Deadspin's DJ Dunson believes Auburn football legend Cam Newton would trade places with the quarterbacks he referred to as "game-managers," that being Brock Purdy, Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, and Tua Tagovailoa, in a heartbeat if he could; this in a long-form article-long effort to defend the group.
"Newton recently caught a wave of backlash for classifying Brock Purdy, Dak Prescott, Jared Goff and Tua Tagovailoa as game managers," Dunson prefaced before saying, "Technically, he didn’t insult them, but when you use that phrase, it’s implied. Returning fire at Newton is a waste of time. For him to throw shade at game managers isn’t surprising.
"If being a game manager is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Almost every quarterback in the league would trade places with these game managers. Hell, Cam Newton still wishes he could be them. All in all, game manager shouldn’t be an insult. It’s a badge of honor."
What Auburn football legend Cam Newton said about Brock Purdy, Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, and Tua Tagovailoa
Newton claimed that the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Miami Dolphins are winning games not because of, but merely due to the game-managing of, Purdy, Prescott, Goff, and Tagovailoa.
"Brock, they're not winning because of him," Newton said on the 4th and 1 podcast (h/t All 49ers). "He's managing the game. Purdy, Tua Tagovailoa, Jared Goff and Dak Prescott -- these are game managers. They're not difference-makers. They don't have to score every time. They just don't have to throw a pick every time, either. If we're really going to call a spade a spade, a game manager is different than a game changer."
Newton seems to be holding onto hope that he can return to the league at some point, even if some believe he could retire at any moment. Based on these comments, though, Newton still has that trash-talking edge and wants to compete with peers he doesn't see as his equals.