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Cam Newton's Sophmore Slump [Article]


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#1 Who Dat Pat

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:49 PM

Article basically makes the same point I did, almost no wins, all wins against inferior opponents, best numbers at begining of season when defenses where weak from no offseason.

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While The Denver Broncos’ The Golden Calf of Bristol ended up dominating the headlines of The 2011 NFL Regular Season, The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton was finishing an impressive rookie year including a rookie record 4,051 passing yards and wins in four of his last six games.  Cam Newton and The Golden Calf of Bristol had many doubters coming into the year and both players showed flashes of brilliance that have convinced many people that both players will have long term success in The NFL.  The Golden Calf of Bristol will need to develop with The 2012 New York Jets if that is to happen.  The Golden Calf of Bristol performed so well in 2011 that he was the proposed starter for The Broncos going into 2012′s summer training camp but then he was traded. Cam Newton performed so well that he won NFL Rookie of the Year and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Newton’s continued NFL success may be assumed.  However, like The Golden Calf of Bristol, Cam Newton will still have to prove that he can have long term success in The NFL following the 2012 Carolina Panthers season and The Cam Newton Sophomore Slump.

I do not believe in the so called sophomore slump as much as I believe in the freshman fluke.  I would not be surprised if most supposed sophomore slumps were followed by junior and senior season slumps, so the success of a rookie’s performance, as it is for every individual and every team, is largely dependent on scheduling.  It’s not so much that I am predicting Cam Newton’s sophomore slump but that Cam Newton’s rookie season may be a fluke. People only want to know the final numbers and are not concerned with how they were reached. It doesn’t matter that The Golden Calf of Bristol lost his final 3 regular season games; The Golden Calf of Bristol led The Broncos to the playoffs.  The Golden Calf of Bristol Nation believes his win/loss record and playoff victory earned him the right to start in 2012 but it wasn’t Tebow’s overall record that John Elway was evaluating; it was the detail and execution of his plays.

Cam Newton came out of the gate on fire, passing for 854 yards in his first two games and he would win his first game of the year in week 3 vs. The Jacksonville Jaguars.  Newton would go on to complete the first half of the season as the lead passer in 6 of the 8 games.  Newton set the tone early in the season that he is for real.  While The Panthers would finish the first half 2-6, Cam Newton would have higher game totals in passing yards than opponents Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler. However, Newton would have no victories over their teams and his week 8 match up vs. The Minnesota Vikings would be the last time he was a game’s passing leader.

Newton’s led Panthers would finish the second half of the season going 4-4 but only one season win over a team with a winning record.  The Panthers beat The Houston Texans in week 14 minus key offensive players including Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub. That’s right; T.J. Yates had more passing yards than Cam Newton in their match up.  While The Panthers were winning, defending Cam Newton was becoming a challenge more easily accomplished than in the first half of the season.

In the second half of his rookie season, Newton’s passing yards per game totals would leave him runner up to the leader in all eight games.  Matt Hasselbeck, Chris Painter, T.J. Yates and both Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks, Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson would out pass Cam Newton.  Of Cam Newton’s 4051 passing yards, 34% would be achieved in games 1-4.  In games 5-8, Cam would amass another 25% of his season total, followed by 22% in games 9-12, and finishing the final four games with only 19% of his rookie season’s total passing yards.

Maybe it was the mental game wearing down on Newton but when we see his best games coming in September following an off season with a lock out, Cam Newton’s sophomore slump seems highly possible. In Week 1 Newton matched up against Kevin Kolb and The Arizona Cardinals, followed by The Green Bay Packers’ high powered offense and then The Bears’ week 4 match up, going toe to toe with what was still a Mike Martz ran offense at full strength.  If we take out those three games, Cam Newton’s record improves to a .461 win percentage as opposed to .375 but he would only have an average of 217 passing yards per game.  Newton’s touchdown to interception ratio and total rushing touchdowns were identical in both halves of the season. However, in addition to his victory over T.J. Yates and The Texans, Newton’s wins came against extremely inferior opposition as his passing yards per game declined throughout the season.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:25 PM

fluke! fluuuuuuuuuke! fluuuuuuuuuuuuke!

really though i'm scared. duane's corner is a respected outlet.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:37 PM

[rumor] Cam Newton's Sophomore Slump

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

"I don’t believe Cam Newton will have a sophomore slump, I think Newton was a rookie fluke but only time will tell if he is the next Michael Vick or the next Vince Young. However it turns out, Cam Newton can rest assured that at the very least, Andy Reid has probably taken notice."

