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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 CBSSports.com 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."

Yikes.

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 PFT.com) 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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Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:59 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

surely Carolina if can choose they'd take 1st next year draft choice  instead of Newton..but they had to draft him this year..too risky to pass him especially for them that has little at Qb and they're set at LB..surely Paterson or Darius were less risky but can not change the franchise or sell tickets..it would have been better to have an experienced Qb in front of him or try to have some sure-handed receivers..unfortunately Newton will start from day 1 without reliable receivers



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:56 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

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.

Bo knows stupid.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:29 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Clearly prove "Bo don't know"  What an idiot



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:23 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

"Coming from someone who watched Marino and Elway in their prime, Cam doesn't have the arm strength of either of these guys.   Bo is a complete homer.   Most ridiculous statement I've heard so far for this new football year."

Obviously you haven't seen him unload yet.  i have watch many strong armed QB and he is as gifted as they are.  (Elway, Bert Jones, Marino, Doug Williams) 

Considering most will say he has a cannon YOUR STATEMENT is the most ridiculous statement Ive heard so far this new football year.

Stop being a hater.

Watch some film before you turn tha spout on you call a mouth.   



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:18 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

If the Panthers do rumble, stumble, bumble to two wins in 2011, do they select Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 draft?



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:13 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Bo knows!  Ok, look, I love Bo Jackson, but even his best endorsement of Cam Newton isn't gonna sell him as a good NFL quarterback.  I think the best quality that Cam has is his two stud RBs, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.  They should take the pressure of him and allow him to focus on becoming a passer, not runner.  He should allow his two RBs be the ball carries and if he can learn to throw, he might not be as terrible as I think he will be.  Good to hear from ol Bo Jackson though!  



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:05 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Hopefully Cam can read a d cause Pryor cant. Nor can he throw...Neither one of them is gonna make it.  Please people, Vick is an average qb. Watch, he had a nice run of 4 straight last year, and yes he had a great night against...yes the shitty skins.  But he was less then impressive his last 6, actually not very good. He got $$$ watch, ole Mike is gonna not care or try like he did last year.Just like he did in Atlanta. Sorry he's still a dirtball, he unlike others is just smart enough to hide it...



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:03 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Bo don't know what he's talking about this time. This isn't Saturday afternoon football. I guess time will tell. 



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:01 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Bo dont know football.......Newton is a Jamarcus size bust..be riding the pine by nov..never to play again.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 8:53 am
 

Bo Jackson says Cam Newton, Panthers 'are scary'

Too bad it takes brains to play QB....


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