I’ve often wondered why some NFL General Managers choose to take a “holier than thou” approach to selecting hot college football talent when draft day rolls around. For many, there is an apparent double-standard when it comes to character issues. Once you’re in the league, character issues generally result in hand-slaps, a mild pilfering of a player’s bank account, and repeated chances to become a better citizen. However, you have to get into the league first in order to get that sort of treatment. So, should NFL General Managers just disregard character issues with the hot college prospects? I believe so.
Posts Tagged ‘Cam Newton’
In a move that’s sure to make Mike Bianchi happy, Sports Illustrated is trying to do what the NCAA wouldn’t and what the SEC couldn’t do: Stop Cam Newton.
Newton graces their latest cover, and it’s pretty clear, at least to me, SI is doing it because they have money on Oregon winning and putting Newton on the cover is the only way they can conceive of stopping him. I mean, you can almost see Phil Knight’s fingerprints all over this, and I’m sure the discussion went something like:
“Hey, you guys want some free Air Jordans? Put Cammy-Cam on the cover. I warn you, however: if my Ducks don’t win, I’m buying the company.”
Now that the dust has settled and Denard Robinson’s early season magic has given way to defenses trying to contain him — successfully, I might add — there’s a new Heisman favorite taking the stage and his name is Cam Newton. To put it mildly, Newton is a runaway train that other SEC defenses, even ones that are supposed to be good, like LSU’s, have little chance of stopping.
The funny thing is, there’s no secret about where the ball’s going when Newton is under center. Sure, he’ll hand the ball off on occasion, as well as attempt a pass once and a while, but his strength is running the ball, and the team on defense knows that, too.
And yet, they still can’t stop him.
Hell, containment doesn’t even look like much of an option when Newton starts doing his thing. Just ask Les Miles and his vaunted defense that allowed Newton to run for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Clearly, when Auburn gets Newton’s highlight reel together for the Heisman voters to see, the following run will be first and center.
Even though there’s four games remaining on Auburn’s schedule — they are currently 8-0 and first in the BCS standings — Newton has already thrown for over 1300 yards (with 13 touchdowns), while rushing for a gaudy 1077 (with 14 touchdowns). When offense coaches discuss balance between the run and the pass, Newton embodies that wish.
Normally, however, the balance comes from the entire offense, not just one player.
All I know is, the Auburn/Alabama game on November 26 is going to be a freaking war.