- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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This one has some great detail about what they worked on in what Weinke described “four-day minicamp’’ at IMG Academy, where Weinke is now the director of the football program. Perhaps most important of all, the story clarifies the question everyone is asking – does Newton have a Carolina playbook?
Yes, he does. According to Weinke, Newton (who apparently got the playbook during the brief window when the lockout was lifted in April) brought it with him to Florida recently. Weinke said the daily sessions included 90 minutes of going over plays and defenses, followed by 90 minutes of work on the field. After lunch, they went back to the classroom for a 90-minute study session. Newton also had the option of hitting the field for a second throwing session each afternoon.
"We're spending about 3 to 3 1/2 hours a day in the classroom installing his offense and watching video," Weinke said. "We film everything, we video it, we analyze it. We come back in the afternoon and do some more installation and review some video. It's really similar to what they would face if they went to a minicamp following the draft."
Carolina’s new offense is much different than the ones Weinke worked in under George Seifert and John Fox. But Weinke is a smart guy who can pick up just about any playbook quickly. Weinke had been out of football since 2008 and only recently took this job after “playing a lot of golf’’.
Weinke is cut out perfectly for a role like this. Although his NFL career never blossomed, he was always known as a guy who studied hard and had good mechanics. Weinke also has worked with Minnesota quarterback Joe Webb last week and Christian Ponder is scheduled to join him this week.