Here’s a link to my Thursday column about Newton and Kaepernick.
Why are you still talking bout Kaepernick?
Kick people when they’re down much?
Newton plays for the camera too much…to many he comes off as not confident, not even cocky but showboatish, a look at me person..win or lose…and while thats somewhat easier to accept for a wr or db or rb, someone who is just one of the cogs, but the QB is, and should be, expected to be a little more level headed and stoic.
Last few years it was how he pouted too much, this year its how he dances too much (Cuba Gooding Jrs ‘Rod Tidwell’ said it best “I’m an athlete, not an entertainer. These are the ABC’s of ME. Get it? I do not dance.”). There are good winners, and bad losers…and bad winners, and he comes off as a bad winner.
We will see if Cam is going to build on this success, make it run for 10 years, or if he will go back to his peak and valley performance. 6-10, 7-9, 12-4, 5-8-1, 15-1…peak and valleys. When youre winning, everyones happy and youre the favorite player on the team, but if next year they start off 2-6 and he’s dancing and superman-ing will all his teammates still love him so?
I wonder what happened to Colin?
I remember the story of he and his family driving all night from Turlock to be at the facility at sunrise the day after the draft to go to work.
Now we have ‘Kap’
A failed NFL quarterback with seemingly little interest in mastering the special skills of his job.
A lonely man who will go off into the sunset with Nessa’s people handling the publicity.
We’re left to wonder what could have been for Colin…
He “failed” because he go the snot beat out of him behind years of lousy OLs.
This is so sad and I’m not talking about Colin.
It’s you friend. You just cannot stop yourself from writing this screed can you? You are a terrific writer, well educated, well spoken and someone I value as a friend. I look forward to your columns .But you just have to play the mean card way too many times.
Why not turn it around? How many of your readers go out on a limb and say, hey, Lowell is a great guy. We love him because reading his stuff makes us happy, makes us think, makes our day.
Do you see a lot of that? Doubt it. When you write these kind articles, it reminds me of that SNL skit about Debbie Downer:
“Hey it’s the Super Bowl in the Bay Area! Whoopie!”
“My cat has Feline Leukemia and probably will die in agony because I don’t have the money for the vet…”
Bwaa-Bwaa-Bwaa-Bwaaaaa… (however you write the sound at the end of those skits)
Does this column add to anyone’s enjoyment, perception of the game, understanding of CK? Does it educate, encourage, elucidate or you-name-it? No. It’s just a bummer.
Please stop. Today. Thanks;;;;;;;;
So Colin Kaepernick is not Cam Newton. And your point would be what? We already knew that. We also know that everyone, and I mean everyone, loves a winner. It is easy to love a winner. I wonder what those Panthers would be saying about Newton if they just finished 5-11.
So I go back to my original question – what’s your point?
@Streetglide…Colins downfall started on Monday Night vs the Bears. Since then he’s been performing worse and worse as the years go on. Yes he will have a game or two out of 6 where he looks like a top 10 guy, but you dont get paid 20 million a year to be bad 75% of the games and good 25%.
If you look back at his game stats, from year 1 to this year, you will see a lot of average and bad games, it has nothing to do with his oline, which was only bad this year….and seemed well enough for Blaine, he of bust labeling, Gabbert to come in and perform better than Colin, he of over-hyped labeling, Kaepernick to struggle behind and seem completely lost.
The man is not football smart. It is what it is. Why do so many people hang on. If this were the 90s or 80s, he’d be gone. How many Scott Mitchells and Ryan Leafs, men with enormous arm talent, did we see then that flamed out in a year and were never heard from again. Something about this new NFL, over pay and then hang on too long.
So basically, in addition to not being a good QB, Kaepernick is also a lousy human being?
And people wonder why he wants out of the Bay Area… yikes. This was pretty harsh and unnecessary don’t you think? You could have easily talked about why Newton struggled and overcame that, and why Kaepernick soared and then it all fell apart. Contrasting the two in a way that invites discussion.
To summarize this article:
Cam’s team mates like him.
Colin’s team mates don’t like him.
I wonder what these team mates would have said when Cam was losing.
