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January 31, 2012

Ex-Niners coach: Cam Newton in "fast lane" to greatness

INDIANAPOLIS

As his Pro Bowl performance showed – albeit in an exhibition where the intensity level ebbed and flowed like the Pacific tides – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not yet a finished product.

But a former NFL coach believes Newton is well on his way to greatness.

Ex-San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci, now an NFL Network analyst, raved about Newton's rookie season and predicted big things for last year's first overall pick.

“I think Cam surprised all of us,” Mariucci said Tuesday at Super Bowl media day. “Yeah, he's the No. 1 pick in the draft. But often times when you go to a team that needs to be rebuilt, that guy just has a real sub-par year.

“But boy oh boy, did he take the league by storm. It's really fun to see. And Cam is growing up fast. He is in the fast lane to being a heck of a quarterback. So that's really going to stir it up in the NFC South.”

Mariucci also liked the way offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski incorporated the option to take advantage of Newton's talents. Mariucci believes Chudzinski, who interviewed for three head-coaching positions this year, could get hired next year if the Panthers continue to improve.

I thought he'd be a little more in play this year. He will. His name was out there,” Mariucci said. “And if he has another good offensive year, finding a way for more wins – not just passing yards – but more wins, I think he's going to get a shot next year.”

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM | Permalink

Comments

Wait a minute, is "being a heck of a quarterback" and achieving greatness the same thing?

Posted by: Ronny | Jan 31, 2012 7:24:30 PM

The body of the story doesn't match the headline.

Posted by: Ben | Jan 31, 2012 9:34:14 PM

Lying headlines are part of what makes the Observer the Observer, folks.

Posted by: Authority | Jan 31, 2012 10:54:28 PM

Still got a little inferiority complex over Auburn there, eh, 'bama?

One BCS win does not a legend make. And Cam will be playing in the super bowl in a few years, while your idols will continue to produce legions of NFL busts at the QB position.

Posted by: Cam_Rocks | Feb 1, 2012 6:43:15 AM

I think someone (bama) forgot to take his meds. Scary how some people can pick at 30 minutes of subpar play (which was not entirely Cam's fault, the o-line was not playing AT ALL)to support some delusional idea that "Scam Suxxx."

Most passing yards for any rookie qb ever. Most rushing td for any qb ever. The only way Cam "suxxx" is if that is some slang to mean "awesome." :)

Posted by: kyla | Feb 1, 2012 7:26:15 AM

Mr authority, if you don't like Cam go blow yourself somewhere else.

It's a given we all have our opinions but have some class at least when you make a post.

You are showing yourself to be a selfish uneducated low class person.

Posted by: Louis | Feb 1, 2012 7:52:23 AM

Yeah..........fast lane to SCAM town!

Posted by: TC | Feb 1, 2012 8:29:44 AM

And the beat goes on for the jock sniffers on the CO staff. Cam had a good year that is true. We also only won 6 games. 1/3 of our starts. That is HORRIBLE in any sense. Cam was a part of that team, and his flaw of throwing interceptions cost the cats a few of those L's. It is amazing to read all this nonsense regarding Cam coming from the local reporters. Trust me on the National level there is little to no chatter about this bad team with a good QB. When we win at least 1/2 the games we play, then write idiotic stories like this one, until then stfu.

Posted by: It's all about Cam | Feb 1, 2012 9:23:24 AM

BAMA sucks !!!

BAMA sucks !!!

Tom Brady is gonna get the snot knock out of him on Sunday as JP Paul wins MVP

Posted by: Scott | Feb 1, 2012 9:28:55 AM

Hey Bamaboy do not make fun of Gene Stallings youngest son!!

Posted by: Scott | Feb 1, 2012 9:30:50 AM

Mariucci said that about Joey Harrington...What happened!

Posted by: Cam's Entourage | Feb 1, 2012 10:36:44 AM

Hey Boston Patriot

The Patriots were bottoms feeders long before the Panthers came to be. A true Patriots fan would know that before Brady got there they SUCKED. Oh but you probably only started to follow them in 2000.

Posted by: cchsol68 | Feb 1, 2012 10:58:01 AM

Cam has a great smile, but I fear that is the only thing between his ears.

