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Sparano shadow fades only in the offseason

Me? The head is spinning because another offseason has dawned and a handful of Dolphins players are going off on coaches, on each other, on anything and everything they believe is wrong with the organization.

Again.

Over here, you have Ricky Williams whining because, in his opinion, coach Tony Sparano preached too much about scoring touchdowns in the red zone and not fumbling or making stupid mistakes. Of course, Ricky believes this was wasted energy of the zen demon screwu because the Dolphins clearly didn't need to hear about scoring in the red zone or fumbling.

Then Brian Hartline does a radio interview with former University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta on WQAM and complains the Dolphins are apparently too regimented and stick to the game plan too closely and need to "make some plays off schedule" to be more effective.

And Brandon Marshall finally explains comments he made after Sunday's season-finale in which he said the offense was not speaking the same language and on different pages. I specifically asked him, by the way, to explain what he meant by speaking a different language during his press conference Sunday and he didn't wish to be specific.

But he got specific on the Michael Irvin show, explaining that in his relationship with previous quarterbacks the understanding was that even if a read called for the ball to go elsewhere but he had man coverage, the QB would throw the ball up to him and he'd run under it or outfight the cornerback for it.

Marshall's complaint is that quarterback Chad Henne wouldn't do that, but rather would go through his progressions as taught to him by quarterback coach David Lee.

"Henne, the way he plays the game is he goes exactly through his reads, no matter the matchup," Marshall said. "Then you get to the sideline, and it’s some conflict there because they don’t like it."

When Tyler Thigpen got in the game Sunday, however, Thigpen apparently blew off the proper read and threw it to Marshall anyway. And that made Marshall a Thigpen fan. And it also led to an argument between Marshall and Lee on the sideline.

And all that is fair to say, but I still think if men are men and they want to stand for something and actually help the team while the season is still salvageable, it should be said during the season.

Yet we hear nothing -- with the exception of a hint here or there from Marshall -- during the season. By the way, I respect that Marshall said what he said during the season. He made his points and no one argued or had the nerve to contradict him in public. So he gets a nod for some honesty and openness.

Everyone else ... where'd this stuff come from? Where was it all season?

I say all that to say this:

This is the second consecutive season Miami players go into open rebellion after the season is over. Last year, Joey Porter went on a scorched Earth campaign against Tony Sparano and his teammates that ultimately got him a one-way ticket to the waiver wire -- twice.

Channing Crowder also chimed in with certain complaints the genesis of which I can't even remember now and don't give any import to, anyway.

But all of Porter's and Crowder's griping came after the season.

And perhaps a surface analysis of this now two-year trend is that several players don't especially love the way the Dolphins are run and don't necessarily agree with the way Sparano does thing. That could lead you to believe Sparano has lost the locker room.

You'd be wrong.

It should lead you to the exact opposite conclusion.

The fact no one seems to have the guts to speak up during the season, while they are still under Sparano's supervision, says all those complainers and bitchers -- not including Marshall -- feared saying anything. They feared what Sparano might do. They were wary of crossing the coach while the season was still in flight.

It was only after the season ended and they were no longer under Sparano's control that they went off on the team or teammates or the coach.

Again: When the season was on and Sparano held the reins, no one other than Marshall said a peep and even Marshall tamed his comments. It wasn't until after Sparano was out of sight that anyone felt like they could, you know, speak.

That, like it or not, is control.

It isn't always like that in a football locker room.

Cam Cameron lost control of his locker room around the middle of 2007 and before the year was over, players were challenging him on the team plane and cursing him out in meetings. I know of no such incident with Sparano's Dolphins.

Remember that in Nick Saban final season, he lost control of the locker room. He got into an expletive-filled argument with quarterback Daunte Culpepper during practice and players were questioning his intentions the last three weeks as Alabama rumors swirled.

Dave Wannstedt lost the Miami locker room early in 2003.

