Tag:Ken Dorsey
Posted on: May 23, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 10:05 am

Newton working with ex-Cane Ken Dorsey too

Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton has all kinds of mentors and coaches helping him get better as an NFL quarterback.

But the latest guy added to Newton's list of helpers, per Peter King of Sports Illustrated, is a pretty interesting one: ex-Miami Hurricane star Ken Dorsey.

The logic behind the combination? Well, Dorsey knows Panthers' offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski's system pretty well, having played under "Chud" as an OC in 2001 and 2002 at Miami, as well as 2007 and 2008 with the Cleveland Browns.

"The best way to describe it is it's like an old pilot grooming a new pilot to take over his plane," said George Whitfield, another of Newton's coaches. "The old pilot's teaching him about every one of the controls in the cockpit."

This pairing is particularly interesting to me, because it's not the type of thing that Newton would be doing to get his mind, feet and body right for the long term. It seems like a move Newton is making in order to try and make an immediate impact for the Panthers in 2011.

As Clark Judge recently wrote, it's kind of unlikely that any of this year's rookie signal callers will have a tremendous impact (the lockout's hurting them the most), but it sure does look like Newton is doing his best to get a grasp on what's supposed to be an incredibly complex offensive playbook.

That should be good news for the Panthers, considering how much they just invested in Heisman winner.

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Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:32 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Posted by Andy Benoit

The motif of post-draft quarterback analysis this offseason has been, How will the rookie signal-callers learn their first NFL system if there are no offseason team activities?

Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Cam Newton’s mental develoK. Dorsey (US Presswire)pment will be followed the closest. The No. 1 overall pick and highest-profile NCAA player in 2010 has drawn scrutiny for his unproven football IQ (remember Newton telling Jon Gruden before the draft about Auburn’s playbook being number-coded?).

In continuing that scrutiny, we pass along the report from Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Newton is learning his playbook at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL with the help of former NFL quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey.

Weinke, you recall, played for the Panthers. Dorsey may not be as snazzy a mentor as Brett Favre, but his contributions are noteworthy because he played for current Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami (and briefly in Cleveland, as well). Thus, Dorsey knows most of Carolina’s new offensive system.

“It’s a lot of material that I do not know, but each day I’m going in and learning something,” Newton told the Associated Press. “So by the time . . . the lockout is lifted and I get a chance to talk to Chudzinski and (QB coach Mike) Shula and meet back up with the team, I’ll be on top of my game.”

Newton recently told reporters that he’s putting in 12-hour days at the IMG Academy.

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