Cam Newton Basically Saying He Has The Potential To Be Superman Makes Him The Biggest Bust Ever, Right?
PFT- When asked if he was still one of the league’s “greatest unknowns,” Newton started talking and the words just fell together in the following perhaps-unfortunate order.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I say this with the most humility, but I don’t think nobody has ever been who I’m trying to be. Nobody has the size, nobody has the speed, nobody has the arm strength, nobody had the intangibles that I’ve had.
“I’m not saying I’m the one-on-one type of person that this league will never see again. No, I’m not saying that, hear me out. I’m just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.”
“So much of leadership is being a good follower as well,” Newton said. “And I look forward to hearing Thomas Davis speak. Watching how Ryan Kalil approaches the game. As well as Greg Olsen, [who] gets after it every day at practice.
“When I see those type of things each and every day, it makes me a better person [and say to myself] ‘Man, let me stop feeling sorry for myself and my nagging injuries and say you know what, I gotta do better. I gotta become that leader that I’m supposed to be.'”
So if Cam Newton readily admits that he has an unforeseen combination of size, speed, arm strength and intangibles then what's his excuse for being a terrible quarterback? People are going to take this quote where Cam Newton said that he was speaking with 'humility' and try to say that it lacked any humility whatsoever. And you know what? I think I have to disagree with those people. This quote was far more of an insult to himself than it was a compliment. It may be his opinion that he has all of these great characteristics, but I think most people would agree with him. He is extremely talented. Unfortunately, having every advantage in the world doesn't do you much good if you don't use them to be a productive quarterback on the field. Oh, look at Cam Newton he is so big and fast, yet he needed the help of the worst division in NFL history to barely sneak into the playoffs. He needed the help of the worst starting quarterback in NFL playoff history, Ryan Lindley, to get a singular playoff victory. I think what Cam Newton means by "no one has ever been who I'm trying to be" is that no one has ever tried to be an underwhelming disappointment. Got to give credit where credit is due. There has never been a terrible quarterback that was as gifted as Cam Newton.
Does anyone expect the light to go on for Newton this year? Other than his rookie season when the league had yet to figure out the new school mobile quarterback he has not been good. In fact, for a vast majority of last season his numbers were getting worse each and every game. One would think that if a quarterback was going to dedicate himself to the sport and become a quality reader of defenses if would happen before his fifth season. At this point Cam Newton just is what he is, and quite frankly, I'm not sure I would be bragging about that. I think I'd rather have a guy who isn't the tallest, fastest, or strongest, but puts in the extra work on and off the field to be successful (coughDrewBreescough). That guy is much more imperative to the prolonged success of a franchise than the guy that hasn't been able excel despite being blessed with every God given ability in the world. Superman may be able to fly, but he's not the guy I want on my side if the goal is to win a football game. At least he'll always have his cape/blanky/turbin to protect him.
P.S. People don't forget. Especially elementary school kids...