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Cam Newton to Dolphins? Hard to believe

Heisman Trophy winner and National Championship winning quarterback Cam Newton announced Thursday evening he is leaving Auburn and will be eligible for this spring's NFL draft. And by this morning the buzz around Dolphins fans will almost certainly be that he's our guy!

The Miami quarterback issue will now definitely get solved because Newton is awesome and athletic and tall (no Chad Henne batted passes) and mobile and awesome and yippie!

Stop.

Newton is a great college football player. His 30 TD passes and 20 running TDs is testament to that. But I should not have to tell you college greatness -- especially when limited to one season -- does not certify NFL anything. It doesn't mean Newton will be great in the NFL. Or good. Or mediocre. Or ... anything.

Here is the truth about Cam Newton. Barring an electrifying spring in which he simply blows away at least one personnel man with full say over his organization and a draft pick before the 14th overall selection, Newton will be there when the Dolphins select in April's first round.

And if Jeff Ireland learned anything from mentor Bill Parcells, he probably will not select Newton. But, but, but why you cry aloud?

Because Newton doesn't fit the profile. He's played one season. That's a red flag or it should be. He's been all about the spread option formation and NFL quarterbacks have to be under center. There will be questions about Newton's footwork because of that system he played under, questions as fundamental as, "Can this guy operate under center?" 

There are also questions about whether Newton can read defenses. He didn't do very well in the one or two games he was presented with something other than a single-high safety read.

Was he a product of a great system? No, not entirely. The man is supremely gifted athletically. But is he Josh Freeman all over again? There are serious questions about that.

There are also serious character questions.

This from ESPN's Kevin Weidl:

"Newton was arrested while at Florida on a charge of possessing a stolen laptop computer; there have been rumblings that he had academic issues while with the Gators; and the NCAA investigation surrounding his recruitment out of Blinn College and the fact that his father was attempting to solicit large sums of money in return for Cam attending Mississippi State will all be investigated thoroughly by NFL teams.

The NCAA has cleared Cam Newton of any wrongdoing in the recruitment scandal, but the influence of his father will be a consideration for NFL decision-makers.

Something that bothers me: Newton, his dad, Auburn University and even the NCAA agreed that it would be best if Cecil Newton did not attend the BCS championship game between Auburn and Oregon. Auburn's Athletics Director even released a statement saying Newton was not at the game. And yet, several media outlets shot pictures of the two Newton men, father and son, in a celebratory embrace after the game on the field.

So much for the Newton family word.

The point is there are so many questions and flags here, I would not be surprised if Newton drops like a lead pipe in the draft. And I would not be surprised when the quarterback-hungry Dolphins pass on Newton and select other options.

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Watching that video makes me sick! Tell us oh wise fat Parcells...WTF happened to Henne? Brainwashed the kid Into being an emotionless robot.

Guys like Freeman, Bradford, and even Sanchez seem like they're thrown I to the fire and told by there coaches "Go at em" Take the stinking shackles of a guy and let him play! Newton coming here would be a disaster because the morons that run the organization will find some way to turn the most dynamic college football player into a mindless droid on the field...

Armando, you just broke Home's heart.... I can see the writing on the wall..."Well, Armando, he's 6'5, 255 lbs." LOL!!!

REMEMBER PAT WHITE HAD GREAT STATS BUT THAT GUY JUST PLAIN SUCKED IN THE NFL. IM TELLIN YA V. YOUNG IS THE CORRECT CHOICE HERE IN MIAMI MAKES TOO MUCH SENSE FOR HIM TO BE HERE. CAM NEWTON NOT SOLD ON THIS ASS CLOWN.

Please, please Ireland, DON'T DRAFT MARK INGRAM!!

Agree with the article and red flags. Certainly a talent but most likely wouldn't see the field this year.

My concern is with the Dolphins head coach and front office seemingly tenuous hold on their jobs and wanting to win now. Yeah I get the extension but that was all for show. Will they be willing to take a developmental QB in 2011? Will they be willing to put the long term good of the franchise in front of their own potential short term futures?

The Dolphins drafted a better Cam Newton.
Just Say No!, to the bootleg Pat White.

