The Titans wasted a draft visit by bringing in Cam Newton on Thursday.
A) He’s not going to be there when the Titans select eighth overall.
2) The Titans shouldn’t bother if he is.
What is the first thing you do when a waiter brings your food to the table and says the plate is piping hot? You touch the freakin’ plate. You either burn your hand or say to yourself, “Oh, it’s not that hot.”
In 2010 it melted the franchise. Young, whom Jeff Fisher never fully entrusted with the keys to the offense, and almost assuredly was correct in not doing so, had a very public spat with his coach after a loss to the Redskins on Nov. 21. Now, less than five months later, the mentally fragile QB and NFL’s longest-tenured coach are both out of work, and the franchise is at somewhat of a crossroads. Its owner is 88 years old, its new coach is in his first year as a head coach at any level, and its only QB is a 2010 sixth-round pick who in one start last season showed that the Titans may have chosen him too high.
To this mix you want to add Newton? Let’s see. Auburn listed him as 6-6, 250. He’s a run-first QB who played in a spread-option offense, won the national title in his junior season and bolted for the NFL. Now scouts are labeling him as immature, unaccountable and possessing a lousy work ethic.
Stop me if any of this sounds familiar. I seem to recall a University of Texas signal-caller who’s 6-5, 232, run-first guy who played in a spread-option offense, won the national title in his junior season and bolted for the NFL. He turned out to be immature and unaccountable and of questionable work ethic.
Who knows? Maybe Newton will be a franchise QB for some team. But this one? No way. The scars from touching that plate five years ago still haven’t healed.