Yes he talked about his very good relationship (which Cam described as "Unbelievable") with new OC, Mike Shula. Yes, Cam talked about continuity and expanding the offense (blah blah blah). But he also gave us some insight on what's going on now and may happen next year with his development, Shula and the offense. Hmmmh.
Here are a few tidbits.
“I've been talking to (Shula) and he's been giving me some ideas to think about. I think it's going to be a working process, but at the same time we're going to have fun and take it to higher heights.”
Wow, already a far cry from Chud. Cam seems to be a direct part of this offense. Now, I'll admit, I wasn't thrilled with the Shula pick. But anything that gives Cam more input (unlike Chud for the most of the year), sounds good.
Here's another tidbit from Person:
Newton said he was pleased Chudzinski had the opportunity to become a head coach.
He also said his relationship with Shula was “unbelievable,” and credited the former Alabama coach with helping his development the second half of last season. After a turnover-plagued start to 2012, Newton accounted for 19 touchdowns, with only four turnovers, over the final nine games.
Hmmmh. Okay. Now Newton says/expounds on about this by saying:
“I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he's been coaching me up to do. I don't think it's going to be any different,” Newton said. “I think he's going to coach me even harder, especially with his microphone as far as coaching has gotten a little bit higher. And guys are going to have to listen to him now.
OK, let's hope he does "Coach Cam Harder". Now here is what I think will be the BEST PASSAGE FOR ALL HUDDLER AND PANTHER FANS: First paragraph is Person, then Cam is the next:
During Super Bowl week last year, Newton said he wanted to cut down on his interceptions in his second season. He did – throwing 12 in 2012 after 17 as a rookie. Newton said Friday his goal for his third year is to improve his consistency.
“Let me focus on being consistent in the intermediate game, the quick game, first and second down, controlling those downs before you get to the third downs,” he said. “If you're focusing on those two downs, then you put yourself in better situations come third down.”
Hallelujah! Last year Cam wanted to reduce his turnovers (and he did, even with a poor start). And now he says he wants to work on his consistency, short, slant, intermediate and 2nd down passing game. Wonderful!! We'll listen, look out for that as training camp progresses. Let's hope Cam is as prophetic and determined with his 2013 wish next season, as we was this year?
Cam also provided more insight and clarification on his two rooting interest for the Superbowl than previously:
I left some stuff out. But it was a well written, informative (for this time of year at least) article
As for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, Newton said he's a fan of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick – his roommate at the combine two years ago – but gave the nod to Baltimore and retiring linebacker Ray Lewis.
“I'm rooting for (Kaepernick) as far as individual. But I think the purple and gold is going to do their (thing),” Newton said. “I think it's the year of the Raven. And when I say Raven, I'm putting a 'y' after 'a.' Ray-ven.” OK, that makes more sense now. LOL