Armando, the Dolphins should draft Tyron Smith in the first round, plug him in at RT, move Vernon Carey at RG and sign Carl Nicks, FA guard from the Saints to play our LG position. That would be a great start. Our o-line needs to be much better. Run blocking and Pass protecting.

THE NEXT ANDRE WARE!

vince young's numbers are comparable to henne's. he's a mistake, too, tricky. and as much as i loved watching newton play, i'm not convinced he'd be a good fit in the nfl either. he may rock, but if we're going to take a chance on a QB, let's do it in round 4.

Either an off.lineman or a QB in the first round. Gotta be.

THE FINS ARE PROBALY GONNA MOVE DOWN ..JUST LIKE LAST YEAR.I SAY KARL DORREL GETS THE OC JOB..

Why does the glass half to be half empty

U & many other sports reporters said Percy Harvin & Tim Tebow would NOT do well in the NFL

So WTF do u know?

Stick to reporting. Try not to think too much

Home knows football
Home knows what the Dolphins need

And for the record
Miami Dolphins WILL draft Cam Newton

talk later lil busy

cuz as of right now

The Dolphins Suck
Period

Tyron Smith...or Ryan Mallett...Gotta be...

"Barring an electrifying spring in which he simply blows at least one personnel man with full say over his organization"

Umm...

Ric, that happens a lot more thank you think...LOL!!

Taking a "chance" on a QB in the 1st round is no different than taking one on any other position player in the 1st round. Except, if you hit with a QB the payoff is MUCH greater.

Chris, try explaining that to the Dolphins'front office. It's been over a decade and counting...

Ok first things first happy happy. Joy joy Tony Is coming back yes. 2nd I want to draft cam.infant I think we should do what ever takes to get are next qb turn over every rock draft a qb with the first pick and the 3rd pick I'm all for it

Over a decade is right. Almost 3 decades actually (1983). Guess they wanted to quit while they were ahead.

I'd be happy with either Tyron Smith or Ryan Mallett. O-line or QB would make a lot of sense I think...

Lets see isnt it a coaches job to take a gifted athlete and help him improve those skills?? Oh yeah not here at Dolphin U. They never developed Henne, made him worse. Sanchez only played 16 games too, he is turning out ok and he isnt half the athlete Newton is. But then when Ireland talks to him about his dad then its over. Bryant had questions about his mom, didnt affect him in his first year either. When they call us for our pick it will be someone you never heard of and at a position we dont need. The 2 idiots arent going to change.

We absolutely need big & talented QB Cam Nweton

F!@#ing media as usual always saying every QB and skilled player cannot make it in the NFL since Ryan Leaf

Get a Grip Armando & others
Guess everyone from UM lately is a F!@#ing star though
Enuff w all the homerism for Um between u and perennial jackAzz and fictitious sports reporter Omar kool Aid Kelly

How the F!@# is Jac Harris on UM an "Elite" QB who thru 17 interceptions in 2009 season and sucked wind in 2010 and Tim Tebow one of the best college players to ever play the game, "Suck"

U clown reports r so jaded and it makes me hurl

Did u not say Boston College QB Matty "Ice" Ryan
was also not going to amount to much?

Nobody was comparing him to Jake Long pick then in 1st round for the Dolphins

It was all Jake Long or Howie Longs kid

U dont know Shiet, Man!

Cam Newton will tear the NFL a New AAAAAAAAAAAhole

Dolphins Must & Will Draft Cam Newton!

Sanchez will get his butt kicked in this weekend. You watch...

Oh and by the way, why isnt out local beat writers on top of things here? NFL Network reports that Mike Nolan is looking to go elsewhere. Also that the guys being interviewed , other than Childress, are as boring offensively as Fat Tony. laCanfora said last night not to expect too much to change Dolfans.Thats wonderful. If we lose Nolan this team will just be on the bottom for years. Another decade of irrelevance is on the horizon.

Let me just say that taking Ryan Mallet, Jake Locker, or MArk Ingram would be a huge mistake. Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, or PAt Delvin(if we trade back we can take him as a late 1st rounder); those r the only qb's in the draft who have a chance to become elite. If not, trade for Orton or Young and take an O-lineman who plays nasty and is athletic.

And that Parcells/Ireland blueprint has done us a lot of good on the offensive side of the ball.

Playing in a primarily spread offense should killed Sam Bradford's NFL career.

