Happy Monday to all out there. First Monday in August, and it’s very hard to believe we’re already into the dog days of summer. If the lockout hadn’t squashed the hopes of so many, this upcoming weekend would be the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
I really want to get into the habit of reading Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column on SI each week. I made a habit of skimming it last year, but I really want to read it and digest it. I like how he sprinkles everything-NFL that you need all in one spot, with a fair amount of ass-kissing. Today’s useful bit:
Watching Cam Newton Sunday night in Spartanburg, S.C., three things were evident: He’s a confident kid, even though he doesn’t know half of what he needs to know yet. He’s very well-liked by the fans, and that’s helped by signing as many autographs as any Panther in camp so far. And though his accuracy is very much a work in progress (he missed six or eight open receivers Sunday), he does throw a beautiful deep ball — as he did to wideout David Gettis late in practice, a 45-yard throw that landed in Gettis’ arms perfectly.
So nothing about the tweet last night and King getting snubbed by the Panther’s QB of the future. This I assume, is because King knows that he was off base in the first place and he knows why Newton reacted the way that he did.
Maybe Newton didn’t have time for SI’s King, but he had time for Jarrett Bell of USA Today. He also had an interesting quote in that story.
People hear that and think, ‘He’s looking to start, Day 1.’ I’m not saying that. I’m just pushing myself. Let’s weave through the gossip and the excuses, and get down to the nitty gritty
Another funny part in the article that I do buy is that Carolina Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski sees a burning desire in Newton to excell. I should hope so. Most people display that their first few days at any job. I thought that was kind of funny. Although I do buy that Newton is going to be an other-worldly character and guy who has a hunger to win like no one we’ve seen in the pro game before.
It’s unfortunate they’re close to adding Derek Anderson to the stable of Jimmy Clausen and Newton. The guy brings nothing to the table, is as dumb as a box of rocks, and fights with fans and the media. Just a complete train wreck cancer.
Hopefully more to come later today.