Cam Newton Is 'Complete Package At Quarterback' Per Chip Kelly

Posted: Nov 6 2014, 10:45pm CST | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Cam Newton Is 'Complete Package at Quarterback' Per Chip Kelly
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  • Chip Kelly admires Cam Newton.
  • Kelly thinks Newton is "the complete package at quarterback."
  • The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told ESPN on Nov. 6 that the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton is "the complete package at quarterback."

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has an admirer in Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

Kelly told ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter David Newton on Nov. 6 that Cam Newton is "the complete package at quarterback":

"The last time Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly prepared for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was during the BCS National Championship Game at the end of the 2010 season.

"Kelly was the head coach of Oregon. Newton was the Heisman Trophy quarterback at Auburn.

"Auburn won 22-19 to complete a 14-0 season. Newton completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed 22 times for 64 yards, most in short, tough bursts.

"Kelly believed that Newton would make a good NFL quarterback. Nothing he's seen since has changed his mind.

"'I remember watching him in pre-game warm-ups and seeing him throw,' Kelly said on Thursday as he preapred to face Newton in a Monday night game in Philadelphia. 'I said, 'Holy smokes, this guy is going to make an [NFL] quarterback.'

"'He can make all the throws. And then, unfortunately when you have to go against him, if you defend all their throws he has the ability to pull it down and run. He can run around people. He can run through people. He's built like an NBA power forward. He's the complete package at the quarterback spot.'

"But Newton has struggled as of late. He has gone two straight games without throwing a touchdown pass for the first time since Carolina (3-5-1) made him the first pick of the 2011 draft.

"He's on pace to have a career-low in a completion percentage at 57.4. He had a percentage of 57.7 in 2012.

"His 52.7 quarterback rating, according to ESPN Stats and Information, is below his career-low of 54.1 in 2012.

"Newton is also on pace for a career low in rushing yards with 32.1 per game and 4.5 per rush. His season-low came last season at 36.6 and 5.3

"...Despite Newton's struggles, Kelly remains impressed with how the fourth-year quarterback has progressed since college.

"'You see him making really good decisions,' he said. 'I don't think he's reckless in trying to run people over and launching his body all over the place. He does a really good job of getting first downs and not taking the big hits.

"'He just has a better feel for playing quarterback, which comes with experience.'

"Then there is Newton's athleticism.

"'Cam is just a tremendous athlete,' Kelly said. 'I don't want that taken in the wrong way, because he's an outstanding quarterback. He's an outstanding quarterback who also is extremely athleteic. It's not his athleticism that makes him a great quarterback.'"

The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler argues the 3-5-1 Panthers issues don't just end with Newton. One of these is their leaky offensive line:

"Fix Cam? If only the Carolina Panthers' problems were that easy to solve.

"Quarterback Cam Newton is mired in one of the worst slumps of his NFL career. I keep getting emails saying the Panthers should start Derek Anderson and they should never sign Newton to a long-term contract.

"The point seems to be that Carolina's 3-5-1 record is all -- or at least mostly -- the fourth-year quarterback's fault.

"Some of it is, for sure. Newton had his worst game as a passer in terms of completions, completion percentage and quarterback rating against (the) New Orleans (Saints) last Thursday in a 28-10 loss. Of his 18 incompletions, six were either too high or well overthrown -- an old problem resurfacing under pressure.

"But listen, with that offensive line the Panthers fielded? Peyton Manning would have gotten buried. Anderson would have had no chance.

"I don't want to make a lot of excuses for Newton, because there's no doubt he isn't playing well. He has not been able to lift a team with otherwise mediocre talent to greatness, and the great players can do that year after year (see Brady, Tom).

"But Newton has also been let down by the team, because the pieces surrounding him too often can't be trusted. And it's not all injury-related -- general manager Dave Gettleman made several offseason decisions that have returned to haunt him.

"...Newton remains Carolina's best option at quarterback, for short- and long-term. But until the Panthers get their offensive line and defensive secondary fixed, it will be very hard for him to prove it.

"Because as long as those two problems keep rearing up, Cam Newton will be quarterbacking a losing team."

Newton has thrown for 13,093 yards and 72 touchdowns and 47 interceptions on an 85.7 passer rating, per ESPN stats.

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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