Finally the team is speaking out and speaking up about its QB. With a rapist, (Big Ben), Murderer (Ray Lewis), Drug Abuser (entire Seattle Defense), Mom beater (Dez Bryant) and numerous alcoholics all gettin unflappable team support what did Cam do to deserve that silence. IMO it was starting to make the team look soft. If they don't like him cut him butthat is ridiculous because obviously he is potentially the best QB the organization has ever had so they should start treating him like that.
What do you think about the top 100 spot on Cam Newton? It was edited in a way that was not good for the player or the organization. – Fred in Asheville, N.C.
The NFL Network series commonly includes dissenting opinions about a given player's position among the "Top 100 Players of 2013," and I have no problem with that. I was, however, disappointed by the overall tone of the Newton piece, especially with how it ended.
If you haven't seen it, watch it here before reading on.
As a journalist for two decades now, I certainly understand the decision to make cornerback Champ Bailey's comments a part of the piece. For one, Newton's No. 46 ranking is based on balloting of the players, so you want their perspective. And in the producer's position, would you leave this on the cutting room floor?
"He's definitely not in my top 10 quarterbacks," said Bailey, whose Broncos beat Carolina 36-14 in Week 10 last season. "I remember playing him. He didn't impress me."
While I understand that being included, I don't understand how a show designed to celebrate the top 100 players in the NFL handles the Newton vignette from there. It simply trails off with footage of Newton's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during a Week 16 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Simply put, it leaves a bad taste in the viewer's mouth.
Compare that to the piece on Eli Manning at No. 43. The narrator pointed out with both Manning and Newton that they had slipped a few spots in the rankings from last year, but while Newton's piece featured Bailey and his penalty from there, Manning's went like this.
"Eli Manning dropped 12 spots to No. 43 on the players' list despite establishing himself as one of the league's most clutch quarterbacks," the narrator said. "To paraphrase the immortal words of Rodney Dangerfield, ‘Eli gets no respect.' Perhaps a third Super Bowl MVP is needed."
Actually, the narrator went out of his way to impart all due respect. Established himself as clutch? What, with some late heroics in a playoff-less season following a Super Bowl season? And wasn't he already established as clutch with the two titles and all?
Newton does have a long ways to go, and he'll be the first to admit that. Still, he's thrown for more yards in his first two seasons than any quarterback in NFL history. Perhaps that would have been worth mentioning.
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