Carolina Panthers quarterback can add a Hall of Fame coach onto his list of biggest fans, as former Miami Dolphins general Don Shula had nothing but good things to say about him.
Shula, whose son Mike is the Panthers’ offensive coordinator and thus works very closely with Newton, spoke to Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer and dropped some interesting theories regarding the two-time Pro Bowler.
“That’s a unique guy – 6-5, 250 pounds, and can run faster than anybody and throw better than anybody,” Shula said. “He’s just the complete package. They’ve got him working as a field general now, understanding what quarterback position is all about.
“Cam is just such a great athlete and a big, strong guy. If he stays healthy and keeps doing all the good things he’s doing, if he keeps getting better like he is – he will be a lock to be a Hall of Famer.”
That’s definitely some high praise and though it may seem premature, it is not unwarranted.
Since being drafted first overall out of Auburn in 2011, Newton has done nothing but improve as an NFL quarterback. He shows poise in the pocket and is not afraid to use his legs when necessary.
Just like his favorite superhero, he is indeed Superman.
For his career, Newton has thrown for 16,246 yards and has a touchdown-interception ratio of 96:63.
But it should also be noted that Newton is not the most accurate of passers, with a career completion percentage of just 58.8 percent. To put that in context, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has completed 65.7 percent of his passes in his career.
Thus, though Newton is enjoying a strong career for now, let’s not forget that he still has a lot to work on.
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