Auburn‘s last football player to win the Heisman Trophy and the main architect of the Tigers’ only national championship in the 21st century should not be out of work right now.
While it was nice to have Cam Newton alongside Bruce Pearl and the men’s basketball team (and Maddie Prewett) in last Saturday morning’s college section against the Georgia Bulldogs, the 2015 MVP of the NFL should have prepared for a Sunday start.
Unfortunately for Newton and Auburn football fans everywhere, that opportunity did not and has not existed since the New England Patriots took out the ten-year veteran just before kick-off. 2021.
Luckily for Newton and the Auburn family, a first-rate opportunity has opened up following the recent operation of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the middle finger of his throwing hand.
Auburn football legend Cam Newton set to be Seattle Seahawks’ next QB
For now, Newton is superior to the only option available to the Seahawks. Geno Smith is the new de facto starter, set to sound the alarm bells for the 12th man in the Pacific Northwest.
The former West Virginia Mountaineer’s best season in numbers was a 13 touchdown, 13 interception campaign in his second season with the New York Jets. Records-wise, his first season in the Big Apple was his best (8-8) but even then his INT total (21) eclipsed his TD total (12). He’s only been a spot starter since, bouncing around franchises of the NY Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and now the Seattle Seahawks.
Of course, Pete Carroll could roll the dice on Smith realizing his potential more than eight years after being drafted. He could also sue Robert Griffin III, Blake Bortles, or Alex Smith, as 12th Man Rising suggested.
Then again, with a guy who is nine months away from putting up 342 versatile yards and three touchdowns with no INTs in a single game sitting in the free agent market, the payoff may be higher with a dice roll on someone. who reached a championship game at the college and professional levels as the clear leader of his locker room.