The Ron Rivera regime, initially blessed with a gift like Cam Newton has systematically moved away from Newton's strengths in favor of a poorly conceived, sloppily executed offense performing at an increasingly ineffective rate every Sunday.
Team P.R. staffs from time to time send out emails touting the accomplishments of their players. Few such emails raise more eyebrows than the one circulated today by the Panthers.
We all know by now that rookie quarterbackCam Newton is having a special season. The email from the Panthers’ P.R. staff makes clear just how special it has been.
Newton already has set the all-time rookie record for passing yards, with 3,893 and counting. And he has surpassed Peyton Manning’s 3,739 yards in 1998 with 83 fewer attempts. That’s right, 83 fewer attempts.
Several weeks ago, Newton broke the all-time quarterback record for rushing touchdowns. He has 14.
Those 14 rushing touchdowns put him only one score behind a three-way tie for second place in all-time rookie rushing touchdowns. Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, and Ickey Woods each scored 15. (Eric Dickerson holds the record, with 18.)
Combining the 14 rushing touchdowns with 20 passing touchdowns, Newton has shattered the all-time mark for total touchdowns accounted for by a rookie, surpassing the 27 from Charlie Conerly of the Giants in 1948.
We're a very short year plus from Cam dominating the NFL.
The only question is where will Cam be when he re-establishes himself as one of the NFL's best?
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