cam is the greatest athlete in the history of sports if he's "coasted on athletic talent" so far or whatever the half-cocked argument du jour is among the mouth breathers at the moment. there was nothing gimmicky about the first drive-you saw a quarterback scanning the field and throwing lasers with pinpoint accuracy like a ten year pro. then the adjustments by the cardinals came, then there were no counter-adjustments made, and a tsunami of mistakes was the result.
manning wasn't truly the manning we know now (passing for a million yards with an outrageous TD:INT ratio every single season like clockwork) until at or around the 2003 season, his sixth as a pro. he "regressed" to something resembling his rookie form in his fourth season with 23 INTs. he's actually playing probably the best he ever has right now, so i don't buy this bullshit that seems to be commonly bandied about that all a quarterback will ever be is on full display in his third season. somebody should tell drew brees.
everybody here including me hates the fuging cowboys but romo is a damn good quarterback and i also fail to see how comparing cam to him is supposed to be some kind of insult.
As an outside I will say it again, Teams don't just focus on QBs. They focus on the team as a whole and their weaknesses. Sure a new QB will surprise them because they new but after a couple of games there are tapes on that person. That is not the Panthers problem When the Panthers fix their weakness or learn to adjust more quickly to them, outside of relying on Cam, u will start seeing wins. It's not rocket scientist stuff.
From what I see week in and out, Cam is playing as good as any of the top young QBs. The problem is, his team isn't playing like the top teams out there.