Coaches Podcast: Newton a young Vick, Mora says

Subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes

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.

To listen to the entire discussion, check out www.NFL.com/podcast or subscribe on iTunes.

Guidelines: Fan feedback should be within the guidelines for the NFL community. These guidelines will be used to identify those comments that will be removed from display on the site. Please keep your comments relevant to the topic, not abusive or combatant towards other fans, and don’t share any personal details. Use the “Report” link to help keep the community at its best.

Comments may be no longer than 2000 characters and will post to the site shortly after submitting.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP | Subscribe (RSS)

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,859 other followers