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This Throw Shows What Cam Can Become With Consistency

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One of the Cam haters favorite retort against him is that he is simply a running quarterbakc and will never develop any accuracy. Obviously, that is a load of bullshit, as we've seen him makes hundreds of accurate passes in his short career already, and many truly elite throws as well. But it's nice to single out one example of that from time to time, just to show how bright this kid's future is when he makes these plays look routine.

Against the Chiefs, we faced a 3rd and 11. Cam throws an out route to Smith that is so dead on the money the underneath defender can do nothing but helplessly watch it go by.

This throw has everything you can ask for from a quarterback:

- The Chiefs, expecting a target to Smith, bracket him in over-under coverage. For the vast majority of quarterbacks this would take the receiver out of the play

- Cam takes the snap and keeps his eyes in the middle of the field, trained away from Smith.

- Smith avoids the attempted press by feinting an inside release and then streaking downfield, which allows him to flash open

- When Cam sees Steve flash open he sets his feet, steps into the throw, and unleashes a streaking spiral that completely defeats the Chiefs schematic attempt to take away Smith. It cannot be stressed enough how much of an advantage it is to have a quarterback that can beat defenses that are directly engineered to stop the very play the quarterback was successful on. Much of our history with Delhomme was hindered by the fact that, if teams schemed to take Smith away, Jake didn't have the arm talent to beat them. Cam does.

- The ball placement is perfect. Absolutely perfect. Neither defender has the tiniest chance at the ball, and it hits Smith square in the chest with just enough room to spare to keep him inbounds before he steps out.

Here's a clip from the coaches film showing that throw in its full glory.

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dats a good pass right der dem smigity pickins

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His off balance on the run TD pass to Smitty during the Raiders game was godly.
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he makes throws ALL the time like that...


He has made some sick passes in his 2 years that I'm not sure some of the best could make. Obviously he has been off on some that he should make though. That happens to every QB though. Especially one has young as Cam.

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Yeah he's been doing that since AZ 2011.

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[quote name='SBVG' timestamp='1357958585' post='2091796']
His off balance on the run TD pass to Smitty during the Raiders game was godly.
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Indeed, that was an incredible pass.
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I actually prefer the throw against the raiders where the play looked dead but he threw it while running and hit smitty in the back part of the end zone. Smith didn't even look until the end and he just turned around that the throw was right there. Specifically where it needed to be. Where only god and Smith had a shot at it. The throw itself was perfect. Just floating through the air with grace and conviction at the same time. It was truly a thing of beauty. Touchdown Panthers.

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[quote name='Ivan The Awesome' timestamp='1357959061' post='2091815']
I actually prefer the throw against the raiders where the play looked dead but he threw it while running and hit smitty in the back part of the end zone. Smith didn't even look until the end and he just turned around that the throw was right there. Specifically where it needed to be. Where only god and Smith had a shot at it. The throw itself was perfect. Just floating through the air with grace and conviction at the same time. It was truly a thing of beauty. Touchdown Panthers.
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That TD was a thing of beauty, but I wanted to point out a throw that specifically defeated defensive coverage with no hint of scrambling or extending the play. This throw was a flat out victory over the Chiefs defense.
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more of this!

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That was fuging perfect.

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he kills the deep outs. you can't throw that ball any better and newton sticks like five of those per game.

the deep out is [i]the [/i]throw in pro football, or the closest you can get at least. being able to smoke those routes is one of the bellwethers that separates the true franchise type quarterbacks from average/decent starters.

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Frozen rope.

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the trajectory is perfect too-it resembles a perfectly thrown splitter. on a straight line and then it just drops right in.

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[quote name='Daddy Uncle' timestamp='1357958667' post='2091798']
he makes throws ALL the time like that...


He has made some sick passes in his 2 years that I'm not sure some of the best could make. Obviously he has been off on some that he should make though. That happens to every QB though. Especially one has young as Cam.
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I think that Cam is already a top 10 QB, and he is still improving, every single week. He will be elite, and he also seems durable as well. Probably the best draft choice we have ever made considering the risk.

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[quote name='chris999' timestamp='1357966628' post='2091961']


I think that Cam is already a top 10 QB, and he is still improving, every single week. He will be elite, and he also seems durable as well. Probably the best draft choice we have ever made considering the risk.
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You cannot point to a better or higher risk pick in franchise history. If peppers doesn't pan out at #2 so be it. But if cam doesn't pan out at #1 we are screwed for years. Cam is the best/most important pick EVAR!

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It was a PERFECT throw.... but it had to be. You don't want him throwing into double coverage. If the velocity is even slightly lower it's an easy pick. If he let it sail slightly up the field it's a pick. If he placed it just as well but the velocity was down again, Smith gets killed. There were a ton of things that could have gone wrong on that throw.

