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Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:50 pm
Bo Jackson on Cam Newton: “There isn’t another quarterback in the NFL that has all of those tangibles.” (Getty Images)  

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Cam Newton, the first-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and the latest franchise quarterback for the Panthers, has been named the starter as Carolina heads into the regular season. Newton wasn't particularly impressive during the preseason, completing just 42 percent of his passes (24 for 57, 300 yards) and throwing just one touchdown, but he showed glimpses of the future and, well, potential can be a powerful aphrodisiac. 

Of course, the NFL QB scrap heap is littered with players who had gobs of inherent talent but couldn't ever do anything with it. The reasons for their professional demises are as varied as the names on the list. Clark Judge, our colleague, wrote last week that "If Newton demonstrated anything in three quarters of a 24-13 loss to Cincinnati, it's that he's not ready for prime time. He should sit, and he should sit until he understands what he's doing and what he sees -- because that's not happening now."

Judge reiterated those thoughts again Friday, a day after head coach Ron Rivera made it official.

"Normally, [Newton] would have minicamps, OTAs and quarterback camps to pick up the pro game, but all that got flushed during the lockout. So [he] reported in late July and will start in early September, and good luck. He looks no more ready to play the position than Jimmy Clausen did a year ago.

"But the Panthers have little choice. They can't sell their fans on Clausen or Derek Anderson, so give them Newton -- ready or not -- and that might not be good for him or the franchise. Reason: In a lot of respects it reminds me of the Ryan Leaf situation in San Diego years ago, one that Carolina GM Marty Hurney knows all too well."


It's not all gloom and doom, however. Bo Jackson, one of the greatest professional athletes of the last half-century, recently told Jim Rome (via that Newton possesses rare physical gifts that are the exact right fit for the Panthers' offense. (Seriously, we're not making that up.)

“There isn’t another quarterback in the NFL that has all of those tangibles,” Jackson said. “And when you put all of those tangibles together with the quality of receivers and linemen that he’s got blocking for him, and the running backs that he can get the pill to, this guy is scary. The Panthers are scary.”

There's more.

“When you speak of Cam Newton, I’ll put it to you just like this: He has the arm strength and power of Dan Marino and John Elway combined,” Jackson said. “He is quicker than Michael Vick, faster than Michael Vick. And he will run over you with the power of a Jerome Bettis, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell. That’s the kind of guy he is.”

Okay, perhaps Jackson's laying it on a bit thick, but he's clearly enamored with Newton's raw skills, something no one could say about Clausen a year ago.

But before we all start making Super Bowl plans, something worth considering: the Panthers' schedule. It's brutal.

A quick recap for those of you who don't have it committed to memory: @Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, @Chicago, New Orleans, @Atlanta, Washington, Minnesota, BYE, @Tennessee, @Detroit, @Indianapolis, @Tampa Bay, Atlanta, @Houston, Tampa Bay, @New Orleans.

After perusing that list, there's a chance the Panthers, without much effort, could again stumble to two wins despite fielding a much better team. We suspect Jackson doesn't share our skepticism.

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:17 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

If anyone heard him ramble on Rome on Friday you'll give new meaning to the word 'incoherent'.  He sounded as if he needed nursery rhyme cartoons to prompt his next thought.  I get he's sticking up for Auburn and for Cam, but he couldn't find an intelligent sentence with a compass and a flashlight.  I'm glad he's into improving his handicap and ownership in a bank, but broadcasting or radio is not in the immediate future.  He's so desparate to see a black quarterback succeed, he'll throw out compliments that don't fit the situation.  Sad to see from a former great, but it was the most difficult listen I've ever had.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 2:09 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Nobody knows how Newton is going to turn out..least of all Jackson.  As with all #1 overall QBs Newton probaby has a 50-50 shot at making is big, and a 50-50 shot at being a bust.  That is a fact.

For some reason black athletes are so desperate to see a black QB have success.  Will he make it big?  Nobody will know for a few years.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:58 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Seriously that looks like a creampuff scedule to me -   @Arizona is a HUGE question mark.  Green Bay will suffer from Super Bowl hangover, Jacksonville?  Washington won @Chicago last year, New Orleans and Atlanta will be tough division battles like they have EVERY YEAR.  Washington is Washington. Minnesota with Donavan McChoke, BYE, @Tennessee, Tennessee?  What have they done lately?@Detroit (The LIONS? Brutal??) , @Indianapolis, Indy with out Peyton manning is a 3-13 team.    

I personally think that if Newton can stay healthy, he might blow some people's minds - 

The "experts' and even coaches are often making educated guess out there when it comes to talent and which player is more valuabl;e than the next -  The Steelers had Tommy Maddux starting over Ben Roethlisberger -  The Patriots had Tom Brady sitting on the bench until Bledsoe finally collapsed -  the Eagles had Vick on the bench etc etc etc -  Coaches usually aren't the sharpest tools in the shed -  They have to ber punded over the head with the obvious to make a decision - Newton should be starting -  The naysayers will be proved srong again  - 

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:52 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

God I read it again and you two white bread pussies come off as so jealous you should be fired. Not a SHRED of factual evidence but instead we get two CBS Sportsline hack writers opinions. Thanks CBS. YOU SUCK

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:50 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Really? Nice name punk.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:49 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Oh is that what Clark Judge says? You guys a re a joke. I can't believe that I have to read this tripe at work. Clark Judge says....fkng hilarious!!

Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:48 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

bo dont know jack squat

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:44 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

schedule doesnt look BRUTAL to me at all....lets get these games started so these so called "reporters" can actually report on something instead of purely speculating for the last however many weeks.....

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:42 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

philip rivers what has he won?2 emotional..manning brains?shaky feet,fe is scared 2 get hit,and plays football until december and january...when he won the super bowl,the best qb on the field that day was grosman....grit? thats michael vick and brett farve,checkout how they got up after being hit like they were ,and ucan add jay cutler...clueless?bloggers like uuuuuu,who sit bhind the computer and make racist comments,bcause u are a chump with no backbone,and ucudnt hold vick,mcnabbs,or jax jock......u are a waste of takes a team dude...greatest qb of all time was throwing 2 the greatest wr of alltime...elway never won till he got t.davis in the backfield.... obviously ill take bo and his opinion over yours anyday.....

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:19 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Hey Davethepanther--  I have watched this guy and if you think his arm strength is as strong as Elway's you are a complete fool.  And I am running my mouth as you put it.  Except you are too stupid to realize I am writing and not talking dumb a$$.  Quit being a homer just because you are a panther fan.  I didn't say the guy sucked, I only said he didn't have the arm of elway or marino. 

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