Cam Newton stood before the words and uttered the following statment:
“I see myself not only as a football player, but an entertainer and icon,” Newton said as noted by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King during a phone call he had with the quarterback.
The Redskins have been searching for an identity for a better part of the last 20 years. They even attempted to bring back the indentities of old to no avail. Cam Newton’s brash statement should come as no surprise as he brings a swagger along with a physical talent. But should be be a Redskin if avaialble?
The question is currently being pondered by fans and onlookers alike, and both sides have reason to believe that they are right.
The case for Newton is simple, we need a franchise quarterback.
Last year, it was thought that Donovan McNabb would easily step into that role and become the Redskins true franchise leader. That did not pan out as we all saw.
This sums up what the Redskins have been doing for years now, trying to recapture glory off men who have not enjoyed success in sometime, yet, had blinding resume good enough to secure a contract here. Drafting Newton could be the solution. Getting a young guy who has tremendous physical talents. Should he be able to pick up the pro-style offense and leave behing the spread offense, to which he enjoyed success in Auburn, he will definitely be a star in this league.
The case against Newton? His arrogance.
I may be killed for this notion and rightfully so, but I do not want players coming to D.C. who feel priviledged. National Champion or not. You earn your stripes in this league and quite frankly his
“star-power” may not be a great fit here in town. Not because it doesn’t belong in this league, but because this franchise cannot afford to have a player that thinks he is above this “kids game” as many players so fondly refer to it as.
A team that is more stable and capable of grooming a young stud athelte who thinks he is the preverbial “man” may be capable of taking on Newton. But in my opinion, not here and not now.
So I may be totally off base, and I will happily eat crow, but until then – just say no!