Newton Gets Grilled

By Eric Graham, BASN Staff Writer
Updated: April 21, 2011

I'm going to be the greatest quarterback ever...

I'm going to be the greatest quarterback ever...

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—He has been vilified and criticized.

But despite all of the background checks, questions, and criticism, Cam Newton is still smiling.

“I am a blessed individual” said Newton.

Despite Newton being blessed, he also unknowingly believes in the philosophy of songwriter Frank Loesserf , who said, “Praise the Lord, but pass the ammunition” when dealing with all the criticism that has been coming from reporters and analysts.

“I use analogy as a simple gun.” Newton said nonchalantly.

“And you need ammunition to be able to use the gun, right. I know, it’s a violent symbol. But at the same time, I am that (gun) and my ammunition is the criticism…”

As he sat across the table from former NFL coach Jon Gruden with his best poker face on, Newton continued to explain how he deals with his critics and naysayers, who claim he is a one hit wonder and that his style will not transition in the NFL.

“I put that (criticism) in my mental chamber when I’m working out.” he explained on the Jon Gruden QB Camp aired on ESPN.

“When I am preparing for the NFL, making that next step, that’s what I use. That’s my fuel to keep getting better and better.

Despite Newton’s confidence, during the 30-minute program, Gruden grilled the young dimpled face Heisman trophy winner. And even though the conservation got a little salty at times, Newton remained calm, playful, and respectful by saying “Yes Sir and No sir” throughout the entire show.

Gruden advised Newton to challenge himself to take pride in “availability” and “durability” as he prepared to become a NFL quarterback.

In other words, Gruden wanted the young potential superstar to make himself available for coaches and staff by watching film, studying his playbook and by avoiding too many on field collisions while playing quarterback at the next level.

Gruden also warned Newton that all the NFL verbiage could be a major problem for him as a pro because his offensive play-calling was so simplistic at Auburn.

Newton’s chalk-talk and black board breakdowns may have put some question marks in the head of some GMs, but in his on the field performance, arm strength, and pure passing motion was near perfect in his brief workout during the program.

Besides, who wants a professor of football linguists underneath center?

The NFL needs quarterbacks, who can perform on the field as well as in the classroom.

And I think, Newton has the potential to do both.