Judging from all the empty seats in the stadium last year any fans that are willing to show up would be great. Bandwagon or otherwise.
That's fine. You can have all the bandwagon fans you want. We got a ton of them this year when Clausen was drafted. I guess the chanting his name and so on only lasted a couple weeks. Then hype didn't matter and performance and wins and losses were the only thing that counted. I'd rather build my team with good players rather than players with hype and by the end, more jerseys will be sold with a consistently good team rather than a team led by hyped QB after hyped QB.
In a month or so we won't have to. These "fans" will be gone. Rooting for a team led by a safer less talented less athletic Qb. Jerry f'd up pandering his team and qbs to 'fans' not motivated by winning. Most of us want a quarterback. These dudes want a 'great hope ". Lol. There's a difference.
You might be right with less athletic, but less talented is a stretch. What if our fans become fans of the Colts, Patriots, or Packers? Are they now a fan for a team led by a less talented QB?
I have friends. Who have been Panther fans for years, that are leaving. It's not because they aren't 'real fans' it's because they don't like the way this organization is heading.
You think drafting Newton will keep them? What if he's not that good? Do they leave again? If he's great do they become super fans? If he's okay do they just watch on TV and buy a T shirt? Point is fans will come and go and you can't worry about it. If you put a good product on the field they will stay. If they feel Cam will make them a good product and not just a hyped product, they will do it. If they feel Peterson or Fairley or Bowers will make us a consistently better product, they will do it and fans will get over the fact we passed on their favorite player to never pay a down and they will appreciate winning again.
Bottom line...unless they find something worse than buying a stolen laptop in Cam's background, then he will go in the top five. If the Panthers investigate him and end up being satisfied that the kid stuff is behind Cam, then he will go #1 to the Panthers.
He is an elite talent any way you slice it, and there is no reason to assume that he isn't capable of picking up an NFL offense.
Again, he's not an elite talent, he's an elite athlete with elite potential. That doesn't equal talent.