Miami Dolphins Franchise QB

Cam Newton started the first game of Auburn's season, a home victory over Arkansas State on September 4, 2010. Newton accounted for 5 total offensive touchdowns and over 350 yards of total offense. He was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance.

Three weeks later Newton had a second break-out game with 5 total touchdowns and over 330 total offensive yards against the South Carolina Gamecocks. "That's a great SEC win against a really, really good football team. I can't be more proud of our guys," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "I thought we had a good pace going on," Newton said.

On October 2, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 52-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He completed three touchdown passes, one of which went for 94 yards. It was the longest touchdown pass and offensive play in Auburn football history. On October 9, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 37-34 victory over Kentucky. He passed for 210 yards and rushed for 198 yards including 4 rushing touchdowns. On October 16, 2010, during the Arkansas game, Newton ran for three touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass.[15] Following these performances, media reports began to list Newton among the top 5 candidates to watch for the Heisman Trophy.
Newton (top) warming up prior to the 2010 Iron Bowl.

On October 23, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 24-17 victory over the LSU Tigers. He rushed for 217 yards in the game which gave him 1,077 yards for the season and set the SEC record for yards rushing in a season by a quarterback—a record previously held by Auburn quarterback, Jimmy Sidle, that stood for over 40 years—and became just the second quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in the conference's history. He also broke Pat Sullivan's school record for most touchdowns in a single season—a record that has stood since 1971—with 27. Both of these records were broken on the same play: a 49-yard touchdown run in which Newton escaped two tackles, corrected himself with his arm, eluded two additional tackles, and dragged a defender into the endzone for the touchdown. The play was described as Newton's "Heisman moment".[18][19][20] Auburn received its first #1 overall BCS ranking and Newton was listed as the overall favorite for the Heisman.

By halftime of the game against Georgia, Newton became the first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.[22] With the victory, Auburn improved to 11-0 and clinched the SEC West, allowing them to play in the SEC Championship game.
Newton led the Tigers back from a 24-point deficit to defeat rival Alabama.

Newton led Auburn to a 28–27 victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl after being down 24–0. The 24-point come from behind victory was the largest in the program's 117 year history. He passed for 216 yards with three passing touchdowns, and ran for another touchdown.

On December 4, 2010 Newton led the Tigers to an SEC Championship, their first since 2004, by defeating South Carolina once again 56-17, which set an SEC Championship Game record for most points scored and largest margin of victory. Newton was named the game MVP after scoring a career-best six touchdowns (four passing and two rushing). With his performance, Newton also became the third player in NCAA FBS history to throw and run for 20-plus touchdowns in a single season (along with former Florida teammate Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, who reached the milestone earlier the same day).

Newton was named the 2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year as well as the 2010 AP Player of the Year. He was also one of four finalists for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, which he won in a landslide victory.

Following the victory in the SEC Championship, Auburn was invited to participate in the school's first BCS National Championship Game. The game took place on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona, with Auburn playing against the Oregon Ducks.[26] In a game that was expected to score as high as 60-55 by Steve Spurrier [27], Auburn beat Oregon just 22 to 19 to win the BCS National Championship. Newton threw for 262 yards 2 touchdowns and one interception. He also ran the ball 22 times for 65 yards, though he lost a fumble that later allowed Oregon to tie the game with limited time remaining. Once Auburn received the ball, Newton drove the Tigers down the field to win the game on Wes Byrum's last-second field goal. Media outlets wrote that Newton was upstaged by teammate Michael Dyer (the game's Offensive MVP) and Auburn's defense, which held the high-powered Oregon ground game to just 75 yards

On January 13th, three days after winning the BCS National Championship, Cam Newton declared for the 2011 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season

So we dont need or want Cam Newton cuz
Armando ate a bad burrito and is suffering from embarrassing flatulence problems?

C`Mon Man!
Gimme a break!

Home was dead on last year (as well known)
On signing of Brandon Marshall & Karlos Dansby
When all u reporters and bloggers said,
"No Way Home!"
"Stop Talking about IT"
No Way, Dolphins Ever Get Marshall or Dansby!"

