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February 25, 2011

Gabbert has a quiet confidence

    We'll have more in tomorrow's paper about Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert, the next quarterback in most people's minds after that Cam Newton guy (who is scheduled to meet with the media Saturday).

    But while Newton has taken a beating for his "icon" comments earlier this week, Gabbert wasn't yielding much ground when asked about the pecking order of passers in this draft.

    "I think that's what you guys are making it out to be, kind of me vs. Cam," Gabbert said with a grin.

    At the same time, there was an undercurrent of confidence to everything Gabbert said.

    Asked to compare himself to Newton, and you could almost sense a bit of a challenge at the end of a heavily scripted answer.

    "Cam's an explosive athlete," Gabbert said. "You've seen what he has done at the college level. He's won a JUCO national championship, won the national championship at Division I level. 

    "He's been extremely successful, so he has all the talent in the world but we're going to compete and fight it out and may the best man win." 

-- Darin Gantt


Posted by Observer Sports on February 25, 2011 at 07:08 PM | Permalink


Give me a break. Anyone who would choose Gabbert over Newton is crazy,a s crazy as Gabbert is to think he has a chance against Newton in anything. Tiddlywinks, Curling, name the sport, especially football, I'll take Newton every time.

Posted by: beufordtjustice | Feb 25, 2011 7:58:30 PM

Newton is a joke. An overconfident joke. He's more athlete than football player at this point and he really comes across as too arrogant to change. Gabbert's not great and it's going to take a lot of work but he's far more willing to do that work than Newton is.

Posted by: K | Feb 25, 2011 8:05:38 PM

None of these guys are worth #1 overall pick/aren't day 1 starters. It's silly to question Cam N work ethic,many ppl say he has a great work ethic. His problem are with the comments he previously made of wanting to be an icon/entertainer.

I find it funny how Blaine G, who only threw 16tds and 9ints in the Big 12( that doesn't play defense not name the Cornhuskers) to be consider a "franchise Qb" according to Mike Maylock eyes. Heck Chase D had a better college career in the same system Gabbert is coming out from and he was undrafted.

He might have a strong arm and is mobile. But he has poor deep ball accuracy. Poor footwork, came from a spread with alot of screen passes, panics when pressure gets to him. They should just actually develop the QB they have on this team and sign a veteran. Because once Newton or Blaine G doesn't live up to the hype, they will be thrown under the bus and we will hear the draft Luck.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 25, 2011 8:15:58 PM

Just pick one of them....... We won't finish with the number 1 pick again anytime soon playing the ODDS. So lets take a chance at a franchise qb. One of the two will turn into a better qb than JC.

Posted by: Tom | Feb 25, 2011 8:45:17 PM

Playing the odds would be picking the QB though...taking a risk would be drafting some other position.
Fact is both of these guys will take a lot of work..I don't question Newton's work ethic at all..he'll work hard...at doing what he wants to do..he never had that problem at Auburn because he fit so naturally into their system he doesn't fit into a pro system and he's really struck me as the kind of guy who'll only put the effort in if it's what he wants to do.
Gabbert...the numbers are concerning...but he might be okay..
In any case neither of these guys projects to be that much better than Clausen was projected to be..so let's give the Clausen/Pike project one more year and go with Nick Fairely or Patrick Peterson

Posted by: K | Feb 25, 2011 9:04:48 PM

I believe that Newton has a big head problem that will follow him to the NFL and he will bust.

Pick Nick, please.

Posted by: SSGPat | Feb 25, 2011 11:09:48 PM

We could always employ the old Viking strategy of just letting the pick get skipped on the time clock and move down a few less expensive spots if we can't trade the pick. If there is a rookie wage scale we should look to trade the pick and gain a lower first, get back our second, and maybe another third to boot

Posted by: Isaiah | Feb 26, 2011 9:17:07 AM

Trade down if you can. If not, take the best pick which I hope is not either of these QBS but if it is, then OK.

Posted by: crbell | Feb 26, 2011 9:23:13 AM

You Cam Newton haters are too easy to see through. The football player has the greatest potential than the NFL has probably ever seen and your crying about silly little sh!t. Its no different now than when Doug Williams or Warren Moon wanted to play in the NFL. You were always looking for something to discredit the great talent.

Posted by: bassmn | Feb 26, 2011 10:52:45 AM

o-wow is a dork.

Posted by: trulytimely | Feb 26, 2011 3:40:40 PM

trulytimely is a jackass. If you don't like my comment then don't read it.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 26, 2011 4:29:32 PM

All I know is Gabbert played in a pass happy spread offense & threw for 17 TDs. Newton played in more of a run based spread & threw for 30 TDs & ran for another 20 against a lot better competition. That is all that really needs to be said IMO. I am starting to think newton might be the Panthers pick & I am not so sure that is a bad move as long as their is a rookie cap with the new CBA.

Posted by: Smiley | Feb 26, 2011 5:42:06 PM

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