Jimmy Johnson lost Dan Marino around 1998, perhaps earlier, and the two waged all-out war in 1999, with most of the locker room siding with Marino.

Yet in-season, Sparano rides herd over Miami's locker room. Players may not like him. It's impossible to get 53 gifted people to like one guy telling them what to do, anyway. But none of them showed much desire to criticize Sparano or anything else until they got out from under his shadow.

Control.  

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I think mondo has a man crush. What I've got out your last few posts is that Ricky Williams is the devil and you're leaving your wife for Brandon Marshall. Show me a team that under performed and doesn't have unhappy players. The real story is that the personel choices made by the front office has been below satisfactory. I'm willing to bet that we have one of, if not the worst, team in terms of speed. We have missed out on some very good free agents and draft choices. I don't think sporano is the problem, it's the front office and I wish Ross could see that.

Bull, he lost the locker room the last four games of the season.

GOOY BRESS

NO TO COWHER!

GOOBY BRESS!!

Lol, sometimes... All you guys yelling for Harbaugh, who by the way would be my pick if they are set on getting rid of Coach Sporano, will without a doubt keep Chad Henne. Harbaugh, Michigan, Ross, Michigan, Henne Michigan. Harbaugh will come in and try to fix Henne. No way they throw a fellow Michigan guy under the bus

If Harbaugh comes on, I wonder how this affects the OC search...

#1Dolphin Fan in Montreal

Home is not attracted to Cam Newton bcuz of his size

That is your language

Dude HAVE U SEEN HIM PLAY!?

AMAZING TALENT & LEFT HANDED

But @ 6.6 he would be as tall as any QB in the NFL
Joe Flacco @ 6.6 is currently the tallest but
he is not 250 lb like Cam Newton and
Cannot run
Like Cam Newton

Why do u have the glass half empty?

The Kid is F!@#ing Great

Sign Him Up, Baby!
Whatever It Takes!

F!@# the old has been relic NFL dudes!

Watch Cam Nwton Highlights on you tube if u have not watched his last 5 games like Home has!

Thats OUR Boy!

Cam Newton or NOTHING
Period
Exclamation Point

Business cards, check. Open house signs, check. Balloons, check.

Yes DLSr....lets get more more GOOD-TWO-SHOES...players who shut up and do what thier told...Maybe we can draft the whole senior bowl team this year....not just the guy with the broken leg.....Somebody calls them "peter principals....that what we need more of.....

Forget the fire that Marshall brings....yes he drops passes...but who else on this team do you think can make a play...not catch a ball...make a play!!

Our QB..."does what he is told"....which is exaxtly what YOU DON'T WANT" in a QB....you want a smart guy who understands down and distance....knows when a play is being run into the defence's strengths...and can auidible out of it....you want your QB to be confident...your QB should be advised...not told...give him 3-4 options and see what he does with them......

But no....we should just get players who SHADDUP and do what thier told.

If Cowher eventually comes in (and I wouldn;t be opposed to that) I have two questions for you fellas:

First, just how patient would you REALLY be? Without a solution at the QB position, not much is going to change. Cowher would struggle with that issue just as much as any other coach. There aren't any magic wands to make it better.

I suspect more than a few folks would be howling for HIS head in a couple of years if the team isn't a title contender, which is entirely possible.

Remember, too, that even the Steelers fanbase constantly called for his firing (he was the guy who 'couldn't win the big one') and it was the franchise itself that ignored those fans and stuck with him.

Would you be willing to stick with him for YEARS if that's what it takes?

Second, how do you resolve the desire for a more wide-open offensive attack with the fact that Cowher has ALWAYS preferred a very old-school, run-first philosophy? A philosophy not all that different from what Sparano and Co. have favored.

I'm not saying I oppose that approach at all...only that I find it curious to want Cowher if that's not your cup of tea offensively. There's no reason to think he would change just because it's a different team.