Yet Home kept the post relentlessly coming that Dolphins will get B-Marsh & Capt. Karlos

Now Home says CAM NEWTON WILL BE A MIAMI DOLPHIN

and
The Dolphins WONT SUCK
Period

Hi guys, home I know you are big on this guy. And I get it, He has superior size and plays confident. But the one thing not mentioned in this article that is the most alarming. His throwing mechanics are not consistant and his footwork as terrible. Tebow, did not have this problem. Newton really scares me. He has the same release issues as Leftwich, his in game speed is somewhat slow at the college level, and he has the same issue a Jay cutlers footwork but x10. He would be a project at best in my thoughts. But his draft projection should be about 27th in the 1st round due to his athleticism. Again, this all means nothing in the grand scheme of things, because the drive of the athlete is what really is most important to be a success, that is if they have above average talent.

We will see, those are my thoughts though.

Two Words. Blaine Gabbert.

I would rather sign and keep ronnie than draft ingram...

they will trade down if possble to recoup the 2nd traded for Marshall... Then select the best available O-Linemen (be it guard or center) if the trade doesn't happen then its WR in the 1st... Make no mistake they will select a QB this year, just not in the 1st or 2nd... Maybe a C. Ponder

Take JAquizz Rodgers in the later rounds!!! Hes gonna make it, i know it. Runs like a pinball.

Sorry, Mando, gotta agree with Home on this one! If he's available, the Dolphins draft Cam! Ross wants to put butts in the seats and make the Fins relevant again with an explosive Offence! Can't pass up one of the most explosive players in the draft. Even if he sucks in the NFL, people will come to see him play. And, even if he doesn't play his first year, they will pay to see him ride the bench until he does get in the game. It's all about the money, Mando!

Ryan Mallett of Arkansas is the guy we should go after. He is a future Rothlisberger. Big, strong, and smart. Check out his #'s

Home... are you an Auburn Fan???? Cam Newton was a "Great one year wonder". Not enough confidence to invest such a lofty pick on a guy that has plenty of Question marks about his character, maturity, & game... Remember if you were running that organization he has tons of RAW atheleticism but that does not automatically mean that he"ll be great at the next level... It just seems like you've already bought the farm on this kid.

Newton is to stupid to read defenses in the NFL.He will be another Jamarcus Russell, once he gets the money, he wont work to improve. The choices he and his Dad made, shows you how he was raised. No way the Fins draft him.

Poizen | January 14, 2011 at 08:45 AM

Yes have seen u post this manty times

Dont be scare Poizen
Home will hold your trembling unsure hand and but u a beer lol

Miami Dolphins draft in the 1st round ... QB Cam Newton

John, Amen brother...

Home... are you an Auburn Fan???? Cam Newton was a "Great one year wonder".

Posted by: dave | January 14, 2011 at 08:55 AM

Dave why so neg? Jealous? Fan of nother college team?

and
Home got your "Great one year Wonder"
Right Here, Hanging Nice and Low!

Now Get Your Shine Box!

Cam Newton shouldn't be the choice but neither should Vince Young. Some of you guys are nuts. Did you follow Young's Titan's career? It's common knowledge he didn't put the study time necessary into game prep. We shouldn't look at anyone that doesn't have the inate intelligence that is necessary to be a top level QB in the NFL. Whether that's because they truly aren't smart enough or it's because of other character issues (immaturity, cheating on tests, stealing lap tops, etc.), I don't care. We can't afford to hook our wagon to a project that might have learned from past lessons. Give me a Matt Ryan, Joe Montana (some one who doesn't necessarily have the greatest physical tools but does have the mental aspects) over an Akili Smith, Jamarcus Russell, etc. (physical attributes off the charts but...)

I always had doubts about your sanity now I know the answer. I remember somebody a long time ago that got pass by 23 teams and the great Don Shula took a chance on I'll stick with Shula's rational.

I told you about Newton, he had to travel around alot, went to alot of schools.

Is Newton smart?

random thought but if he can't play QB maybe Newton could be a dangerous WR...

I'm not sure what to think about Gabbbert; he definetly looks the part. However, the one consistent thing i keep hearing is that he has little to no deep-ball accuracy. In the tapes i watched he completed many deep-balls but appeared to be tossing it up for grabs and doing it on his back foot. Is that going to be a problem at the next level?

