Nice, thoughtful post and data. Kudos!
Unfortunately, some people just hate and dislike Cam for what ever reason (including some of yours), and it's not that very complicated. Sometimes it's a little more personal and under the skin. He's threatening to many, and turns their prior belief system upside down, so they need to reinforce their long held belief for themselves.
Take Colin Kaepernick for example. He's not a great communicator; looks a whole lot less refined than Cam, is even more combustible and excitable on field than Cam, inarticulate, not a winner like Cam, and wasn't good enough to start over former career bust like Alex Smith. But you really hear him criticized or take such personal criticism about his looks, antics or background, as Cam has, now that's he's in the spotlight. Why?
I think it could be more the "MANDINGO Effect (speaking Sociology)". Cam is just too Stud-ly it appears. LOL.
Newton is 6'6", 262lbs, and as the esteemed Dave Letterman said when Cam was a guest on his show in 2010 after winning the Heisman: "Wow! Look at that guy!", when Cam came on stage. Letterman continued, stating...."If I looked like that guy, you could all kiss my ass!!" Yes he did say that. LOL. AndI think that's how many of Cam's critics, thinks he feels. Letterman also said "What a horse" when he read Cam's measurements of 6'6", 250lbs (at the time), before his appearance.
And that could be it in a nutshell right there. Most "running quarterbacks", are supposed to be Mike Vick or RG3 sized. But Cam is big, tall, strong, fast, shifty athletically, has a great arm, along with being charismatic and good looking. Nice combination, huh? You just can't dismiss him, as "another running small, fast black/running QB". Cam had pocket talent, presences, athleticism and size, the envy of practically all Quarterback, black and white. And of course Cam's bad boy image, from the alleged, but unfounded accusations concerning his father, made him accumulate unprecedented haters, as to what was wrong with College Football. And Cam just continued to play on, ignored the media and excelled.
Now you combine everything mentioned, while Cam won a JUCO championship, at BSC Championship, a Heisman, and Rookie of the year in the NFL, and was much better than many of his critics gave him credit for, while still not kissing anyone ass, acting like he belongs, with only 1 years BSC experience. Cam didn't cow tow to the media and appear or interview on their schedule. He did/does his thing. And only talks to them when he's ready, like any secure long time star would (or a smart, hardworking football player, that wants to focus on their craft). Its' all those things, that make many in the media Hate or negatively rate Cam with out really ever watching him play. There's something about him, that just gets under certain insecure/conceited individuals (like Bill Polian and Peter Kings's) skin. Cam is threatening to them.
And I don't think Cam speaks poorly. I think it's Cam's southern drawl/twang and youthful, hip exp
ression (along with how fast he speaks). But he certainly doesn't sound street or like a thug. Not at all. You can tell he was raised from a good, strong family (which he was). Now you have white guys from the south, that sound the same way. But would we call them stupid sounding, urban or inarticulate?Of course not. Robert Griffin is not a threat. He's small and ugly. And though he's arrogant himself, they over look it, cause he can be marketed as the Anti-Cam [black], simply cause they want to. Russell Wilson (who they weren't paying much attention to initially), is small, articulate/no twang, and was a refreshing story (3d rd pick, turned into starter) of the "Aw Shucks" variety this year. But neither (including Kaepernick), are KING MANDINGO types like Cam, who so many find so threatening. That's the problem!
Newton is certainly not dumb nor sounds dumb. Far from it. And just cause he's doesn't come off as polished (which he's not), it doesn't mean what he has to say doesn't make sense. I've heard much worse from athletes. He's certainly not Allen Iverson, or a young Randy Moss for example. Far from it. Most times, Cam says the right things, accepts blame, compliments his teammates and coaches, promises to work harder and smiles. That should be more than enough one would think? You notice, most of us aren't even aware or care how Colin Kaepernick sounds/speaks (though to me he sounds practically uneducated, breathless and always hyper)? That's how silly this has become.
Nonetheless, no one really cares (how Kaepernick speaks), and shouldn't It should be the same with Cam? Hmmmh. I wonder why?