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Steve and Rivera on Cam

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I found the statement by Smith pretty damning about how there are no leaders on the team. Forget what it says about Cam, what does it say about Smith himself, along with Gross, TD, and CJ? After all, they are the team captains. Doesn't that carry the responsibility to be a leader on the field and off?

I felt the same way and at first I thought it was pretty lame that they were so frank about their 2nd year qb in a Washington Post article. But they don't want to coddle Cam like they're doing in NY with Sanchez. They know he has the potential to get better but the question is can he make his team better. What I found most interesting is that Cam is painted out as being a loner? Like whose his friends?

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Usually when teams rebuild they rebuild around character guys. There are no character guys on this team. There are some strong personalities, but no leaders. The meetings with Steve Smith last year to "convince" him to stay basically made him defacto leader of this team. The purging of all the veteran players before the lockout made him this by default. How can Cam become a leader if the current leader keeps sniping him in the press and his Coach leaves him out to dry?

After reading this article I'm starting to think that the greatest hindrance to Cam Newton is his "brother" Steve Smith. As a "leader" Steve Smith should have nothing to say about Cam to the press. Even if it's not his intent he should know how everything he says can be misconstrued and give fodder for the press to use.

Also, where the fug does Rivera figure into all this? Look at the successful teams in this league and all though they may say the QB is the leader it's more like he is leader 1a with the coach being 1b. Coughlin, Belichek, Harbaugh (both of em), Tomlin, etc.are considered either the leader or part of the leadership team. From reading the articles and watching the interviews you would think Rivera is an administrative assistant. "As Cam goes so does the team go" is not declaration that this is his team. It's more of a declaration of put all the blame on Cam and not me.

Harbaugh has made Alex Smith whom everyone and their mother thought was a bust into a leader. Look at the tone of his interviews from the Singletary days to the Harbaugh days? It's night and day. It's a travesty to be honest. Not just to Cam but to any young player to take all the blame for the shortcomings of both the coaching staff and the so called leadership of this team. Instead of blaming Cam's leadership how about no falling down or dropping balls. Instead of questioning his leadership how about stop taking and active roll in playcalling before we drop into a 1-6 hole?

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The bears are what, 7-1, how much leadership does Jay Cutler have.

Performance on Sunday is all that matters in the pros.

Not all QBs are universally loved or are Manning or Brady. Marino was not a universally loved guy but he performed.

It's a performance based industry.

I'm actually sick of the discussion of Cam's leadership and as much as I like Smith, just shut-up. Talk to your team mates not in the press and when the ball's there for a TD catch it.

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I also get tired about hearing this leadership stuff. Grown men, getting paid millions, shouldn't need a leader to do their job. I think it's some hidden way of making football seem more than what it is, which is adults getting paid insane amounts of money to play a game.

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I feel like the "leaders" of this team haven't stepped up enough to be talking like this about Cam, the second year player. It also doesn't ooze leadership to throw the entire team under the bus.

Players who have been around are making mistakes that kill drives. Olsen drops a sure first down. Smith slows up while running a route and the ball flies by him. Gross with that penalty which Stewart almost negated. Last week it was Olsen not coming to the errant throw and Smith slipping.

It's not purely their fault, but leadership in the locker room means little without performance and it definitely isn't all on Cam. Plenty of guys are making some plays, just not making all of them.

QBs are totally reliant on their teammates to succeed. Doesn't matter how great you are at anything, including leadership.

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I also get tired about hearing this leadership stuff. Grown men, getting paid millions, shouldn't need a leader to do their job. I think it's some hidden way of making football seem more than what it is, which is adults getting paid insane amounts of money to play a game.

Being a winner makes a leader, not the other way around. If that were the case, would The Golden Calf of Bristol have been nixed in Denver and now riding the pine behind Mark Sanchez?

Was Kobe a leader when he was putting up stats and scoring 81? Nope. His team was mediocre and he was fresh off a rape scandal. Then they brought in Gasol and Phil Jackson, they made it back the promise land twice and he's back to being a devine leader.

If the Panthers can start winning, this crap won't be brought up anymore.

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Am I the only one that thinks Smitty was being sarcastic when he said there's no leaders on this team?

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If Smith says the team doesn't have leaders, then he can tear that capital C off of his chest at any time, thanks.

EDIT: Although I didn't see the interview or read the article, so the quote might be out of context. Like ^ said. I'm not going to judge him too harshly for it.

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Never seen KT outright bash Steve Smith before, Steve MUST be telling the truth here.

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Its not Cam's fault #89 cant get open or is dropping balls at alarming rates. Steve had 2 TDs in the 1st week of last season. Let's see how long it takes him to get #2 this year. And the guy still cant keep his mouth shut publicly about teammates. This isnt his team anymore, he needs to learn to fall back and bow out gracefully. Cam is teaching him what leadership and poise is about. He always points the finger at himself. If #89 did that after the Giants game, probably wouldnt've took him til now to do something Lafell and Pilares did weeks ago.

or the fact pass interference gets called on the defender every time the ball gets throw to smitty in the end zone giving us the ball at the 1. Thats happened about 5 times this season costing smitty touchdowns.

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When were these comments made? After the game?

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Smith running his mouth about Cam to the press again. He's my favorite player, but I really just wish he'd shut up at times.

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