Love For Failed Quarterbacks
May 17, 2011 at 09:42am by Scott • 3 Comments »
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!