I would like to start off this post by saying there really is not a chance for the Raiders to get Cam Newton. After Jamarcus "Purple Drank" Russell, I don't think that is such a negative thing. I am posting this to get the Nation's opinion of the Pro Football Weekly scouting report that had been much discussed for the last week. You know, the one where because a white writer spoke extremely negative about a black quarterback's personal shortcomings he was pretty much automatically deemed a racist. I want to know what Silver and Black Pride thinks about this whole thing. Do you think race was a motivating reason for this criticism? Was it an unfair evaluation of his personality? Do you think he was correct in his critique of Cam? Tell me people! I want to know! I want to know right freakin now! Well I don't really want to know that bad, I am just bored as hell and found the whole controversy fairly amusing and extremely annoying. Mostly because of some of the morons that blog on NFL.com. This blog has real intelligence but most of the people on NFL.com are just plain stupid. Sorry.
My opinion of the scouting report, which was written by Nolan Nawrocki, is that it was very harsh, but not racially motivated. I also believe that he was spot on for parts of the report, and out of line on other parts. I have never heard a scouting report say that somebody had a "fake smile" nor that the player "played to the cameras". That part does seem out of line, harsh, and pretty much irrelevant. I think that it was written by this guy because he was just rubbed the wrong way by Cam's personality. I don't believe that if Cam was white that this report would have been any different. The guy was completely surrounded by controversy his whole career. It is fair to say there are significant character concerns. I know the NFL doesn't really care if a college player accepted money, but to say with a straight face that you had no knowledge that your father was shopping your talents around to the highest bidder is ridiculous. Hey Dad, where did you get that beautiful new house? Why did you want me to go to Auburn, by the way?
Now for some specific parts of the report. First off, of course Cam has an enormous Ego. You would have to be blind not to notice that, so why is he so wrong for pointing it out? He is not saying its something that is going to make him a failure, he is saying that it could have a negative impact. How is that not true? "Has a selfish attitude that invites trouble". Well, he was always in trouble for something or another and he certainly seems to have a me first attitude. I agree that you should know the real person before you make that critique though, even if all available evidence points that it is true. "Only a one-year producer. Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example. Immature and has had issues with authority." Would you say that he took any responsibility and accountability in any of the controversies linked to him? He did not even get in trouble for the stolen laptop or the pay for play scheme, and refused to acknowledge that he knew what his dad was doing. Totally accountable there! YEAH RIGHT. Even his major supporter Warren Moon did not have a defense against the punctuality claim. Was he only a One year producer? Let me check, Yep. Would you really trust this guy not to continue to make mistakes? That is totally a judgment call but I wouldn't invest millions in this guy out of trust. Lacks leadership I do tend to discount at least a little though, considering all the controversies that happened in his tenure at Auburn. For them to still win the championship shows at least some leadership on his part. If not by words, by his own play.
The thing that really pissed me off though is Warren Moon playing the race card here. I mean seriously?! There are legitimate concerns that Nolan is addressing here. I agree not all of it is relevant in the long run, but its not like he is way out in left field on it! Then all the arguments on NFL.com against this report say that the WHITE qbs that came out in the draft last year from spread offenses didn't go through this type of criticism. What do you mean they didn't? Colt McCoy fell all the way to the 3rd round because he came from a spread offense. Sam Bradford hit 49 out of 50 passes in his pro-day, and people still questioned if he could play under center. Tim Tebow, the criticism he received speaks for itself. They all had major points of criticism that they met face on and overcame, same as Cam will have the chance to do. I admit none of them had "fake smile" or "very disingenuous" in their scouting report, but Cam does come off as totally scripted on every interview I have ever seen on him. It is as if he was prepped for this his whole life. That is not a problem in my book though, as far as I am concerned he is above the curve for an NFL qb in that aspect.
To disregard the legitimate comments that Nolan made, although harsh they are legitimate to me, and just say he is only saying this because Cam is black is ignorant to me. Nawrocki says very gracious things about Cam's talents. He speaks very highly of his physical tools and physique. The only thing that hit the media was the negative comments but that was not the only thing in the report. Just because his opinion is harsh, it does not make him a racist. I don't like what I have seen out of Cam Newton either, does that now make me a racist now, too? Yes, you went through a lot of horrible treatment on your way to a very impressive hall of fame career Mr. Moon. However, to give this kid a free run on the mistakes he has made and say they are only being said because he is black is a disservice to Cam. Let him face this and over come it based off of his abilities. Let him show if he is a good person or not. I will tell you this, If Cam is another Jamarcus Russell, he isn't going to look nearly as bad about all this pre-draft criticism as Warren Moon is going to. Let me know what you think Nation!