In Newton’s first two seasons, his offensive coordinator was former Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. Newton joined former general manager Marty Hurney’s radio show and admitted that he butted heads with Chudzinski about the playbook.
“It kind of was a learning curve, especially when you was here, with having (former offensive coordinator) coach (Rob) Chudzinski,” Newton told Hurney. “He opened the floodgates with material right from the jump. I didn’t like it then because coming from a hand signal philosophy from Auburn, it was kind of force-feeding a kid with carrots. I didn’t want to learn it, and I was always trying to complain about the workload.”
“It was too much. ‘Y’all putting in too many plays. We only can run one play!’” Newton recalled telling the staff at the time. “Me and coach Chudzinski were always butting heads with the workload because I came from a system that was look to the sideline and play — fast. Make plays.”
Newton says he is more comfortable now and did credit the process in helping him become a better player.