I'm getting sick of the Cam hate as well. Look, does he make some bad throws? Yes. Is he having a hard time losing? Yes. Do you want him to be OK with losing? I sure don't. He's in his SECOND year and he spoiled us last year with an amazing year. We expected him to have an All-Pro year this year but that wasn't fair. For one, defenses had a complete training camp, and also, they had a full year of tape on Cam and this gimmick offense.
It was never fair to expect Cam to carry this team in the first couple years anyway. We have spent a TON of money on running backs, and we hardly use them. We should be running 30-40 times a game with the money put into the run game and not making Cam carry us, at least not right now. The playcalling is handcuffing him.
I can't count how many times we start a new set of downs by either A) Losing yards on an option run or Getting 1-2 yards. I know 1-2 yards happens sometimes, but when you are doing it EVERY set of downs, you're putting unrealistic weight on Cam's shoulders. Is he pressing? Of course, he doesn't accept losing, and he shouldn't.
It is too early to start calling him Scam, and saying he's a bust. Let's see him in a real offense, like these other QB's have been able to use (minus maybe RG3). Getting mad at the guy for commercials or clothing lines, is just stupid. Not one person on this board wouldn't do the same thing in his position. The NFL is a dangerous game and at any moment you could run into an injury that takes you out forever. Make it while you can is what I say, and I don't blame him.
At any level of football, it's well know that the QB is going to receive the undue amount of praise and criticism. While Cam's play has taken a step back this year from his superlative rookie season, the more discouraging aspect of the 2012 season for the Panthers has to be the increasing questions and concerns regarding Cam's ability to handle adversity.
I don't think anyone is close to calling him a bust...his physical talent alone has more than proven that he can produce at the NFL level. However, a QB in todays game is expected to set the mood/tone/tempo/character of the franchise. This is an area where Cam has struggled mightily and whether he intended to or not, members of the organization were thrown under the bus.
Eli Manning said something that was posted in Peter King's MMQB column last week. And the essence was 'You have to care enough not to care'. Essentially - you put in 100% and be content to live with the results. Eli wasn't always this clutch QB with 2 SB rings. For a good deal of his career actually, he was seen as somewhat of a disappointment. But the person and player that he was from a temperment standpoint never wavered. Whereas when he was struggling to establish himself as an elite QB - his demeanor was seen as somewhat goofy...now that he is elite, his same demeanor is perceived as cold blooded. Hindsight being 20/20, it's clear that the Giants have benefited greatly as an organization from his approach.
There are multiple ways to skin a cat...but from a successful team aspect, I simply don't think the way Cam is reacting to this adversity is providing the Panthers any positives to build from.