In the inaugural episode of “The Coaches Podcast,” former NFL coaches Brian Billick and Jim Mora discuss the record-setting debut of Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton. Mora, who coached Michael Vick in Atlanta, compares Newton’s skill set to that of a young Vick. Mora also explains how he and his staff approached coaching a dynamic talent at the quarterback position.
“When I coached Mike when he was young, we were always working on the fundamentals of the game,” Mora said. “We were continually pushing him to become a better pocket passer. But, at the end of the day, you need to win football games. So even though you were trying to develop those skills you were telling Mike, ‘Look, if it all breaks down, use what God gave you.’ It’s probably the same thing with Cam Newton.”
Billick and Mora then discussed how the prevalence of the spread offense, which Newton ran at Auburn, has changed the skill set of the athletes now entering the NFL. They both agree that the spread offense is hindering the development of the young players as it emphasizes winning over football skills.