Fair and very smart article.
To my fellow bloggers this was a simple and fair compare and contrast. Nothing more. And it became a fair and smart article because Kap himself placed himself squarely back into the spotlight that seems to shine to brightly on him.
Follow along here:
Niners hire a new coach. An offensively minded coach, with a system that would seem to fit his style of play.
Niners front office and brass make comments about “we haven’t seen the last of Kap” or something to that effect.
Kap decides to use the media circus that is the Super Bowl to voice his desire to get out, leave and perhaps even play in (okay, near) a city where the lights shine even brighter for a franchise that has struggled even more than the Niners as of late, the NY Jets.
So exactly how was this an unfair article? It compared draft classmates. Two QB’s who have similar skillsets and both have at least gotten the team they played for to the Super Bowl.
Newton, has developed his game, become able to read a defense, deliver from the pocket and become the leader of his team. By the sounds of it, his teammates would run through proverbial walls for him.
Kap? Not so much. And the article and his on field play do a far better job of displaying his shortcomings, on and off the field.
Bottom line. Cam gets the love. From his teammates, his coaches and the city and region he represents.
Kap does not.
And when you have a franchise that is used to having a QB that has an on and off field persona like Joe, Steve and even Jeff Garcia you can understand the frustration.
I remember last year, or the year before, when everything wasn’t all roses for Cam. I saw him isolated on the bench. I saw him get hammered on the field and his team mates would not even give him a hand up.
One of the statements from the players you interviewed eluded to this stating that sometimes it takes a while for the college boy to turn into a man in the NFL.
This leads me to believe he must have bared his soul to the team at some point. I mean the type of baring that brings grown men to tears. I think that is where all the love and human respect is coming from. That kind of stuff will unify a team.
As for Kap….I am over it Lowell. Just look forward to hearing what his status is and nothing more.
Good call Lowell! Definitely Gulden’s.
You know your mustard.
you made me smile, mendozaline.
You were right about Colin all along. He is an odd duck, a small boy in an Adonis body, attached to his image, not bound to the realization that the great ones actually put in work.
Crabtree’s words today said everything I needed to hear. Kaep is a lost cause, spiteful, bitter, and sneaky. Without his sexual meddling, it’s entirely possible that Aldon Smith is still on the 49ers today.
The guy came in, looked like a superhero, and now will exit as a major question mark. What could have been?!!!
Johnny, Nice to hear from you. Will you be nice?
Thank you. Nice to be back. You can count on me, Lowell. Promise.
I’m glad you’re noticing the hero aspect of Cam. I believe that the great QBs that I’ve seen, and that includes only Montana, Rodgers, and Brady, all have a hero quality that leaves their teammates in awe. Jordan had it on the basketball court. Curry seems to have it. What it does is it creates an unbreakable faith amongst teammates that a game is never out of reach, and it is earned by clutch performances coupled with a deep masculine confidence. Fans see it, too. These are the coolest guys in the universe. It’s why Peyton Manning is not in the group, because he became so unraveled by his early career postseason ineptitude; it’s why Steve Young is not in the group, because he was so awestruck by his own Super Bowl heroics that he couldn’t help but yell out about a gorilla on his back. Joe Montana was always so cool, same with Jordan. They weren’t surprised to win. They may have been overcome with emotion, as Jordan was in 94 after his first championship after the death of his father, but it was strong emotion.
Colin Kaepernick seems to lack that innermost confidence, as though he doesn’t know how to act. T.O. was like that too, as a receiver, always had something to prove to some strange demon. What is Kaep’s inner vulnerability? Not worth speculating over, but one thing is clear: as between Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick, I choose Cam Newton every time, because he has “It” — he knows he’s the man, and he doesn’t have to prove it to anybody but himself, and perhaps a tiny inner circle that none of us know anything about.
The Panthers will win on Sunday. This is the dawning of a new era. I wish Kaep had what Cam has, but only Cam has it.
Good article Lowell.
Great subject and great read Lowell.
Lowell Cohn has been covering Bay Area sports for more than 30 years and he’s never run out of things to say.