Your thoughts?

well, it is now wednesday,
getting a bad feeling
this whole coach issue could go
really bad for us

Cow-Head isn't coming here, Neither is Gruden

I'm not sure I want Harbaugh. The only thing I really remember about him as an NFL player was somebody dropping a hail mary pass & not going to the superbowl. Poor Ted Marchibroda!

LET SEE THE PICTURE AGAIN ,

IF HARBAUGH COMES AND FAIL IN HIS FIRST 6 GAMES ,THE STADIUM IS STILL EMPTY, THEN FIRE HIM AFTER A YER AND GIVE HIM HIS 24 MILLION.

GOOY BRESS

No on kitna..he's been a bust for years. He even said with his own lips that ge is a career backup QB. You cannot risk that at the point we are at now, we need to get out of this hole, not have kitna dig it deeper...

Home, let's get CAM NEWTON BABY!!!!

hey guys don't you see they (front office)aint going to get a new coach its a throw off to make us think they was thats why you keep hereing them saying and nfl source said this and said that. it just games so that it look to us that they tried to get another coach and all the time they was never going to anyway

And what the heck is taking Ross so long here, every day/hour that passes is hurting our chances and actually making Ross look like a tard for not having his shyt together

Cow, ss that like a "Read my lips, no new taxes" kinda thing? If you have a quote, please post it, I'd love to see that. I don't think any QB wtih a shred of confidence would ever mutter those words.

Not coming to the Dolphins:

Cowher,Gruden,HardBalls

Ok

U Get That, Huh?

No STFU bout it

and some one take Cam Newton to dinner and show him Shaq`s old house on Star Island

Dr....Cowher was the one who used Kordell Stewart in the "Slash" role with great results so he can be creative on offense.

We all know the Steelers are the #1 defensive unit in the NFL year after year.

Cowher has 3 AFC championships and 8 playoff appearances under his tenure.

I for one trust that Cowher, above all, is a WINNER...and if winning means having the #1 defense and running the ball up the middle with the results being the Playoffs year after year....I"LL TAKE IT!

Joe...Agree with you....Mr. Ross has went from Making Tont S. a lame duck to a cooked goose

Home, let's get CAM NEWTON BABY!!!!

Posted by: #1 Dolphin Fan in Montreal | January 05, 2011 at 10:26 AM


AAAALLLRRRRIIIGGGGGHHHHHHTTTT MONTREAL !!!

Now We R Talking! ;)

Some of these names I'm seeing (Kitna, for one) offer nothing in the way of a real solution.

Sure, this or that veteran might well get Miami to a 10 win status...even a marginal playoff team...but a true contender? No way.

This is going to have to be solved through the draft, folks. There just isn't another solution out there.

Take a stab at someone early. Odds are they WON'T be great---it remains a crapshoot regardless of how sure any of you are about ANYBODY---but you have to keep throwing the darts until you hit the mark.

Jason Taylor on Sparano's micromanaging: "It was exhausting"...

WQAM saying it is between Miami and Denver. Didn't catch why 49ers are out.

Remember that Ross can't make ANY coaching move before doing an interview process that includes adhering to the Rooney Rule.

It's pretty obvious all they're doing right now is gauging possible interest. My sense is that Harbaugh is/was their first choice but they have little to no shot of getting him because of the built-in hometown advantage the Niners offer.

They might also be waiting to see how the Fisher situation shakes out.

IT'S HARD TO BELEIVE THAT THE GUYS THAT DRAFTED PAT WHITE ARE STILL HERE.....

Home & Montreal...I was blowing the Cam Newton horn weeks ago, only to get blasted by everyone.

Newton is an electric player that does need some NFL coaching.

...that said, today's NFL is moving towards having a very mobile QB, who can make plays on the run.

If we are to be forward thinking, draft Newton and coach him up.

