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Mike Belotti: Mariota will be better than Newton in NFL

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Former Oregon coach Mike Belotti has very high opinion of current Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Belotti told a local Charlotte radio station on Tuesday that the Heisman Trophy contender will be a better NFL quarterback than Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers’ current starter.

“I think he’ll be a fine quarterback at the (NFL) level, much like a Kaepernick-type guy … better than Carolina’s quarterback right now,” Belotti told WFNZ-FM’s “The Drive” on Tuesday.

Belotti cited Mariota’s work ethic and how he is a student of the game, while noting that Newton gets by mostly on his athleticism and physical tools.

“Cam has never had to work as hard, and I think he is finally now starting to get it and spend time in the classroom with the coaches. A lot of things come really easy to Cam. I think he still thinks he can just go out there and do it,” Bellotti said.

“I think Marcus is a combination of the athlete and the student.”

Belotti also believes Mariota is superior as a runner to Robert Griffin III.

“I don’t know if he is quite as good a pure passer (as Griffin), but he is a better combination because RGIII is more of a sprinter as opposed to a football runner and so he puts himself in situations where he can’t protect himself,” Bellotti said.

Whatever one’s opinion is on the matter, there’s a good chance that Mariota could soon have one very important thing in common with both Newton and Griffin III — a certain stiff-arm trophy, perhaps?

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21 Responses to “Mike Belotti: Mariota will be better than Newton in NFL”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:02 PM

    We’ll see about all that when defensive ends AND linebackers are faster than him, not just DBs.

  2. dhardy8207 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:07 PM

    Wouldn’t make that assumption just yet. NFL is a grown man’s game and to make this type of statement too maturely could really set this young man up for dissappointment. No one knows what type of player he’ll be until he actually plays on that level…

    Remember the Heisman winner a few years back… Matt Leinhart was suppose to be the shizzle and turned out to be one of the most infamous flops…

  3. dhardy8207 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:08 PM

    ***Typo*** meant prematurely**

  4. manik56 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:31 PM

    This Oregon QB sounds like he may be good. Maybe I should stay up really late sometime and watch him. Too bad he doesn’t play in a real conference like the SEC.

  5. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 29, 2013 6:34 PM

    That’s the first love that Belotti has thrown our way since we unceremoniously sent him off into the sunset in favor of Chip. To be fair, watching Marcus fall is sometimes like watching those birds that can’t land though. As far as speed is concerned, I haven’t seen a game yet where he wasn’t the fastest player on the field on either team. That however could be a moot point if he doesn’t learn how to land. And Mr Wright, let me save you the trouble:
    -Florida State is good looking and Oregon is ugly
    -Florida State is smart and Oregon is dumb
    -Florida State is good, Oregon is way over rated
    -Jameis is the second coming, Marcus is just real lucky
    -Every player at every position for Florida State is better.
    -ACC is super tough, PAC is super soft
    -Clemson is better than Virginia, Tennessee, Cal, UCLA, Nichols State, Colorado, Washington, and Wazzou combined… et al

  6. afrancis55 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    He still seems bitter that Auburn beat his beloved ducklings in 2010. And besides, who thinks Cam is a good nfl qb anyway?

  7. thefiesty1 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:50 PM

    That’s not saying a lot. Newton is ok, so far, but not the answer yet.

  8. auburntigers34 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    He’s an idiot. Cam Newton’s always been a hard worker and he’s playing as well or better than any QB in the NFL right now, other than maybe Andy Dalton.

  9. auburntigers34 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:03 PM

    Newton’s “ok” right now? He has more passing yards through his first 39 games than any other QB that’s played the game. He’s also got to 75 TDs faster than any other QB in the history of the NFL. He’s completed over 85% of his passes the last 3 weeks. He’s a little better than “ok”.

  10. henryjones20 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:08 PM

    and bellotti will never be able to hold chip Kelly’s dirty underwear.

  11. js20011041 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:10 PM

    He also said Mariota was (I’m paraphrasing here) far, far better than Winston, and that Mariota would step into FSU’s offense and replicate Winston’s production, while Winston could not step into Oregon’s offense and be productive. In other words, Belotti is an idiot. Winston plays in a far more complex system, and by virtue of the fact that FSU does not play in a hurry up offense, has been far more efficient, and faced more complex defenses. Oregon’s system isn’t a gimmick. It’s a well designed attack. But it also lends itself well (as does Baylor’s) to putting up big numbers from the qb spot. Mariota is a fine qb, but how is he all that distinguishable from Darron Thomas or Dennis Dixon? Winston is doing things we haven’t seen from a qb in a pro style system that is extremely rare. For FSU to be putting up Oregon like numbers, while not getting the extra snaps that an Oregon does, is insane.

  12. tjonesquackattack says: Oct 29, 2013 7:47 PM

    I think every single one of you that’s left a message are nothing but stupid idiots that know nothing about quarterbacking coaching or scouting of players and how you guys criticize and think you know everything over a real football coach that has coached before is pathetic and stupid. Marcus Mariota is going to be hands-down the best quarterback in the draft. I know this because I listen to real professionals opinions not morons like you guys. Do everyone a favor and stop posting such idiot responses

  13. afrancis55 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:55 PM

    @tjonesquackattack

    Are you done?

  14. afrancis55 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:59 PM

    Tjones if you’re referring to Beloiti as an “expert” that’s laughable. He’s one of the most biased “analysts” there is and not to mention a complete homer towards Oregon on his appearances on espnu. But you wouldn’t know that until you take off your green and yellow glasses ands top drinking the Kool aid,

  15. auburntigers34 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    tjonesquackattack

    Did you also listen to Mayock when he claimed that Gabbert was the best QB in the draft a couple of years ago? How’d that turn out?

    Joey Harrington, Kellen Clemens, Dennis Dixon,etc. Oregon has a nice track record of putting QBs in the NFL……QBs that don’t accomplish anything once they get into the league.

  16. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 29, 2013 8:03 PM

    tjonesquackattack says:
    Oct 29, 2013 7:47 PM
    I think every single one of you that’s left a message are nothing but stupid idiots that know nothing about quarterbacking coaching or scouting of players and how you guys criticize and think you know everything over a real football coach that has coached before is pathetic and stupid. Marcus Mariota is going to be hands-down the best quarterback in the draft. I know this because I listen to real professionals opinions not morons like you guys. Do everyone a favor and stop posting such idiot responses

    Experts are wrong quite often it seems.

  17. Jew Bledsoe says: Oct 29, 2013 8:09 PM

    The next Kaepernick? So he’s going to suck and be carried by his team?

  18. mogogo1 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:18 AM

    If memory serves, Belotti was also convinced Akili Smith would be great in the NFL.

  19. cgarsmoker says: Oct 30, 2013 1:44 PM

    I am amazed by the constant criticism of Cam Newton…. Every year some “expert” seems to have something negative to say. I’ve seen every NFL game Cam has played and he isn’t perfect but he is pretty dang good. As he continues to mature, he’s just getting better and better. He’s breaking passing records without much of a receiving corps as well.

  20. irishdodger says: Oct 31, 2013 12:23 AM

    @auburntigers:

    Ever heard of Dan Fouts? Every BCS school has their share of QBs who were highly successful on the college level but never pan out in the pros. Not every BCS school can claim an NFL HoF QB as an alum.

  21. auburntigers34 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:59 PM

    Yeah, I’ve heard of Dan Fouts. He was one of my favorite QBs when i was a kid in the 70s/80s/.

    So we only had to go back 40 years to find an OU QB that had success in the NFL?

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