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

Newton’s led Panthers would finish the second half of the season going 4-4 but only one season win over a team with a winning record. The Panthers beat The Houston Texans in week 14 minus key offensive players including Texans starting quarterback Matt Schaub. That’s right; T.J. Yates had more passing yards than Cam Newton in their match up. While The Panthers were winning, defending Cam Newton was becoming a challenge more easily accomplished than in the first half of the season.


i hate poo like this. quarterbacks don't play each other, they play the opposing defense. i'll play along though.

so tj yates passed for more yards than cam newton in that game? that's about the only thing he did that was worth anything - yates also went 19/30 with two picks.

yates played like absolute poo. he passed for more yards because his team was down early thanks to a strong performance from the panthers d and cam newton throwing for two touchdowns on the then-number one ranked defense in the league in the first half. carolina leaned heavily on the run in that game as they were mostly playing with a lead-34 rushing attempts was the final tally. all told, cam had an efficient if not incredibly flashy day going 12/23 for 149 yards with two passing touchdowns and no turnovers with armanti edwards taking away a pass attempt. he also rushed for 55 yards on 7 attempts. the texans hardly had an easy time with him.

the gist is that it wasn't so much that cam was easy to stop as it was the panthers grabbing an early lead and finally being able to sit on it thanks to a complete game from both sides of the ball. carolina put up 28 points, capitalized off turnovers, and got points when they needed them. mission accomplished and it goes down as a statement victory against a legit defense.

the houston texans would also go on to stomp andy dalton and the bengals, an altogether much stronger team than the panthers led by what some shithead retards argue is a better quarterback, into a bloody mess in the playoffs. he's straight up bullshitting if he thinks they were an "inferior" opponent when we played them.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:47 PM

He won't be the next Vick nor will he be the next Young. He is far better than either of those ever dreamed of being. He is the first Cam.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

it's really odd to me that duane's corner isn't featured on high-profile respected sports outlets more often

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:57 PM

interestingly more people have responded to his content on this board than there are comments probably on his entire site.

he should hire the op as his publicist.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:58 PM

ohhh nooo what will we do??

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

the stuff about josh johnson and josh freeman outpassing newton is a red herring as well.

we opened up a can on that team and were thoroughly beating the ever loving poo out of them by the half in both games. what else could they do down 21 and watching us march down the field at will? they had to chuck it.

johnson only passed for like 25 more yards than newton in the first game at TB by the way. the second one was a blowout and probably the most dominant performance by a panthers team since '09 @ the giants. newton accounted for 8 combined touchdowns in both of those games which is what actually fuging matters because the offense's job is to score points.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

Fuggin duanescorner.com? Alice, you've got to be kidding me you fat tub of sh!t. Lol.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

So let me get this straight....Cam is dinged because he was all stats and no wins but then when he does win (The Texans) TJ Yates throws for more yards so Cam is dinged for having worse stats and winning?

Anyone can post on the Internet.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

breaking news!

a *** has been spotted between the letters I, K, and L on your keyboard!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:40 PM

A curse and a slump are no match for swag.... Does the article writer mention our running game improving as the season went on??? Didn't think so. Nice try big fat pat. Now go eat some crawdads!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:24 PM

the stuff about josh johnson and josh freeman outpassing newton is a red herring as well.

we opened up a can on that team and were thoroughly beating the ever loving poo out of them by the half in both games. what else could they do down 21 and watching us march down the field at will? they had to chuck it.

johnson only passed for like 25 more yards than newton in the first game at TB by the way. the second one was a blowout and probably the most dominant performance by a panthers team since '09 @ the giants. newton accounted for 8 combined touchdowns in both of those games which is what actually fuging matters because the offense's job is to score points.


It's pretty basic argument this article and myself have brought up, the largest reason for early fascination with Cam is the amount passing yards he threw for. But when you factor in the lockout, his play being new to defenses, and the diminishing success of pass game as defenses were better prepared and season progressed, the stat becomes less extraordinary, as it seems to just be a factor of easy schedule and unprepared defenses.

The argument about increase in run game doesn't exactly wash either. The difference in run game from first 8 games compared to final 8 was only about a 30 yard difference. Further, and more important to the point, those run yards include an increasing portion from Cam himself. The same throws he was able to make early in the season, where no longer open or as easy to make so he was pulling down ball and running more.

The article basically makes the point that his best statistics came in first 8 games, which was a result of defenses unpracticed because of lockout. Once the teams went into 2nd half of season, the stats for Cam were a lot more ordinary.

Bottom line, he is saying with no lockout this year and Cam no longer an unseen product, he will be the more ordinary player of the last 8 games. He argues that the situation of easy defenses and easy schedule first half the season were more of a freshman fluke, and that's why he isn't going to have a Sophmore slump since he is really the regular stat producing rookie from last 8 games and will continue to be regular with no lockout this year.


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