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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