The Carolina Panthers feel to the New Orleans Saints in a wacky week three of the NFL. Although this week was incredibly unpredictable there was one constant factor, the Panthers’ offense is terrible. Some would blame it on injuries to TE Greg Olsen, C Ryan Kalil, and injury prone WR Kelvin Benjamin. While injury pile ups don’t help the Panthers offense. The real issue lies on the shoulders of Cam Newton. It’s time to face facts Cam Newton needs to be dropped like a rock. He was a one season wonder, and the Panthers need to move on from it.
Cam’s MVP season was spectacular, but it didn’t start out that way. At the beginning of 2015 it started out like most of Cam’s seasons, pretty pedestrian. The defense won them most of their games, and Cam caught all the praise. Largely due to his culturally successful celebration the “dab”. After the Panthers lost Super Bowl 50 it appears as if they have been in permanent hangover mode. This is especially the case for Cam Newton, Newton appears to have lost his confidence, but really he never had it to begin with. There’s a difference between being cocky and confident. A confident man can accept the fact someone doesn’t like them, and move on. A cocky man expects everyone to love him, and is deeply hurt when they don’t. Cam has always been cocky, and now that the Panthers are losing it’s deeply hurting him.
Cam’s cockiness has been shaken, because all of his football abilities came from things you can see and measure. The reason why Tom Brady baffles so many is because he excels in ways that no one can measure. Cam’s shoulder injury was a devastating blow to not only his abilities, but the Panthers offense. They are having to totally redesign the offense around him. Cam isn’t showing the ability to throw with accuracy or run through the tackles anymore. If Cam can not be “SuperCam” anymore than it puts the Panthers in quite a predicament. Before the season began the Panthers cut third string QB Joe Webb, and back-up Derek Anderson looked like garbage in the preseason. Which means the Panthers, and Cam are faced with a choice going forward.
Cam needs to accept the fact that as he ages he won’t be as extraordinary athletic, and will need to evolve as a passer. However, this would depend on Cam actually committing to football, and learning the game. This would involve film sessions and after hours, and I just don’t feel like Cam has it in him. Cam started at the University of Florida, but had to transfer to Blinn College, because of his poor grades. Almost eight years later, and it appears that Cam still has this low IQ. Now intelligence is genetic, but there are mistakes Cam consistently makes on interceptions that come from a lack of understanding. Yesterday on his third interception he had two guys wide open, and tried to split the defense. Afterwards he walked over to the sidelines, and pouted alone. It was proven after the Super Bowl that Cam is a sore loser now it’s being proven that he’s also not the brains of the team. Which will be a growing and reoccurring issue this season for the Panthers.
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