6'6" 250 lbs and as mobile as Vick...I'll take that anyday!

and he has a great bloodline


Cameron "Cam" Jerrell Newton

(born May 11, 1989 in College Park, Georgia) is the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers. Newton was initially a member of the Florida Gators. He would later transfer to Blinn College, where his team won a national junior college football championship. Newton was then recruited by head coach Gene Chizik of Auburn University and transferred once more. He became just the third player in major college football history to pass for 20 touchdowns and rush for 20 touchdowns in a single season. On December 11, 2010, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player despite a major controversy concerning his eligibility that embroiled the second half of the season.

Cameron Newton is the son of Cecil Newton,Sr., who played strong safety for two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the younger brother of Cecil Newton, Jr., a center for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.

If Harbaugh is half the coach many of us think he is he would put the best interests of the team ahead of his loyalty to Michigan alumni when it came to Henne. Sure he will let him compete for the job in training camp but that's it. And most people figure that is going to happen anyway. Maybe he would even by doing Henne a favor by trading him to a team where he would have a better chance to start, although I'm not sure where that would be.

I'll also agree with #1 Montreal fan in that Kitna might be a good stop gap option. He's smart, fiery, not afraid to take chances and moves pretty well in the pocket. Collins looks DONE to me.

NH, I agree with everything in your post. This team has some talent but their potential is maxed out with this coaching staff. Love him or not, Ricky & Hartline both alluded to it. They are micromanaged. Harped on about the fundamentals, no mistakes. This is how Pop Warner coaches coach.

Players need to play. Henne is a great example too. He's been coached down. Marshall says he goes through his reads cause that's hwhat coaches want. They treat these players like babies instead of men. It's time to take the training wheels & diapers off. Cowher can teach, has a proven record of success. We are now hearing how Sparano teaches or micromanages. Time for this franchise to buck up & bring in a guy to maximize talent.

I've always wanted Harbaugh - even before he became the hot property he is now - and I know he would give henne a shot - which is another thing I wanted too. I still think there could be something there. However next year will be his last shot for sure and he will have to earn the job and play well.

Harbaugh also keeps Ryan Mallett in play. yes, Mallett played for Arkansas but he was also recruited by ... Michigan and played there for a year.

I know overcoming SF to get Harbaugh might be too much to ask for but if it happens - it might be a very exciting off season.

Well put Mando. Couldn't agree with you more. This public blood letting and humiliation is gross and ignorant. And what Taylor did was horrible. He wanted to be back, called himself a "Tony guy", and then throws him under the bus. Coach very well may not be retained, but my goodness, people need to act responsibly and like pros.

AAAALLLRRRRIIIIGGGGGHHHHHTTT NHFINSFAN !!!

I don't doubt a different staff could milk more out of Henne but how the hell do you coach passion for the game?

THAT'S where I see absolutely nothing from the guy. He's passive to the extreme.

I just don't think you can ignite a fire when the pilot light isn't there in the first place.

Dr. Roberts, no one said a guy like Kitna is the long term solution. This is the team & QB we have. If we can upgrade it for a year or 2 with a vet & get some more wins while we find the right Qb or improve what we have, isn't that better than what we're dealing with now?

No long term committment to him, no long term money, no draft pick etc..What's the downside to it?

We are all assuming that Harbaugh and his family want to stay in Northern California.

His wife may hate it...his kids may be getting bullied in school.

He my dream of having a boat he can go fishing on in WARM waters.

...please do not assume he is content in his life.

Bobby, I am SHOCKED, if that's true, that the Niners are out. Must be they wouldn't spent the money. I've thought for a while that Denver would be the darkhorse in this. Elway's a Stanford grad, Tebow would be great for Harbaugh to work with and Bowlen has the money to trump anyone. I think it's a natural fit.

Mark in Toronto, sorry man, I didn;t see it with Mallett last night. Looks slow to move around and his passing looked inconsistent. He has the arm strength and he threw lots of diffferent throws but to be honest at this point he's just another question mark. too much uncertainty and I don't want us wasting our number one pick on a question mark. Get a running back or WR or better yet, trade back and get a WR or a running back. More chance of being correct. Mallett does not look like he'll be ready to step in and help out right away, IMO.

