There is no question that our defense folded in some games quicker than a 5 dollar lawn chair. And It surely wasn't Cam's fault more than others. But he is not a great last second hero rallying the team in the last 2 minutes of the game. And that is almost becoming commonplace.
You must must mean WIN GAMES in the 4th quarter?
Cause Cam has brought the team back many times during the 4th quarter the past two years, just to watch the defense (no matter what they were rated at the time), cough up the lead for the Panthers to lose the game, such as Chicago, 2nd Tampa Bay and the 1st Atlanta game this year. And there were others. The Panthers should be at least 10-6 now, from those three games alone.
Did you know that during 6 of Andrew Luck's 4th quarter comeback/game winners (one was a 50+ yd FG), the offense turned the game over to the defense with 2-6 min left and watched them hold the lead, no matter how poorly rated they were at the time or to end the season? That's what helps a QB more than anything/stats. It's situational defense when it counts!
Not that Newton played every 4th quarter great (nobody does). However, he certainly made enough comebacks and gained the lead often enough, his first two seasons, but never got the defense to hold up their end of the bargain during plenty of games when it really counted.
I have confidence that he has the ability to do anything he wants to do. The question is whether he has the confidence to do it. Whether he has the confidence like Ryan did when he rallied the falcons against us the first time.