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#1 jamos14

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:06 PM

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http://espn.go.com/b...r-breakout-year


We haven’t heard much about Cam Newton lately. 

Since early last season, it seems Newton has been overshadowed by a bunch of young quarterbacks. Russell WilsonColin KaepernickAndrew Luck and Robert Griffin III started winning and took a lot of attention off Newton, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011. 

But it would be a huge mistake for anyone to overlook Newton. Call it bouncing back, breaking through or whatever you want, but I’m predicting a big 2013 season from the quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. Yeah, I’ll even step out on a limb and say he has a better 2013 season than Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck and RG III. 

Why? 

Several reasons pop to mind, but let’s start with this -- Newton has more all-around talent than any of those guys. 

Luck can pass nicely, but opposing defenses don’t have to game plan for his running ability. Wilson, RG III and Kaepernick each have some throwing ability, but they aren’t pure pocket passers, and their big 2012 seasons came largely because of their mobility. 

Newton is capable of more than any of those guys, because he’s as mobile as RG III, Kaepernick and Wilson. At the same time, he’s as good a pocket passer as Luck. 

A lot of people think Newton slumped in 2012. But that’s not necessarily true. His numbers were comparable to his rookie season, but his visibility lessened because the Panthers didn’t take the leap many expected. 

They went 7-9 and were largely overlooked. 

But you can’t overlook Newton and the Panthers headed into the 2013 season, and that takes us back to Newton’s rare ability. He is so talented, I don’t think Carolina’s coaching staff really knew how to maximize his ability in his first two seasons. 

For reasons that never have been explained and I sure as heck can’t figure out, the Carolina coaching staff didn’t take advantage fully of what Newton brings or what else was on the roster at the start of last season. 

Although the Panthers had a talented (and very pricey) backfield with DeAngelo Williams,Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, they barely used that trio at the start of last season. Instead, they featured Newton heavily in the read-option early last season. 

In other words, they turned their quarterback into a running back. 

Opposing defenses didn’t have to worry much about Newton’s passing, and that was one of the major reasons the Panthers got off to a 2-8 start. 



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Rob Grabowski/US PresswireA physical running game led by Jonathan Stewart could help quarterback Cam Newton turn the Panthers into a contender next season.

That changed down the stretch. The Panthers got back to using a power running game, and they let Newton be a pocket passer. They won enough games to save coach Ron Rivera’s job. 

Rivera and his staff took notice of what happened late in the season, and that is another reason I think Newton is in for a big season. Rivera has said he wants to rely more heavily on the power running game in 2013. 

In other words, it sounds like the Panthers are going to let their running backs be running backs, and they’re going to let Newton be a quarterback. That sounds to me like a formula for success. 

Carolina is going through a change. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski left to become the head coach of theCleveland Browns, and former quarterbacks coach Mike Shula is taking over the play-calling duties. 

Shula had a reputation for being too conservative when he was the offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay, and the head coach at the University of Alabama. But, like Newton, I think Shula is ready for a breakout season. 

Part of the reason Shula was so conservative in previous stops was because he didn’t have big-time talent at the skill positions. He has that talent now with Newton, the running backs, receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen

I still expect Shula to be a bit more of a traditionalist than Chudzinski, but I think that’s a good thing. He’s going to rely on that running game more, and that’s going to open up the passing game for Newton. 

Newton threw for more than 7,900 yards in his first two seasons. He also rushed for more than 700 yards in each of his first two seasons. 

Newton’s legs are a valuable asset, and the Panthers can’t ignore that. The Panthers can use the threat of Newton’s running skills to keep defenses off balance, but they also need to keep their offense balanced. 

I think they need to adjust things a bit and take an approach similar to what they were using at the end of last season. Scrap the read-option, or at least cut way back on it. Let Newton use his legs to scramble and keep plays alive. 

But, first and foremost, let Newton be a passer. 

There aren’t many quarterbacks in the league with Newton’s arm strength. The Panthers need to play to that strength. 

If they do, Newton won’t be overlooked anymore, and this team could be in the playoffs.

 



#2 jamos14

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:07 PM

I know everyone hates on Pat Y, myself included.  Very rarely does he praise Carolina so I figured this was worth a post.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:07 PM

Wow, for once someone isn't shitting all over us.



#4 pdub0702

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:13 PM

I think this will be a great year for the Panthers (and Newton). With a loaded backfield, it will allow us to run a more traditional offense as cited by the aforementioned article. One thing I would like to see though, is more two TE setups with Barner used for pass catch package.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

not only did they let him be more of a passer the last half of the season. But Cam started figuring out that taking what the defense gives you instead of forcing it is a better option. That's why his TD/INT ration was ridiculously good the last half.  I expect great things from Cam this year.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:20 PM

fuging right.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:21 PM

A mildly intelligent article from ESPN about the Panthers?  Hell freezing over?



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:23 PM

wow...this is gonna get some comments.

Yeah, I’ll even step out on a limb and say he has a better 2013 season than Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck and RG III. 

Why? 

Several reasons pop to mind, but let’s start with this -- Newton has more all-around talent than any of those guys. 

Luck can pass nicely, but opposing defenses don’t have to game plan for his running ability. Wilson, RG III and Kaepernick each have some throwing ability, but they aren’t pure pocket passers, and their big 2012 seasons came largely because of their mobility. 

Newton is capable of more than any of those guys, because he’s as mobile as RG III, Kaepernick and Wilson. At the same time, he’s as good a pocket passer as Luck.

 

i think it's true, though.

 

 



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:24 PM

I just hope our o line improves - that will be key for Cam having a big year.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:25 PM

Those of us who love Cam are going to love this article. Those among us with a more realistic approach are going to say, nothing in that article proves Cam is ready to be THE MAN.


The talent is their. It is up to Shula and Cam to bring it out to its fullest. Once that happens. We are going to be fuuuuun to watch.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

Pat Yasinskis is a fuggin mor......wait, he said something positive? All Hail Pat Y!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:30 PM

The rest of the country isn't going to like an article about us, or Cam, with a positive tone...but I found it enjoyable to read one that praised Newton for his abilities as a QB without falling back on "but we have to rank him low because he pouted some".  I generally think Yasinskas is an ass but I enjoyed reading this article and I hope he's right.

 

For what it's worth, at the very least, he is exactly right about a slightly more traditional approach to the offense than we started last year being good for the team overall and Cam specifically (we saw this late last year).  I'm not as sold on Shula as he is but Shula is who we have so I hope he's wildly successful at it.

 



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:36 PM

Pat Y just discovered its now common place to poo on Cam. The ever contrarian he is, that will not do.

Everyone loves Cam? Pat Y does not

Everyone hates Cam? Pat Y to the rescue!!!

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:36 PM

An informative article by Yasinkas, how refreshing.

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 12:39 PM

Cam has haters man and there are plenty of people around the league who want this guy to fail. Look at the consensus from the national beat writers. I'm surprised ESPN allowed this positive article on our QB to published! 

 

What's really irritating is if we have a successful season and Cam blows up, that Schein doucher (Peter King, too) will write some heart felt article saying how great Cam is and how they "knew all along" that he could be great.

 

I'd hate to see what type of asinine venom those two could spit out if Cam ever throws an interception in a playoff game. 




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