CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 23: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers rushes against the Washington Redskins at the Bank of America Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
As soon as I started reading this piece by Mike Freeman with CBS Sports I had to write on it myself. Let's start with the issue I wrapped the head line around, what QB guru Chris Weinke thinks the critics missed in their assessment of Cam Newton pre-draft:
"The biggest thing people missed was that they underestimated how smart he was," Weinke said in a telephone interview. "When he was at Auburn, that offense was simplistic. He did what he was asked to do: run a simple offense.
"But somehow people made the leap that was all he could do. No one gave him credit for being an intellectual guy, which he clearly is. They wrongly just assumed he wasn't smart."
He goes on to point out the Gruden QB camp interview unfairly portrayed Newton as not being smart:
"The media is very powerful," Weinke said. "That thing with Gruden hurt him and the media after that portrayed him as a dumb guy."
The piece goes on to recount the story we heard a log time ago about Newton catching passes from Ponder and how each began to push each other. I also love the Weinke says everything he taught Newton in those 8 weeks 'stuck' and that he gave Newton a 25 question test on formation and he aced it.
It's hard to argue that Weinke isn't right. Newton's performance, his ability to stay in the pocket and go through his progressions has proven the fallacy of his supposed biggest weakness. Look out NFL...because he is only going to get better.