A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Ready or Not, Here, I Come!!
NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—Cam Newton stands 6-foot 5 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds with no tattoos or piercing, which is to the liking of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
But despite the lack of tattoos and body piercings, he is still treated like a rock-star in Charlotte.
Yes, the fans in Charlotte love the 2011 No.1 overall draft pick, Cam Newton.
But the difficult question that must be asked, is he ready to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League?
NFL Network’s analyst and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner doesn’t think so.
“He is not ready” Warner said unapologetically.
“I think we have seen so far in pre-season, to drop back in that pocket, read professional coverages and make the throws, he is not ready.”
“I talked to people down there (in Carolina), they like his presence. They love the fact that he is trying to throw the ball down the field, he is trying to make the reads, and he is not just looking at one guy and running” added Warner.
“But he is not ready to be in a drop back, pro-style offense yet. Give him some plays he can make with his feet, he is going to give you some plays out of pocket. But it’s going to be a long season for him with the guys that are around him. But they (the Panthers) got no choice. Cam Newton is going to start week one and be there for 16 games. And take his lumps. And learn from them.”
Even though Warner’s evaluation of Newton’s talent may raise some eyebrows around the league, most analysts agree with his assessment.
During the pre-season compared to 16 other quarterbacks, Newton rated last in completion percentage (42.1), 12th in yards per attempt (5.3), and 12th in passer rating (64.9).
Fortunately, for Newton, he is surrounded by a veteran core of offensive players which could make his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals a success on September 11th.
That offensive unit consists of two skilled tight ends in Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen, two good running backs in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and of course Steve Smith at wide receiver.