Posted by: charles in charge | Feb 1, 2012 11:10:07 AM

lol people still hating on Newton, shut the fuck up people, he is the shit, get over it.

Posted by: Josh | Feb 1, 2012 11:14:28 AM

Even though Cam did not do well in the Pro Bowl. Thought that some of the AFC players started acting like it was a real game that counted for something. Look like they were trying to get after him more then they did Rogers' or Bress, that's okay though. Just need to remember there are a lot of haters I think we all need to look at what we do this year, surely it will be more than a 6-10 record. Con Grads Cam. I can see SB in about two years if not this year.

Posted by: JRay 213 | Feb 1, 2012 11:35:41 AM

JRay, start saving up for that super bowl trip bud.

hahahahaha

Posted by: charles in charge | Feb 1, 2012 11:42:25 AM

I hope all you doubters who dont't like Cam like eating crow, we,ll see who laughs last.

Posted by: Bill | Feb 1, 2012 11:54:03 AM

What the heck are you talking about? The guy played well. You cam haters are hilarious. Please lay off the CAPS lock as well.


And the beat goes on for the jock sniffers on the CO staff. Cam had a good year that is true. We also only won 6 games. 1/3 of our starts. That is HORRIBLE in any sense. Cam was a part of that team, and his flaw of throwing interceptions cost the cats a few of those L's. It is amazing to read all this nonsense regarding Cam coming from the local reporters. Trust me on the National level there is little to no chatter about this bad team with a good QB. When we win at least 1/2 the games we play, then write idiotic stories like this one, until then stfu.

Posted by: It's all about Cam | Feb 1, 2012 9:23:24 AM

Posted by: WowBAMAfans | Feb 1, 2012 12:02:59 PM

For the person who is hating on Cam and says Andy Dalton and Tim Tebow is the future of QBs I have to differ. Andy Dalton may be a good QB; however, he is only one demisional and Cam is a multi-threat run pass QB. Andy Dalton also had a top 10 defense and I still believe defenses win championships. There is so much to be said about Tim Tebow, but to call him "the future" at QB is a little extreme. While he may be a winner, Tebow also played in a weak division. Also, let me remind you Tebow only threw and completed 40% of his passes for the year...I'm confused as to how he is even in the discussion right now so as everyone says with Cam...it's about his popularity with fans. Cam completed 60% of his passes 21TDs (passing) and 14TDs (rushing) and the defense was crap. People will always hate regardless but please have reasoning for doing so besides a freakin laptop computer issue...Im sure all was good if you had him on your fantasy football team LOL...NOW ALL YOU CAM HATERS CAN "TEBOW" ON THAT!!! LOL

Posted by: Dazz | Feb 1, 2012 12:23:57 PM

I agree 100% with this article. I hope J.R. sees the added benefit of an entertainer like Cam ... Cam's gonna draw crowds, lots and lots of crowds. J.R. needs to invest in a quality defense to keep Cam on the field as often as possible. And please give this player a solid, dependable running back and another 2 or 3 good receivers ... Cam will add another 25% in merchandize & ticket sales for the Panthers ... easily.

Posted by: David | Feb 1, 2012 12:24:39 PM

I demand to see his birth certificate. Oh, sorry wrong blog. But basically the same. So called Panthers fans would rather see the team fail, as long as Cam fails. Much like all these "great Americans" would accept American failure, as long as the president fails. Obama and Newton must fail at any cost !!!

Posted by: qdog112 | Feb 1, 2012 12:30:23 PM

Qdog112....I didn't want to say anything but you said it for me....THANK YOU!!! I wonder what Obama and Cam have in common besides a popularity...hmmm...think about it for a minute...

Posted by: Dazz | Feb 1, 2012 12:35:33 PM

All Cam haters are Redneck Racists or Cowpile OR Stealer fans

Posted by: Ray | Feb 1, 2012 12:51:01 PM

I seriously can't believe there are still idiots out there who think Cam is a scam.

Posted by: Non-hunter | Feb 1, 2012 12:53:14 PM

haters gonna hate. holla!

cam is the man, cecil done raised him up a superstar. look out, here comes them panthers, superbowl bound baby.

Posted by: corn nuggitz | Feb 1, 2012 1:07:55 PM

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