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Coach Joe Gibbs: “Cam Newton’s Attitude & Work Ethic Gives Him The Chance To Be A Great Quarterback”

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Mac Attack 2/3/12: Coach Joe Gibbs calls into the Mac Attack to talk about Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup, and Cam Newton.

Gibbs took an 11-year absence from coaching in the NFL but didn’t let that slow him down one bit with the Washington Redskins-or hurt his chances to go down in history as one of the greatest coaches of all time.

“Pro sports change roughly 30% a year-it’s fast paced, we’ve got free agency…I was out of it for about 11 years, and everything about the game changed except for one thing-human nature…The NFL is a people business…a people game…for a coach, if you are out for awhile, just about everything changes…but that is part of life…the approach should be ‘if we can handle this better than anybody else, [we will be great]’…I look [at change] as an opportunity.”

What Gibbs does not view as an opportunity, however, is Super Bowl 46 to be an opportunity to root for the AFC.  He is an NFC guy, and his loyalty to the NFC reigns true to form.

“Well, you hit the nail on the head…I was gonna say, ‘I’m an NFC guy, don’t ask me to pull for the AFC’!  I gotta pull for the Giants…I’m not favorable to the Giants, Philadelphia or Dallas…but this week, the NFC is in the Super Bowl, and I gotta root for the NFC…[don't think I'm a Giants fan,] if it weren’t for the Giants, I’d have three more Super Bowl rings.”

The other NFC team he would comment on favorably was the Carolina Panthers, specifically quarterback Cam Newton.  Gibbs said he admired Newton’s work ethic.

“[What means the most to me] are the comments from his teammates and coaches…This guy is a hard worker-he cares about the team…this guy’s attitude…he has the chance to be a GREAT player…it’d be great to see him take the Panthers to a Super Bowl.  The Panthers will make sure he never walks [away].”


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