There's dissention all over the league. Im Baltimore the players are complaining about the offence and the media are calling for Cameron to be fired if they go out early. This from a 12 win playoff team and a team many consider a darkhorse to do well in the playoffs. These types of problems are not unique to our team.

Time out. Shenanigans. Does the QB coach not take some of the blame here? Check my math but there are several babies in the bathwater folks. The OL was retooled last off-season to provide better pass protect which they did in the first half of the season exceptionally well. But Henne won games last year. Thigpen won a game this year. What gives? My hypothesis is the QB coach needs to go along with Dan who is retiring. Don't much care who he coached for in the past, this past year he was awful. For instance Henne goes down against TN I believe and Thigpen comes in and wins the game with one of those now taboo improvised plays. (I'll get to that later.) Then the QB coach got to him and, well, the rest is history as they say. Now Sparano is being criticized for "micro-managing" as JT and others have called it. I have news for you, for a grinder in the big-boy world, "micro-managing" is called "Attention to Detail". But all this chatter in the news makes moving time much easier later on, if you catch my drift.

Good article by the way. Many folks have forgotten the discipline this team shows when there is something to play for. Much of the "criticism" has been exaggerated as reporters need to be able to report, and so on... I gave the Phins the point at Pittsburg so they are 8-8 in my book and a QB away from being somebody in the neighborhood. (Pass protect against Pitt was dead nuts.) Will Allen comes back, as do Edds and Odrick, but they are starting over. On offense it is obviously moving time and I doubt this draft and off-season will go by without a meaningful competition for roster spots in the areas aforementioned. A little help in the interior line and a QB in this years draft and you have the makings for a very tough and very young football team. Would be a major football error to split this up now. Draft: QB, OLx2, RB, T, TE (The whole draft should be offense with a Ricky or Ronnie trade for picks.) Now if you are planning for pass protect from the OL next year then your draft priorities change a bit and you have a little more flexibility at OL in next years draft than you did this year.

I have watched every press conference this year and I am in graduate school so my analysis should count for something here. Not once has Sparano bashed a player to the press. Not once. Check it. Not once have I heard that Sparano wants players on the field that don't think in the moment or improvise if they see an opportunity. Thigpen got it, obviously, why not Henne. Simple, money. Henne wants to survive his first three years in the league. He really was going to be Pennington's backup, except the press anointed him as the heir apparent. Meanwhile Henne went from a think fast and quick trigger guy, think Henne to Hartline vs NE last season, to the duck and cover, run for your life, guy of late. That would be the fault of the Offensive Coordinator and the QB coach. Nevermind there are several babies in the tub while the media and the areas god-awful fans drain the water away.

It is funny that little is being said about the owner. Steven Ross is a waste of a team owner. He sold parts of the team to all these stars and where are they? Wait, wait, playing tennis, making movies and doing American Idol.
As far as Marino he had the chance to help his team a few years back and he took the job and then ran back to TV. Why? Because he knew this was going to happen. Smart for him. As far as Ricky, Well run Ricky run. I bet the Saints will take you back or go to the Jets. I bet Jason Taylor will be glad to hit you in practice.. BUTTHEAD!!!!

I can't see any scenario where we're a true contender next year. Best case would be where 2011 mirrors 2008 with a savy veterain leading the team and grooming a promising rookie. Maybe that's being pessimistic.

Ross is exhibiting indeciveness which is BAD for the team & us as fans. Sparano looks like a fool right now. So does the team. Either he knows what he wants to do or doesn't. When the team was tanking, why wasn't he exploring options then instead of waiting til now?

Either you have a plan or you don't. Seems like Ross just drew one up but is afraid he'll have nothing to fall back on. ASparano should quit & force Ross into showing some guts & making a move.

bccamp, give us a break. Williams, J-Lo, Marc Anthony own certificates on a wall. They have no say in Dolphins decisions. Ridiculous worthless post

Home you hated on me, and i did not even say we should not draft Cam.

