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Gregg Doyel: Cam Criticism Unfair


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#1 fieryprophet

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:13 PM

http://www.cbssports...utler-treatment

Cam Newton has an image problem, and it's not entirely of Cam Newton's making.

Now listen, just like I'm not calling his critics racist, I'm not calling Newton blameless. A few weeks ago against the New York Giants he hung a towel over his head and semi-watched the final minutes of a blowout loss. It was a bad look for anyone, especially the franchise quarterback, and his own teammate called him out for it.

That's fair.

But this is perspective: Cam Newton doesn't have much experience with losing. He doesn't have much experience with playing. He spent one season as a starter at Auburn, and this is his second season in the NFL. All told, that's 33 starts in Division I or the NFL. He has lost only 13 times.

Give him time, huh?

Not all the time in the world, no. If Newton is still hanging a towel on his head in a few years, not really paying attention to the final minutes of a blowout loss in 2015, then give him the full Cutler treatment. Someone can create a website where Newton is the subject of photoshop taunting -- not with a cigarette in his mouth, but with a towel on his head. By the year 2015, have at it.

But now? It's way too soon, Sage Rosenfels, to assume the worst about Newton, leader, just like it was too soon during that magical 2010 season at Auburn to assume the worst of Newton, cheater -- that he was a mercenary, a player-for-hire who tried to sell himself to one SEC school before ending up at another. That was the storyline America believed with help from a handful of reporters, aided by a few SEC coaches who told those reporters to jump and were rewarded with "how high" hit pieces.

It wasn't fair to Newton then, and it's not fair to Newton now. For whatever reason, this guy seems to bring out the worst in his critics, from that bizarrely cruel scouting report before the 2011 NFL Draft to that cartoon in the local paper to Sage Rosenfels' cruel reading of Newton's mind.

The prevailing school of thought has it that Newton is sulking, soft, mentally weak. I don't know Cam Newton at all, but I can tell you one thing: The guy's not mentally weak. That 2010 season at Auburn was one of the more impressive things we've seen from the standpoint of mental toughness. The world was caving in on Newton -- NCAA sniffing, reporters searching, competing coaches snarking -- and Newton ignored the hysteria and painted a Mona Lisa of a college football season, a dominant individual effort that somehow got better as the noise around him got louder.

That guy's soft? That guy's a baby, a loser?

That guy was a winner. He was a rock. He can be that winner, that rock, again in the NFL -- though he has to prove it. It's on Cam Newton to be as good as we all know he can be, and to lead the Panthers deep into the playoffs. Maybe it never happens, maybe he really is a self-centered bust, and if so we can let Newton have it in a few years.

But it's too soon now. It's too soon to mock Cam Newton. It's not just unseemly -- it's unfair.



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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:21 PM

Totally agree with this. Cam is not perfect but he gets more crap than he deserves.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

Decent read. And OKAY, it's not a race issue; but it's a fair point that the writer is african american and taking up for Newton; and I am saying this as a Cam fan. One of the biggest Cam homers there is. And I think african americans tend to like Cam Newton more..... and I think that part is unfair. White guys like Cowherd/Werder/Esiason and most guys in the media seem to want to latch onto anything negative about the guy. They don't talk about how he could have thrown for 400 on Atlanta this past sunday, oh because we lost. The only story is he was late to the bus. WTF?

I just don't get it. Newton has been pretty good this year all but against the Giants. Everyone needs to settle the F down about Cam. He's good. If the team around him improves and the coach can actually coach to win, he'll be known as a winner. I'd tell Greg Doyle he just flamed the fire some.

BTW I'm white and I love Cam

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:23 PM

Decent read. And OKAY, it's not a race issue; but it's a fair point that the writer is african american and taking up for Newton; and I am saying this as a Cam fan. One of the biggest Cam homers there is. And I think african americans tend to like Cam Newton more..... and I think that part is unfair.

I just don't get it. Newton has been pretty good this year all but against the Giants. Everyone needs to settle the F down about Cam. He's good. If the team around him improves and the coach can actually coach to win, he'll be known as a winner. I'd tell Greg Doyle he just flamed the fire some


Doyel is white.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 12:24 PM

wait a minute, SAGE ROSENFELS said something about Cam? thats some ballsy poo

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:15 PM

wait a minute, SAGE ROSENFELS said something about Cam? thats some ballsy poo


He tweeted "I think Cam Newton cares about his team. Just not the Panthers. Team Cam."

LOL

I think Sage Rosenfail should care about Sage Rosenfail and not Cam.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:16 PM

Can't wait to hear Dan Orlovsky's take on Cam next. As he backpedals out of the back of the endzone of course.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

It's about time someone sticks up for Cam

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

Well, at least he took a favorable angle in this article and decided to give up trashing UNC for a change, lol.

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:31 PM

Sage

Nice name.



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