is he is a great athlete but that does not make him a great QB.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

Sorry, I just don't see the correlation. All he is saying is that RG3 could have been an Olympic hurdler. I haven't heard that about Cam or any other QB. No one has credibly compared RG3 (or any other QB for that matter) to Cam Newton since Newton showed his athletic prowess last year. A QB who is Cam's size, that has the strength of a player 30lbs heavier, but who also has the dexterity and agility of a guy 30 lbs lighter---who can actually throw the ball----is at the very least rare (if not unique), and has never been seen in the NFL.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

He can be an olympic runner

We have a future HOF'er

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:37 AM

he will be what vick was supoosed to be


That's actually pretty close to my take. Griffin is what Vick would have been if he had a working brain.

Waiting to see how he'll be as a passer though. My gut says he'll be better than Vick. Not ready to buy he'll be as good in that department as Newton is though.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:38 AM

a hurdler eh? neat.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:38 AM

Newton can jump over mountains and wrestle tigers.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:41 AM

Newton can jump over mountains and wrestle tigers.


Ya know, Cam Newton jumped off the Empire State Building this one time and he only sprained his ankle.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:43 AM

he will be what vick was supoosed to be


and Cam will be what Vince Young and Mcnabb were suppose to be.. but better

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:45 AM

Ya know, Cam Newton jumped off the Empire State Building this one time and he only sprained his ankle.


He has the strength of a herd of bears with the speed of a Cheetah, the stamina of an African wild dog and the mind of a damned scientist.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:49 AM

and Cam will be what Vince Young and Mcnabb were suppose to be.. but better


Newton's a better passer than either one.

Have said it before, but will say again. As far as QB prototypes, Newton bears far more similarity to Brett Favre or John Elway (big, athletic, not super accurate but near-perfect in spots and generally accurate enough to get the job done) than he does Vick, Young or McNabb.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:52 AM

It's a different kind of athlete. . .but there's not a good record of track-profile athletes in the NFL. Cam, however, is what you would find in most coaches wet dreams if they were looking for the perfect quarterback.


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