I wrote my column today on Jon Gruden's views about Cam Newton and devoted a large part of it to the controversy of the "36" -- that refers to a video segment with Gruden and Newton from a pre-draft show this past April. The video is worth watching, at least the first minute of it, to show you what we're talking about if you didn't see it originally.
Gruden had asked Newton for the show to give him a playcall used at Auburn, presenting him with a 20-syllable NFL call first to show an example of what an NFL quarterback might say in the huddle.
Newton struggled for an answer before coming up with "36," which fed the doubters who thought Newton wasn't smart enough to play NFL quarterback.
Gruden said Wednesday he wanted to "squash" that notion right now and that he was sorry if his interview with Newton had fed into it. He also said a lot of complimentary things about Newton -- again, here's the column link.
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