When I look at how these Scouts and Analysts regard a QuarterBack, I don't give a rat's ass about how far he can throw it on a wire, or how fast he runs the 40: Anyone who thinks that those Skills are the most critical ones in assessing a QuarterBack's ability to lead a team to a Championship have overlooked the last 90 years of History.
When I look at how these Scouts and Analysts regard a QuarterBack, 90% of my evaluation derives from comments on his Processing Speed, his Decision Making, his Field Vision, his Pocket Presence, and his Mechanics.
And Cam Newton comes up awfully short in Processing Speed, which I consider the Alpha and Omega of Skills. He also grades poorly in Field Vision and Mechanics, and is an unknown quantity in both Decision Making and Pocket Presence. I like the guy, and he's a natural leader, but I just don't see him developing into a dependable QuarterBack, much less the Super Star that so many expect.
Mind you: He is such a Force ~ and such a natural leader ~ that I expect his initial impact will likely be a positive one, much like Michael Vick's in Atlanta. But ultimately, I believe opposing Defenses will figure out how to contain him, and I just don't see enough of a QuarterBack ~ as opposed to an exceptional Athlete ~ to overcome that, which I believe will start a spiral that ends, at last, in mediocrity and failure. In fact, I'm going to go on the record and say that, ultimately ~ while he'll provide a lot of excitement ~ Cam Newton is going to prove to be a Bust.
Here's hoping he proves me wrong.
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