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#13 Mr. Scot

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:51 PM

excerpt and synopsis for those who like reading excerpts and synopses instead of clicking on links?

 

Here ya go...

 

 

 

This is a big year for Cam Newton. There's no way around it.

Newton made a huge leap from Year 2 to Year 3 in his NFL career. He became a leader. He became more of a pocket passer. And he helped his Carolina Panthers turn a 1-3 start to the 2013 season into a 12-4 finish and an NFC South title.

The season could have gone south quickly. The team could have turned on coach Ron Rivera. But the Panthers didn't, and part of the credit for that goes to Newton, who assumed responsibility for the team and didn't let it fracture.

This season will be even bigger. It will show whether Newton is ready to take the next step, whether he is the type of quarterback who should be discussed as one of the game's best, whether he is the type who, like Tom Brady, can make his teammates better rather than relying on his teammates to make him better.

Newton will have his work cut out for him.

 

 

 

The Panthers made the calculated -- albeit risky and unpopular -- decision to overhaul their receiving corps. They determined, rightfully so, that after 13 seasons with the team Steve Smith was no longer a viable No. 1 option. He was at best a No. 2 with the personality and ego of a No. 1.

In free agency, the Panthers also lost Brandon LaFell, who underperformed by catching 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. Although Ted Ginn Jr. proved to be more of a threat than he had been the previous season in San Francisco, Carolina was not willing to pay big money for a player who caught 36 passes for 556 yards and five touchdowns. And Domenik Hixon was a nonfactor with seven catches for 55 yards and one touchdown.

The mass exodus of receivers was jarring, not so much because they had massively produced. They hadn't. Collectively, the four players who walked out the door were subpar against winning teams last season, as a group averaging 10 catches and 124.7 yards against Seattle, Arizona, San Francisco, New England and New Orleans twice.

What is jarring is that the team was so willing to remove all of Newton's primary wide receiver targets. It took away the chemistry. It took away the familiarity.

 

 

 

Carolina has not yet replaced Smith. As the roster stands, there is not a No. 1 receiver among the group. In free agency, the team signed Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood. It is banking on other young receivers on the roster blossoming into viable options, and it is likely planning on selecting at least one receiver in next month's draft.

Even if the Panthers use their first-round pick on a receiver -- which is possible but unlikely, given their need at offensive tackle -- that is a lot of receivers with whom Newton must familiarize himself quickly and without the benefit of offseason workouts, organized team activities and minicamp.

 

 

 

 

Newton would have only weeks to develop chemistry and rapport with his new receivers. That would make every training camp practice and every preseason game crucial to the team's development.

The good news for Carolina is that Newton seems to understand the position he is in and the importance he holds on the team. He said that he is using his time to watch more tape than ever before. He is studying. He is asking questions, and he is more than willing to assume more "ownership," as he said, of coordinator Mike Shula's offense.

"It is something we want from all our guys, to take ownership," Rivera said. "But because he is our quarterback, it has more significance."

That it does.

The thing the Panthers don't want to happen is for Newton to feel like he has to run to be productive. Although he is dynamic in the open field, a running Newton could become an injured Newton, and that would not be good for anybody.

 

 

 

Newton would be wise to listen to what another quarterback had to say last preseason about the bevy of new receivers with whom he had to work. This quarterback didn't have a true No. 1 at his disposal. Like Newton, he had unproven guys to mold.

"Well," he said, "you've got to develop some trust in each other, and they've got to know that I trust them and care about them and care about what they're doing. So we're trying to build a rapport with one another, spending time together -- and that's with all players, not just the young players. That's how teams develop."

That was Brady in August.

The question is, can Newton, like Brady, make the players around him better? Can he be the difference-maker? Can he elevate them, instead of needing them to elevate him?

The Panthers are betting Newton can, risky as it is. Brady guided the Patriots to the playoffs last season and even won a game, but ultimately he didn't have enough help.

Will Newton? Carolina is poised to find out.

 

 

 

No synopsis, but plenty of excerpts :D

 

 

oh....so it's one of "those" articles. nvm about the excerpt/ not interested in reading poo.

 

I wouldn't call it that, but you can judge for yourself.
 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:52 PM

I got blisters on my fingers



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:57 PM

I like how this article acts as if Cam should just be turning any scrubs we decide to throw out there into All-Pro's, but when was the last time a quarterback had every wide receiver who caught a pass the previous season leave, heading into the final year of his contract no less? On top off all that also only adding one single starter (who missed all of last season) on the offensive side of the football since said quarterback was drafted by his team.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:00 PM

ok.....so the question is, can cam act like an ass to his new receiving corps and throw them under the bus consistently like brady did with his group of unknowns last year?

 

and we would want this why?

 

to the real question....i think cam does make the team around him better already and he will do just fine with his new group of WRs.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:03 PM

No, and I don't see him throwing any of his teammates under the bus, that goes against everything we know of him so far.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:04 PM

He set the rookie passing record with no summer to work with team at all, I think he will be fine.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

I hope this idiot isn't one of you:

 

 

 

Paul E Thomas ·  Top Commenter · Hendersonville, North Carolina
Everyone knows the D for Carolina is the reason we made the playoffs. Superman was not the leader. The leader of the offense was veteran Steve Smith. Without Smith, I predict Carolina does not make the playoffs. The D can only do so much. (btw, Cam became more of a pocket passer due to his ankle bothering him)

 



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:09 PM

I don't think this will be as hard as some folks make it out to be.  Didn't Newton do this fairly well as a rookie with no OTAs, no offseason and moving right into training camp.  Back then he was in a brand new system and didn't read defenses all that well.  Olsen was a new addition as was Shockey and LaFell was a rookie.  While he won't be throwing at least he will have OTAs and minicamp to bond which he didn't have with teams not reporting until the lockout was over.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

Every year is a new year that Cam has to "prove himself." Lazy Journalism is lazy.

 

 

I've said this before, Newton will NEVER be able to prove himself. If he has 10 games with 100+ QB rating and 1 game of sub-40 QB rating, those that say the needs to "prove himself" will claim: "See, I told you Newton was not a good QB!" And proceed to mention the 40 game above all else.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:27 PM

But, but, but she 4got to mention the "maturation" of Cam Newton.....for that she diserves the nose in the book, yes the nose in the book!

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:29 PM

I hope this idiot isn't one of you:

 

lol go to a Dolphins board, you will never see one of their fans attempting to throw Tannehill under the Bus, same with the Bears and Cutler, or the Rams and Bradford, or the Lions with Stafford...

 

But we have PANTHERS fans talking about how overrated Newton is...

 

BTW, its worst on the Observer.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 06:45 PM

Nobody could possibly say Brady was in this bad of shape when you combine the line and skill players around him.