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Love For Failed Quarterbacks

May 17, 2011 at 09:42am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

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I don’t know if Cam Newton is going to be worth a shit or not as an NFL quarterback. My gut tells me no, but my gut also told me there would be no lockout, so my gut is clearly not qualified to give advice. But one Panthers blog is holding out hope that Newton will receive the help he needs to become a franchise quarterback from… wait for it… Chris Weinke!

Per Chris Mortensen via Twitter, Weinke assisted the Panthers with pre-draft evaluation of Newton. He also says the relationship between Weinke and the organization remains strong.

The blog refrains from saying that Weinke will be hired in any official capacity, choosing to use the word “mentor” instead. But they also know what you think as soon as you read his name and they try to nip that in the bud by calling out an example of another terrible quarterback that has gone on to do good things as a coach. And this is where it gets personal.

If you’re still worried about a failed QB teaching a young QB then please, consider this:

2,985 career yards, 54.9% completion, 16 TD, 24 INT and a QB rating of 64.1

That’s a pretty bad QB isn’t it? I mean I certainly wouldn’t want that QB training my new star… would you?

This quarterback in mention is Alex Van Pelt, former 8th round pick in the 1993 NFL draft and current QB coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Van Pelt is credited for being the ‘difference maker’ in Josh Freeman‘s development, and around league circles there is a great deal of buzz that he will be the next in line for an offensive coordinator job.

I actually agree with them in that a coach doesn’t have to have been a good player in order to give good instruction. Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid come to mind and Brett Favre is the classic example of an excellent player who is not someone you would want instructing your QB on foot mechanics or the subtleties of discreet texting. And I’m happy with Freeman’s progress under Van Pelt, so there’s no reason to think that Newton won’t also flourish. But Chris Weinke is just too good a punchline. The 28-year old rookie who went 1-15. Woohoo!

3 Comments to “Love For Failed Quarterbacks”

Matt Price

Matt Price (May 17, 2011 at 01:41pm:

It’s not only Winky, it’s Ken Dorsey too…. another never-has-been. Yep. Winkey & Dorsey — which sounds like a sitcom. As Yoda says…. “this is why you fail Carolina.”

Actually, I think Newton will be a total bust. I saw a pretty interesting breakdown of why his skills won’t translate because nothing he did in his college system is at all like how the NFL works — literally everything from how he takes snaps, to how he stands in the pocket, to which directions he’s supposed to move, to how he hands off, to how he fakes out the defense, to how he reads defenses, to where he places the ball. Basically, he’s a guy who can throw but has never played a single snap that will apply to his new position. In fact, he’s got to unlearn all the habits he learned in college. That’s not going to work.


forthntwint (May 17, 2011 at 02:51pm:



campyone (May 18, 2011 at 05:41pm:

I know you don’t have to have been great at something to be a good instructor. But it doesn’t seem like you should have been totally horrible either. And a 1-15 record is pretty horrible.

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