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Old 02-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

I suppose this analogy can work in a variety of ways

Scout: Cam Newton is the next Ben Roethlisberger

Actually, this is exactly what an African-American NFL scout stated about Cam Newton:

"Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

This is what he meant and his comparison had nothing to do with off-the-field. He meant strictly on it.

When looking at Newton now and Roethlisberger coming out of college the parallels are indeed interesting. Newton is far more decorated with a Heisman and national championship than Roethlisberger was coming out of Miami University but both men had size and big arms. Both were gritty. Both ran well. Both escaped sacks. Both won a lot of games.

Newton has a great deal to prove. He's done nothing on the NFL level but the Roethlisberger comparison is actually legitimate strictly in terms of deciphering who Newton best resembles in the pros now.

The scout was also making another type of statement with the comparison. There are plenty of personnel men who have expressed privately to me how they tire of the black quarterback to black quarterback comparisons when they aren't relevant. It's beyond stupid, for example, to compare Newton to Mike Vick. That's like comparing a Great Dane to a Jack Russell.

Maybe I shouldn't use dog analogies.

But you get the point.

The Cam Newton Show begins Thursday.


http://mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports....64363/27624244

Comparing Cam Newton to Ben actually reinforces the stereotype, which my idol Steve Young was working hard on Super Bowl Sunday, that Roethlisberger is an unpolished QB who does not put in the work at practice or in reviewing film (like Brady, P. Manning, Brees and the newly sainted Aaron Rogers) but just gets by on his physical skills.

So I guess Cam Newton should be offended he is being compared to someone who is regarded as a talented but nevertheless dumb and lazy QB such as Roethlisberger.
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

WOW!
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

wait i thought josh freeman was?
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

Wait, I thought Ben was the white Cam Newton?

Actually, I don't remember Ben's father shopping his services around in college, while Ben
"had no knowledge."


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Newton has a great deal to prove. He's done nothing on the NFL level
That pretty much says it all.
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

^Obviously he hasn't done anything in the NFL yet and isn't proven at that level. But in terms of his physical build and playing style, I can EASILY see the comparison,
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

Meh i don't know guys. Ben put in 3 outstanding years in college. Newton only played 1 year. Newton put up 2854 yards passing this past season. Ben threw for 3000 in each of his 3 seasons, including 4400+ his last year. I mean Newton rushed for a ton of yards (way more than Ben)...but I really don't see the similarities in ability. I think Newton is closer to being JaMarcus Russell.
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wait i thought josh freeman was?
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he is actually smart and studies.

so he is the next bigger, faster, and more elusive steve young. just ask steve young.
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Does it really matter? I dont see Cam being as successful as ben
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Default Re: "Cam Newton is the black Ben Roethlisberger."

i really want to see Newton fail. i dont say this often but i hate how he started one year and already thinks he is the next big thing.
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i really want to see Newton fail. i dont say this often but i hate how he started one year and already thinks he is the next big thing.
I agree, and I think he is over rated. Great athlete, but QB? Nope
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