Newton will not be a dolphin we will bring in a veteran QB. I would rather take a WR, RB, or OL at 15 or trade down and pick up a 2nd rd pick.

We are going to end up with another bust QB if we draft one at 15 especially cam newton I can see why people want him, but like mando said in his article 1 really good year gives me pause where was he all the other years?

actually agree w Home... If he is there we are going to take him. Any of the topr 4 QB choices would be a smart move

Hey Good Morning Fellas, Happy Friday.

I would not be dissappointed if the Dolphins past on Cam Newton for another "POTENTIAL" huge talent such as Julio Jones, Ryan Mallett, Von Miller or Robert Quinn. But if Miami passes on a player like Newton to draft Derrick Sherrod or Gabe Carimi both offensive linemen then I will be sick to my stomach about as sick as I was last year drafting Koa Misi in round 2 when he was probably going to be there in round 3. Not saying Misi is a scrub but he didn't do much as a rookie changing positions and I want an IMPACT player not a solid character guy and solid player.

Newton has a million question marks and rightfully so. He alsp has just as much athletic ability and talent. I would take him if I were Miami and he was there and not think twice because he is just oozing with talent but he is a project QB about 2 FULL seasons away from being NFL ready so a situation like Jacksonville at #16 makes more sense. He can learn behind Garrard and also give that putrid franchise hope.

If Miami keeps passing on "POTENTIAL" super stars for Senior Bowl practice players of the week they will be looking like Jacksonville with about half the stadium empty.

Can we stop the Parcells worship finally? He has left the building.

beerphin, That is why he projects end of first round, because he is a sick athlete. the problem is no one knows how that will translate to the NFL.

My personal opinion if he is smart(no joke intended) He should forus on Tight End. He literally could be the most versitile and talented tight end EVER. with his size and hands, as well as the threat of a reverse from someone coming off the end of the line is CRAZY. That would be my suggestion. He would be the first SLASH tight end. That could be cray.

Immaturity can be overcome, antisocial tendencies take much longer to control, however, football dumbness is unthinkable.

Jay,

The "tape you watched" LMAO please. You mean the Youtube highlights. I watch you fake Mel Kipers come on here and act like you know how to break down game films and know what you are talking about.

A guy came on here the other day "People's GM" he actually sounded like he knew what he was talking about. He said he played college ball and was a QB coach on the high school level yadda yadda yadda and ok but the next day "Poizen" comes on here and says the same exact thing. You frauds kill me. Shut up and be fans and say who you like and what "YOU" think but don't try and act like you have the resources to get game tape and break it down and know what a QB is seeing cause you all look like Donkeys to us reading.

I do perceive a sense of urgency to win NOW on Ross's part.

PLEASE DOLPHINS DRAFT WHO I WANT. ALL THOSE OTHER PLAYERS ARE BUSTS AND MINE ARE STONE COLD LEAD PIPE LOCKS. THEY ARE "BEASTS". THAT WORD (AND THE FACT THAT THAT MY CAPPS LOCK IS ALWAYS ON)SHOULD TELL YOU THAT I KNOW ALOT AND THAT I AM DEAD SERIOUS. NO KIDDING. I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE IT. ARE I WRITE ON A BLOG AND THAT MEANS I CAN FORESEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. MY HUNCHES ARE ALWAYS RIGHT.

Orange and Aqua Pants, LOL!!!!!!!!

Home is an Ass. Has No football knowledge. Go back to sucking chem trails...

If Newton falls to 15 his gamble would be too much to pass on. IMO you take the best athlete available and produce the player with coaching and a system that works. Is anyone going to argue that if Newton does play at a high level as in college than he is the most impactful player on the board period? His reward is greater than the risk and his "red flags" are going to make some team lucky... should be a top 5 pick IMO

Newton has bust written all over him. He has terrible footwork. terrible mechanics, doesn't read defenses, showed he was a bit inaccurate in the BCS Championship game. If you'll recall he under threw one open receiver, over threw another, and threw an interception. Many of his completion were short passes turned into big gains by by a receiver breaking a tackle or 2. He also has not had to go under center, then read defenses as he drops back. There are too many red flags with him. He may be a good QB in 3 or 4 years, but the Dolphins need one that is able to play now.

Never again will I watch a Youtube highlight on a future draft prospect. It was enough with Ted Ginn.

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