Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:50 AM
Newton and the Panthers need wins.
They need them starting today.
Whether meaning too or not, Newton set a table of expectations with his 'Superman' celebrations that his team and himself cannot yet serve on that table and there is nothing the media likes more than a perceived 'out of control ego'.
I wanted Newton here. Given the option was Jimmy Clausen and the QBs available that year, the Panthers had no choice.
I believe Newton works very hard at his craft and maybe some day we will see the flashes from last year, would be great if it started today; but, lately Newton has been as much of the problem as the solution and i hope that does change and I hope that is just the normal maturation process in year 2.
It would be nice too, to see the Newton from last year, with that broad smile and confidence. There are times when he looks like a robot out there now, like there is any place he would rather be and he gives an aura that is not good. Like others, I'm also a little concerned that he didn't exactly get a ringing endorsement from Bell during the YouTube conversations last week.
I don't want to be called a racist for these views. I would say the same thing about any quarterback who did these things.
Leadership is hard to define; but, if most people are honest, we know it when we see it regardless of color and regardless of industry. I would be less than honest if I said I am not concerned about Newton. Success has come very easily for him athletically. Now, he is in a league that all are just as big, just as fast, and want nothing better than to lay out 'Superman'.
My point is simply if he can't lead naturally with raising up his team mates, then lead naturally by making a play to win a game instead of a play to lose a game.
I can say these things too because I financially and emotionally support this team,
I believe someone was talking about the defense 'not having any signature wins'. I say, where is the 'signature wins' from the offense led via our #1 draft choice. Coaches can be blamed for many things. Other things are squarely on the players.