Joe Theismann Discusses Dungy/Sam Controversy & Cam Newton
NFL analyst & football legend Joe Theismann came onto Primetime with Chris Kroeger to talk about the upcoming 2014-15 NFL season.
First off the block was the Tony Dungy comments concerning Michael Sam this week. Theismann didn’t believe Dungy’s comments were malicious, but that he thought the former Colts coach wouldn’t want to deal with the media circus that comes with a player like Sam.
“When you draft a Michael Sam, it’s similar to a Michael Vick situation when he got out of prison and went with the Philadelphia Eagles. You are going to get a lot of questions that aren’t football related but are socially related.”…”As a head coach you have enough difficulty managing a football team without adding the social aspect of Michael Sam’s sexual preference.”
Theismann did point out that he doesn’t care about Michael Sam’s sexual orientation, but he would agree that the team would only care about whether or not Sam can “help win for the team.” It’s only a matter of time for the initial barrage of questioning to end before Sam can prove his skill set on the football team, in which Theismann believes he is an undersized and slower player compared to other defensive ends in the league.
Moving directions to the Carolina Panthers, Theismann feels like Cam Newton can’t do it alone this season with a tough road ahead of him healing from surgery and not building the on field experience with his new WRs.
“You can’t expect to take three months off and then expect to be an efficient quarterback,” says Theismann.
Listen to the full interview with Joe Thiesmann below to hear why he thinks the NFC West is the best conference in the league, breakdown of a “balanced” NFC South division, and whether or not this is Peyton Manning’s last season in the league :