When you watch the best QB's throw, they tend to find open targets.... not make them with ball placement. I want to see Cam get better at hitting open WR before we start throwing his name into the conversation for Top 10.

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[quote name='Vagrant' timestamp='1357968833' post='2091997']
It was a PERFECT throw.... but it had to be. You don't want him throwing into double coverage. If the velocity is even slightly lower it's an easy pick. If he let it sail slightly up the field it's a pick. If he placed it just as well but the velocity was down again, Smith gets killed. There were a ton of things that could have gone wrong on that throw.

When you watch the best QB's throw, they tend to find open targets.... not make them with ball placement. I want to see Cam get better at hitting open WR before we start throwing his name into the conversation for Top 10.
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Every top QB throws into tight coverage from time to time. Usually it works. Sometimes not. But they all, without exception, do it.

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Cam has made a lot of perfect throws. When all his mechanics are set he is great. Just needs to be consistent. Of course that comes with experience reps, proper coaching and a scheme designed to take advantage of not just his skill set but the pieces around him(from O-line to WRs)

My favorite throw from Cam actually came last year on another throw to Smitty in a game v Washington. Incredible accuracy.(click to 3:06)

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The biggest problem Cam has is playing under pressure. When the heat is on he reverts to his instincts rather than learned mechanics. I think that is part of why he struggled early. Once we were out of the playoffs the pressure to win was off for him. The great QBs can stay cool in the pocket under any circumstance. Cam can leave the pocket and gain 10 yards but that hurts his development as a passer when 10 yards isn't enough in the 4th quarter.

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No offense to anyone currently slobbering over that play... But it really wasn't anything special. A simple pitch and catch. The coverage was horrible. Neither defender looked to be within 5 yds of Smitty when he made the catch.

I was expecting some spectacular. I found it to be rather pedestrian and vanilla. I've seen way better throws from Cam on many different occasions

Edit: I'm referring to the OP

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Cam Newton can make throws that very few QBs can make. Even some top shelf NFL QBs.

He reminds me of Brett Favre in the regard.

That is what gets me excited (in my bathing suit area) about Cam. He could be a guy that throws like Favre and runs like Cunningham.

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[quote name='TruCatzFan' timestamp='1357970495' post='2092026']
No offense to anyone currently slobbering over that play... But it really wasn't anything special. A simple pitch and catch. The coverage was horrible. Neither defender looked to be within 5 yds of Smitty when he made the catch.

I was expecting some spectacular. I found it to be rather pedestrian and vanilla. I've seen way better throws from Cam on many different occasions

Edit: I'm referring to the OP
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TCF, the defender was in Smith's hip pocket the whole way. He only looks like he's off of him because Steve breaks into his route. When Smith secures the catch the defender has his arms on him. It only looks like he's wide open because that pass was perfectly on time, which exactly the point I was making. This is not a simple throw by any stretch of the imagination, and for Cam to make it look easy says a lot about his skill. If you can't get excited at that kind of pass than I'm afraid the more Cam grows into an elite quarterback the less excited you're going to be, because that was f*cking money.
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[quote name='Marguide' timestamp='1357969671' post='2092011']


Every top QB throws into tight coverage from time to time. Usually it works. Sometimes not. But they all, without exception, do it.
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Yep. You have to be able to beat double coverage, because sometimes you're sending only two or three receivers at five to seven defenders.

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[quote name='TruCatzFan' timestamp='1357970495' post='2092026']
No offense to anyone currently slobbering over that play... But it really wasn't anything special. A simple pitch and catch. The coverage was horrible. Neither defender looked to be within 5 yds of Smitty when he made the catch.

I was expecting some spectacular. I found it to be rather pedestrian and vanilla. I've seen way better throws from Cam on many different occasions

Edit: I'm referring to the OP
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that's an extremely tough throw that requires ridiculous arm strength and accuracy to hit. note how the ball follows a perfect trajectory that arches over the shallow defender and drops into smith's hands in stride. it's a bullseye in a window that's maybe two feet wide.

a weaker pass and it's behind smith and picked off. too much heat and it flies out of bounds in front of steve. slightly inaccurate and it could be either. do you realize how hard it is to make a deep out route look "pedestrian and vanilla"?

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[quote name='Ken' timestamp='1357969937' post='2092015']
Cam has made a lot of perfect throws. When all his mechanics are set he is great. Just needs to be consistent. Of course that comes with experience reps, proper coaching and a scheme designed to take advantage of not just his skill set but the pieces around him(from O-line to WRs)

My favorite throw from Cam actually came last year on another throw to Smitty in a game v Washington. Incredible accuracy.(click to 3:06)

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I love that throw, too. It's a perfect "bucket" throw, where the ball drops right over the safety help. Someone's got explain to me how Smith keeps going down at the 1 yard line, though, haha.

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