Actually, the writer gets this...
Just because lots of OTHER people were wrong about the same thing doesn't all of a sudden make them right.
Newton's coaches and teammates on his JUCO National Championship team and the Auburn national championship team, to a man, said that he was the hardest worker on the team and a great leader.
The fact that Nawrocki, this writer, and tons of other "media" chose to ignore this and now want to cover their ass doesn't all of a sudden make them "right".
What you said is 100% correct. After all our big FO guys met with Newton, his coaches, and a few of his teammates he was ours. What happened with Newton predraft is pretty disgusting, some of the poorest, blatantly false and ill informed journalism you can find outside of tabloids. I almost get the feeling that this extensive defamation of Cam was simply due to the fact that somebody, somewhere, did not want a player this good to go to such a small market franchise and were hoping it would be enough to get us to pass on him.
I loved the piece about the Texans game. I really don't think Newton's stats give justice to how much utility he provides an offense (and we are lucky we have a creative OC in chud to take full advantage). Due to Cam's size, speed, and natural football abilities it's almost like he's some weird combination of every position on offense rolled into one player. Think about it, dude can block, catch, juke people, has solid break away speed, can run you over, and is working on being as good a passer as Brady or Brees (and is already getting pretty close).
Not only this but his general fundamentals are so good. Think of how he carries the ball when he takes off, it's not like vick holding it away from his body, he's never going to have fumbling issues because he carries it 100% correctly. When he goes down while taking a hit, he does it properly- always forcing a glancing blow, makes sure his shoulder pads take the hit, gets low and drives with his legs.
The advantages he gives us are nearly limitless. Think about a regular QB calling a running play (brady for instance). Brady snaps the ball, hands it off, and from this point on, the play is 10 on 11 (1 ball carrier, 9 blockers vs 11 defenders). With Cam Newton on the field, it's still 11 on 11- Cam can still be involved on the play as either a ball carrier or a blocker, and even if he isn't, you have to defend the play as if he is which is in turn pulling defenders OUT of the main play.