answering the OP....
1) you don't sit a QB you draft in the first or second round UNLESS there is already a QB entrenched in the job already. this is especially true with the way rookie contracts are constructed now. you have to figure out if they can handle the pressures early. if they can't, they probably won't down the road.
You do if you have someone who can be a placeholder. That was Chris Chandler for McNair. Anderson could have been that for Newton too. And I disagree with the whole "if they can't start now, they never will" notion.
2) cam is one of the majority of people on the planet who learn best by experience...with practical application of things learned and live bullets being thrown at you....and no, i wouldn't have a surgeon operating on me without him going through years of study before picking up a knife, but then i'm not asking for a QB to be a surgeon. it just ain't the same thing. (and i've seen that brought up in discussions about whether to sit a rookie QB or not)
Football is one of those arenas where not all experience is good
experience. This year is a prime example of that.
3) how would cam sitting this year made things better this year? how would starting cam this year this year instead of last year make him better? i don't think it would and mainly because cam starting or not starting is the issue or the problem. it's the coaching. it's the playcalling. would cam be better off having been insulated from this cluserf*ck of a season? wouldn't all of us? i mean every panther player and every panther fan would have been better off if this season hadn't happened the way it did...but it did happen. with every disaster in life that happens, though...those effected have one simple decision to make, are you going to let this beat you or are you going to use this as an opportunity to grow. being insulated from life's poo fests doesn't make you any better in the long run. it just makes you inexperienced and probably ill-prepared for the next time the poo hits the fan.
Reasons already listed prior.
i just don't like this hindsight crap and i think that the next coaching staff will be better than the crap we've had this year. and i absolutely think that this will have been a good experience for cam and the team mainly because he's gotten more experience under his belt, more tape for him to watch, more knowledge of what defenses are throwing at him, and more time with his receivers. he's earning his stripes. how is that not a good thing?
sorry....he's not going to be like some david carr, and if he does turn into some sort of shell shocked fragile psyche carrbon coy or some VY headcase that runs away and makes everyone think he's suicidal, then isn't it better that we find out earlier rather than later? i don't think that's the case, tho.
oh....and would DA have done better as the starter this year or last year? nope. would chud have run things differently? probably. would he have run things better? doubt it...at least not his second year. remember what happened with his offense in cleveland. the first year it was pretty spectacular and was good enough to send a couple guys to the pro-bowl, including DA. what did he do the next year? he saw what worked and then tried doing something completely different. he out-thinks himself and the team. i don't think we knew how much of a problem it was. now we know. that's what chud does. he makes something brilliant one year and then destroys it the next. cam had nothing to do with that. he's a victim just like the rest of the team. it happened. move on.
We don't really know that the next coaching staff's going to be better though, do we?
I don't really care whether last year would have been better or not. I sincerely doubt it. But yes, I believe that Newton would have been better off with a year of adjustment and preparation.
For the record, I went into this thread not expecting anyone to agree, but it's what I believe, and for reasons I've already explained.
Will we ever know? No. But it's what I think.
And I believe most coaches given the choice would rather bring a guy along slowly, but the nature of the game today is that many can't afford to do that. And young guys pay the price.