I hate Cam Newton. It has nothing to do with his little dance in the end zone Sunday against the Titans or stealing of the Packer banner the week before. It just adds to my hatred, however as I think he’s one of the most over-privileged athletes in recent history. After all he is the best quarterback Auburn could buy. How the school and Newton’s dad didn’t get in trouble for this is beyond me. It just shows you how boosters control college teams more than the coaches, school president or the laws of the land.
Did I mention I also hate Auburn? It goes way back to 1971 and Pat Sullivan. The Auburn QB won the Heisman Trophy and was the Atlanta Falcons’ first pick in the draft. They thought they had finally drafted their first franchise quarterback in their short history. Having joined the league in 1966 they had used a few journeymen quarterbacks such as Bob Berry. Wrong. It was my first encounter with a Heisman bust in my youth of the NFL. There have been a ton since and a ton before supposedly. But he sucked playing for my Falcons. I hated Bo Jackson. Too much hype and he had to try and prove he was a stud by playing pro baseball and pro football. I don’t think he was an all-star in baseball despite being on the all-star team. It was all a part of the hype machine.
There was nothing that Auburn could do to change my long-standing hatred of their football program – except beat Alabama. I actually hate them worse. Truth be told, it’s their fan base I actually hate.
And my hatred for Newton is even worse. Even if he rescued a house full of kittens from a burning fire… well maybe but I would blame the fire on him.
As a pro he has adjusted his game pretty well to NFL standards and has proven himself a pretty decent passer at times who balances his running with his passes more than other similar QBs like RG3 and Vince Young – one who is now out of the league and the other for all intents and purposes is as well. Any running QB hasn’t lasted long as a starter in this league.
“It’s one of those things he has been working on, his fundamental and his technique, and I’ve seen those things happen and seen those come to fruition. He did a nice job today. Cam (Newton) did a nice job with those things,” said Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera about Newton’s passing early in the game. “They handle a lot of things thrown at us, so give them credit. They came after us and they played some very aggressive football. I thought some things they did against our offense, you have to take your hat off to. We made some adjustments later on in the middle of the 3rd quarter. I thought what Mike (Shula) and the offensive coaches tried to do really paid off. Give them credit. They fought and scratched against us. Coach (Mike) Mularkey did a nice job getting them ready to play.”
Newton came into the game against the Titans bringing his team in with a perfect 8-0 record. Marcus Mariota in his second game back from an MCL sprain kept it close the first half as the Titans trailed 14-10 at half but that was as close as they got as Carolina pulled away scoring the only points in the half to win 27-10.
“I think the adjustments they made coming out for the second half was very good. They moved the ball on us a couple of times and fortunately, we only gave up 10 points,” said Rivera. “But they have a good, young quarterback that is growing, they have some playmakers around him and they do a nice job trying to protect him. As they develop and grow, I think they are a good football team. I think, as I said, a lot of what they do is really good and we just got to be on our game and not expect to just show up.”
Despite the win the Carolina offense did not generate that much offense as they totaled 306 yards, but it was still more than Tennessee who only had 11 first downs all afternoon.
“We just didn’t do a good job of executing on third down and that starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job of helping those guys out in terms of protection and getting the ball out and allowing the guys to make plays,” said Mariota of the Titans’ struggles on offense in the second half.
“Defense did a good job; we stuck with them for three quarters, and just let it slip away. It shows that Carolina is a good fundamental team and they made little mistakes,” said Titan running back Dexter McCluster of the team’s play against the Panthers.
The Titans don’t have long to dwell on this game as they play Thursday night against divisional foe the Jacksonville Jaguars. “It is a challenge physically, obviously. Always has been, to have to turn around and play. We are going to bring them in tomorrow, later tomorrow, and just walk through. We are going to be very smart about how we do things this week as far as having them ready to go, but they also have to take some responsibility and that started last week,” said Titans head coach Mike Mularkey. “You know, trying to get them on and off the field, trying to make them understand that we have two games here, at that point it was next week, so what you do from last Thursday on will affect this game and that Thursday game.”
The Titans play Thursday in Jacksonville and the game will be aired on the NFL Network with kickoff scheduled for 8:25pm.
– Dave Weinthal
Enigma's mobile Concert Calendar!