Much like his playing career, when the signing of former Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton with the New England Patriots was announced, reactions ranged from praise to skepticism. Fox Sports personalities were no different, as they filled the radio and television airways Monday with a wide range of opinions on Newton signing a one year deal to replace future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady.
“To use a stock market term, I am very Bullish on Cam Newton,” Outkick The Coverage host Clay Travis said. “He is playing for the best coach he ever played for. He has an offensive genius in Josh McDaniels calling plays. He’s healthy and in a system that allows him to get rid of the ball quickly so his body does not have to take as much punishment. That was the reason Tom Brady was able to play for so long and it is a perfect fit for Cam.”
Colin Cowherd took the opposite view, however on The Herd.
“New England will be interesting (this year),” he said. “I don’t think Cam is going to take New England to a special place. Number 1, New England runs a very complicated system and he has not taken a snap yet. Number two is, Cam’s not going to get all the snaps. Jarrett Stidham has plenty of fans in the Patriots’ locker room and on the coach staff. He is going to get some snaps… New England does not have any deep threats, and Cam is a homerun hitter. This is not an offense built for a two play drive. This is an offense that is built on the quarterback engineering a 10 play drive and not making a mistake. It’s built for efficiency and detail. It’s built for Tom Brady, but it’s not Cam’s game. His career completion percentage is around 59 percent. I do think they will go from a boring 6-10 with Jarrett Stidham to a dynamic, fun to watch 8-8.”
Other pundits argue that the flamboyant Newton will not mesh well with the more straight-laced philosophy of New England head coach Bill Belichick. Emmanuel Acho of Speak For Yourself disagrees.
“Cam Newton is not a bad guy,” Acho said. “I spoke with someone who was in the backfield with him in Carolina for five years. He said Cam was a great teammate. People just think he is a bad guy because he dances and is outgoing and does the Superman on his chest when he scores. Let’s rewrite the narrative. Cam Newton has NEVER been a problem. We made him a problem because of his wardrobe. We made him a problem because he hit them folks (dabbed after he scored.) Cam does charity during Christmas, during Thanksgiving, and any other time he can give, he gives. Anytime he can score on the field, he scores, but there is no reason to think, insinuate, imply or believe that he and Bill Belichick will have issues. Cam’s just not that kind of guy.”
Doug Gottlieb, Nick Wright Feud Over College Sports NIL Issues
“Gottlieb caught wind of Wright’s rant and let his disapproval be known.”
FOX Sports hosts Doug Gottlieb and Nick Wright definitely do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to money going to college athletes.
Despite both being employed by the same company, Gottlieb, who is never afraid to voice his opinion, fired back at Wright Friday regarding his take on college football’s NIL rule in the wake of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s claiming Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher “brought” his recruits.
On Wright’s morning show, First Things First, the colorful broadcaster had a two minute rant about how he’s happy that schools are finding workarounds under the new NIL rules implemented by the NCAA to pay the players for their name, image and likeness. He said the universities have been taking advantage of college athletes, particularly black student athletes from rough backgrounds, for years and now that the tide has shifted, people are freaking out.
“The general sports public wants extra regulations and extra rules, is keeping their thumbs on college football and basketball players because their is an undeniable and always has been an incredibly uncomfortable racial context of the guys,” Wright said. “It’s mostly young black men from mostly really tough circumstances, generating billions of dollars. Who’s sharing in that?” Wright asked.
“An overwhelmingly white administration, an overwhelmingly white coaching staff, and an overwhelmingly white non-revenue sports. How do we pay for the tennis team and golf team, ah men’s football and basketball. What do they get? A scholarship. Be happy, we pulled you out the hood. Maybe you’ll have a better life if somehow you make the league or do something with your education.”
Gottlieb caught wind of Wright’s rant and let his disapproval be known. That resulted in a back and forth between the two sports personalities on Twitter.
Gottlieb continued, claiming the NIL rule puts exceedingly high expectations on the student-athletes before ever stepping on campus and are given something without having to “earn it.”
“The sad part is this push to pay SAs before they have even played a game, taken a class or assimilated to a school sets them up for failure in their post sports career. If you have been given before you earn, where is the motivation when you get to the real world?”
Wright then took a shot at Gottlieb, saying it always feels good that his take is the complete opposite of Gottlieb’s.
The dialogue continued with Gottlieb throwing shots at Wright, calling his take “embarrassing” and mentioning how he failed to point out the educational imbalance in society during his take. Wright asked Gottlieb what are some of the other “fake racism” takes that he claims are out in the media.
Gottlieb is no stranger to conflict with his FOX Sports colleagues. Troy Aikman called his opinion on Andrew Luck’s retirement “total bullshit” in a tweet from 2019. More recently, Gottlieb got into it with Speak for Yourself co-host Emmanuel Acho after Gottlieb ripped his brother Sam’s “Top 5 QB list” on First Take. He also called out Skip Bayless for name-calling.
Bob Cousy: ‘JJ Redick Is Untalented Using Me To Get Attention On ESPN’
Chris Paul is a 12-time All-Star compared to Cousy’s 13 appearances.
Maybe the two have more in common than either Redick or Russo would like to admit.