Smitty and Gross are both viewed as leaders by their team mates. Cam is not. Sorry that your bias and ulterior motives cannot handle that FACT.
Smitty & Gross are "leaders" by default. Its common knowledge Carolina Panthers players bestow the Captain title on the longest tenured players. Its not performance based and its really not a big deal. Tyler Brayton, has been a team captain for us, so that tells me all I need to know about its importance.
Cam had a record setting rookie season and his team mates STILL did not vote him a captain. That SHOULD go a long way in telling everyone that Can has a ton of things to work on...and many if then are on the sideline and in the locker room.
Why dont you mention the fact that Gross even after playing in the Super Bowl for us and not missing any games did not become a team captain until his 5th
season in 2008. And I dont remember any one complaining about him not being a captain in his 2nd year. Smitty didnt become a captain until 2010, his 9th
season. Think of all he did up to that point, all the hard work and play he put in and his teammates didnt bestow him with the honor until he was past his prime. I'd be willing to bet Cam will be a captain on this team before his 5th season. He's so far ahead of the curve compared to those guys it isnt even funny.
I love the kids potential and do believe that he can reach that potential. But, he had to understand his weaknesses both on and off the field.
Cam will be fine. Its our franchise that I worry about. If they dont put a better supporting cast around this kid and start expecting everyone on the roster to step up, I dont know how this franchise will survive if he leaves in 2 years.