Few have worked as closely with Cam Newton as Warren Moon, and the Hall of Fame quarterback is still defending him, even while acknowledging his need to improve.

Is race a factor in criticism of Cam Newton?!  Check out what Moon had to say & let us know what you think…


Moon thinks placing too much of the blame for the Panthers’ 1-5 start (and the firing of general manager Marty Hurney) at the second-year quarterback’s feet is wrong, and any suggestion he’s a bust is ridiculous.

“I think a lot of this is because so many people want to say ‘I told you so’ about him, but couldn’t because he was so good last year,” Moon told Yahoo’s Mike Silver in a wide-ranging interview. “I think people are overreacting. How can he be a bust? He just had one of the great years a rookie has ever had, and now he can’t play? Come on.”

Moon acknowledged he’d like to see Newton adopt a more even-keeled approach, something he’s done more of in recent weeks. But as he did prior to the draft last year, Moon thinks there’s an undertone of racism to some of the criticism.

“I don’t understand it,” Moon said. “I heard somebody compare him to Vince Young. It’s the same old crap – it’s always a comparison of one black to another black. I get tired of it. I get tired of defending it.

“If you want to compare him to someone because of his demeanor, compare him to Jay Cutler. There are a lot of guys who whine and moan. Cam’s not biting anybody’s head off or pushing his linemen. He’s just disgruntled, and not handling losing well, because, think about it, he basically didn’t lose in college.