I did state a fact though. The glaring fear of him is his delivery is slow and long. Almost identical to Leftwich, wich QB coaches claim is the hardest thing to change shince it is a mechanic he has had all his life.

that is scary, I am not saying he could not be the 1st to correct it, however the odds are not there, telling me he should not be looked at as the savior... yet.

J-LO HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE NEXT AMERICAN JUDGG ON FOX .

I AM PROUD OF HER .

Poizen, the facts scare some people LOL

NHFINSFAN, my brother'n law lives in Santa Rosa, CA. Right in the north. Been there many times with my wife. Beautiful area­. Been to Miami many times as well. Trust me, they don't even compare. Northern California is beautiful. Doubt Harbaugh's family is not happy there. Who knows.

dr. roberts

u r right Henne has no heart and
u cannot teach passion

Exactly right

Henne is a stoic chalk board student of the game and like the
Tin Man
... has no heart

but u should click your cleats together three times and say ...

There Is No One Like Home

There Is No One Like Home

There Is No One Like Home


Lp

Joe...If Tony quits, then he loses his guaranteed $4M due next season.

Ross is waiting on Harbaugh to make his decision, which is coming this week.

Think about it, Harbaugh spends a week in Miami, gets courted by 4 NFL teams...has to fly back to SF with his current team...complete end of season paperwork...take out the trash...drive his kids to school...hump his wife...etc...

The guy has only been home for ONE DAY...he needs to sleep on this for a few nights...I say Friday we hear something out of Camp Harbaugh and Ross can only sit and wait.

Eh, the "star" stuff with Ross is irritating as hell but I also think it's a total non-factor. They don't play any actual role in things.

For that matter, I was down for the Lions game and I noticed MUCH LESS of that dopey "Fins Up" crap and other B-List celebrity nonsense on the video boards. I think they've already got the message on that from the fans, for the most part.

My irritation with Ross is how he's handling Sparano right now. It isn't the decent way to go about this. You want the change? Then make it happen, even if it means finding the hot young assistant out there who may be a "small" name now but is targeted for bigger things, ala Raheem Morris.

Setting up Tony to be a lame duck if none of the "big" names come is unfair to him and a lousy way to go about this.

Aldo,

REALLY good post at 10:42 am. Actually a GREAT post. However, your comments will fall on deaf ears with a lot of these guys. I happen to agree with you.

The only thing I would correct is that Ricky and Ronnie will soon be FAs. YOu won't be able to trade them for picks. They will be free to sign with whoever they want very shortly.

Craig M....I live in Bal. as well and posted the dissensiion about BAL. many times....even though some fool once foolishly challenged me on that (guess that what made him a fool)...any way....yes...the money is that Cam Cameron will get fired if they are 1 and done in the playoffs....reason being....they will not settle for medioricrity....they want to get better....something you refuse to want to do.....even with this public embarrassement of Sporano...you still want to keep him.....

what do you see that Mr. Ross and his staff doesn't?

Poizen
other than the New World Order and their cowardly dastardly deeds, Home has no Hate in his heart

No Home does not hat on u
Not even, well, like Poizen lol

Pd


One moron shoots himself out of a cannon every time his team kicks a field goal and the other idiot is asking kids if their mothers are whores and the guy who signs their paychecks doesn't know whether to keep them or get rid of them or play both sides against the middle in case he can find someone better, blah, blah, blah.

Dolphins fans should be very afraid.

Posted by: Xpensive Wino


LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Miami Dolphins Franchise QB Cam Newton

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. 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 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" 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. 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). Following the victory, Auburn was invited to participate in the school's first BCS National Championship Game which will take place on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona against the Oregon Ducks.

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.

If Newton declares for the draft, he is projected as a high to middle first-round NFL draft pick

dr. roberts, agree with you on Sporano. Dolphins look classless in my eyes. Decide what ur gonna do and do it. Sooner or later someone will pick up on this and it will go National and we look like a joke again.

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