Don’t know if any of you have read up on Cam’s interview with ESPN about his critics, but long story short, he blamed former LSU QB JaMarcus Russel and partially Vince Young for his enormous amount of critics.
“I blame JaMarcus Russell and to some degree Vince Young. If you have the opportunity to make that kind of money doing something you love to do, why would you screw it up? I’m trying to be a trailblazer. If Baylor’s Robert Griffin decides to come out, I want people to say ‘He can be the next Cam Newton’ instead of ‘He’s gonna be the next JaMarcus Russell.”
One thing you can’t knock about Cam is his confidence, he’s a guy that just portrays it at the highest level, which is cool, I support that. However, in this situation, I feel he’s right and wrong at the same time, for one, Jamarcus was a complete, all out bust, that’s all there is to it, he refused to put in the extra time and work and when things went wrong he blamed everyone else. Vince Young was more of a primadonna and couldn’t take the least bit of scrutiny, deserved or not. Young had a winning record as a starter, regardless of statistics and was making things happen for Tennessee, something that sounds very similar to what Tim Tebow is doing now. Yet he was getting hounded about his arm motion and release, his accuracy also not where it should be.
Thing is, there’s a stigma about black quarterbacks, like it or not, it exists today and has existed for quite some time. It has been around since James Harris and Marlon Briscoe, it continued into the era of Doug Williams and it is still around today. When Vick came in in 2001, every fast black QB was compared to him, when Vince showed up, every tall black QB has been compared to him. When Cam Newton came out, he was looked at in comparison to Russel and Young, because of his high draft status and the fact that he was a dual threat QB. It’s not fair to him that he’s automatically linked with JaMarcus Russel and not Sam Bradford, another QB who came out of a pro spread and had some small success in the NFL. Every dual-threat black QB that comes out the draft is compared to another black QB and not anyone else, when there are no similarities between the two other than their skin color.
Take for example Robert Griffin III who’s coming out of Baylor this season and will more than likely be a Top 10 pick in the 2012 draft. He and Cam Newton have two completely different playing styles, yet if you check twitter out during any game of his, you’ll see those comparisons running a muck.
What really bugs me is the fact that Cam doesn’t get enough credit, he’s taken a 2-14 team and not only triple their wins, he kept them close in a lot of games they had no business being in (see Green Bay). Yet people still question whether he’s “smart enough” or can do it on a consistent basis, and my answer is “why not?”, what about his game would be any different in 2012 or 2013? At the same time, Tebow is playing in a dumbed down offense (similar to Vince’s rookie year) that is “tailored to his strengths”, but is becoming credited as a winner, despite the fact that his defense has kept the score close enough for him to close those games out. Tebow hasn’t developed as a passer, no matter how likable he is, and will not be able to hold his own when it comes down to having to mount large comebacks when defenses aren’t backing off. Look at what Buffalo and New England have done to him over the past few weeks? Don’t you think a few teams are starting to notice this? Until he is able to consistently drop back and throw the football, he’s limited.
Yet no one harps on this, no one bothers to point this out. Tebow is the winner, and Cam Newton is the arrogant young QB with his head….well…you know. You all know how little I call ‘cism, but to me there’s just some people that won’t accept Cam Newton because “Quarterbacks aren’t supposed to play like that, their speed and size shouldn’t be a factor”, but as I’ve pointed out many times before, Vick changed the way the QB position is looked at and played. Vince Young, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and others, are continuing to change that.