April 21st, 2011 01:32 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett
Over the past month, as part of a draft preview series for ESPN, former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden worked with a number of top quarterbacks. Of all the signal-callers he tested and met with — Ryan Mallett, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, etc — Gruden says former Auburn star Cam Newton was the most impressive.
“I just like the look in his eye, the eagerness and the feeling that he has a lot to prove to everybody, including himself,” Gruden said yesterday. “I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight. But this is the kind of guy you’re looking for.”
The ex-Buccaneers coach also defended Newton’s inability to provide a play-call example from Auburn’s playbook.
“It’s not his fault that they don’t huddle,” the coach said. “Cam Newton will learn quickly what to call formations, what to call shifts, what to call motions. … What he’s got to get ready for right away is learning the terminology and how to spit these player out clearly, quickly, and get the team up to the line of scrimmage where he has time to deal.”
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