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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: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 1:05 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

How did Manning do his first year? Stop playing the RACE CARD people, if it is real, it works both ways!

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:51 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Obviously Bo doesn't know football anymore. So Bo is now suggesting that Cam Newton has the most skills in the NFL. Yeah right. With a Wonderlic score somewhere in the ameoba range, Newton is lacking the MOST important skill of all. You want to see skills? See Philip Rivers. You want to see brains? See Manning, Ryan, Fitzpatrick and Brady. You want to see grit? See Brees and Rodgers. You want to see sandlot? See Vick. You want to see clueless? See T-Jax. You want to see the future? See Gabbert and Ponder. You want to see washed up? See McNabb. You want to see a WR? See Pryor. Go back home Bo. Nobody cares what you think. Newton will be lucky to still be in the NFL three years down the road. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:26 pm

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Gat, please don't try to impersonate someone with any knowledge let alone football knowledge.  23 years ago in January of 1988 the "so called experimental black running back" Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins past the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII as a Quarterback.  Just because you write in all CAPS might be able to get your point across with 1st graders but really has no impact when you speak with pure ignorance that can be discredited with simple historical facts.   

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:15 pm
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Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:22 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Wow.....hey lumpy did you know Michael Vick and Vince Young have been in the league for years?  So they have already been successful (to a degree)
Wow Dave....If riding the pine after few tumultous years after being the number one pick is sucessful to you, Well your standards certainly aren't very high. You must have really low expectations like an Eagle fan. Vick and Young have won nothing yet (like the Eagles) except for fat contracts that they have yet to deserve. I like Vick (and dogs too), I just don't think he's a complete enough qb to win it all. Young and his "accomplishments" are barely worth mentioning. In fact, I can't think of anything worth mentioning. With the fate of your team riding on these guys, Philly fans better once again be ready to take their frustrations out on Santa Claus and little girls.

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:19 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Well, I can see the strength and power, but is he really faster than Vick?  I doubt it, but if he is, then you got a hell of an athlete.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2011 11:10 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

And people with nice laptops.

Since: Dec 26, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:54 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

The only people Newton scares are Panther fans.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:29 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Jackson actually might be right that Newton has the arm strength, athleticism, and elusiveness like he says, but what he fails to realize is that Newton lacks a couple key things that all those HOFers have...He doesn't seem to have the ability to read defenses, doesn't have the accuracy, and has a difficult time with patience. Before he gets those, all the athleticism in the world won't make him a good NFL QB. I'm not a hater on the pure athleticism, it's the refinement he is missing, the refinement which a QB needs to succeed in the NFL. 

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2011 10:04 am

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

nothing more than an auburn guy speaking for an auburn guy.. and very unprofessional. 

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