On Thursday, September 23, famed sports commentator Stephen A. Smith used his platform on ESPN’s First Take to encourage his favorite NFL team to sign a new quarterback.
“Go get Cam now. If I’m the Pittsburgh Steelers, go get Cam Newton right now,” he pleaded, before making his case for a radical change in direction at the most important position in football.
“Ben Roethlisberger is not healthy, and at his age (39), he is just a stationary target. He is a statue. … He can’t move. When you look at it from that perspective, desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Indeed, signing former No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton would smack of desperation. Smith essentially admitted as much when he addressed some of the drawbacks associated with the 32-year-old quarterback, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2011 but played for the New England Patriots in 2020.
“We all know that he got beat out by (New England’s 2021 first-round pick) Mac Jones, lets’ just call it what it is,” said Smith, before noting that Newton’s passing accuracy remains an issue.
“And I’m not even bringing COVID into the situation in case he’s unvaccinated, as that’s a different subject for another time,” he added. “But strictly from a football perspective, when (Steelers backup) Mason Rudolph and (third-stringer) Dwayne Haskins are your options, you get Cam Newton right now.”