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Cam Back in the Spotlight

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You are right that the media is using/intends to use "redemption" as their key theme for Cam stories now.

But thats bullshit and simple CYA by them since the only poo that ever needed to be "redeemed" was poo created whole cloth by themselves.

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The only thing the national sports media likes more than tearing a player down is building him back up again.

 

Case in point... Cam Newton.

 

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During Cam's entire career the national media has enjoyed labeling Newton the villain. From towels on his head to his chosen jersey number, the media has treated Cam like a punching bag. Some of this was fueled by Cam's decision not to give interviews his rookie season. Some fueled by out and out journalistic laziness... See the Forbes helmet clip article for example.

 

One thing is for sure, however. Almost none of the negative attention was deserved.

 

Fast forward to 2013 and the current state of the Panthers quarterback. Cam Newton has the NFL's best passer rating of 130.3 over the past three weeks.

 

In his past 16 games, he has 3,720 yards, 27 TDs, 9 INTs.

 

Those are franchise numbers.

 

The result in the national media has been a turning of the negativity tide. Where once was a story of ego and arrogance now is a tale of redemption. Attitudes towards Cam are changing and with it brings added attention to the Panthers on a national stage.

 

Actually, Cam did give interviews during his draft and Rookie season. But what was realized was, the intention by many in our media to try and spin everything he said and did into something negative to feed their already created "villian" image of him.

 

Don't blame him one bit for not wanting to participate in the immature world that is now our media.

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Dalton at times has a noodle arm but even he can't fail with Green and Eifert as his targets. Bernard is keeping pressure off of him too.

Bloody hell, it makes me so envious.

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Dalton at times has a noodle arm but even he can't fail with Green and Eifert as his targets. Bernard is keeping pressure off of him too.

Bloody hell, it makes me so envious.

 

My three top QBs from the 2011 draft were Dalton, Cam and Locket.

 

You're right! Dalton does have his moments just like Cam, but it's clear he has real "go to" guys that can bail him out when he's having a bad game. Cam clearly doesn't have that with the Panthers.

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 G-Man, you've got your franchise QB. Now, build around him for christ's sake. He needs a stud receiver, a stud tight end and two new tackles. Work your magic!

 

Quietly, Jordan Gross is having a really fine year.

 

I think we can maybe hold off on one of the tackles until the following year. Jordan has repeatedly said he has no interest in being part of any other organization. Offer him any kind of reasonable deal and keep him on board awhile longer.

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Quietly, Jordan Gross is having a really fine year.

 

I think we can maybe hold off on one of the tackles until the following year. Jordan has repeatedly said he has no interest in being part of any other organization. Offer him any kind of reasonable deal and keep him on board awhile longer.

 

His play has not dropped yet, pretty impressive for the big man. I agree, re-sign em, he's a HUGE locker room presence too. Where do you draft LT's? Above 15. Doesnt look like we're gonna be picking that close to the top.

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I wanted to draft bowers #1 overall lol

I was still sticking with pickles, given his circumstances...

About ten minutes before our pick, they were saying were gunna pick cam.

Put my headphones in and watched the "all the above" cam video on youtube. Gave me goosebumps knowing this guy was going to.be on our team. And i ended up happy we drafted him. He blew my expectations out of the water

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Is it me, or has UA done a horrible job marketing him this year? 

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i like to think that primetime game on thursday did a lot for national perception, especially during the post-game interview. i don't think it's possible to come out of that disliking cam (unless you're a fan of an NFCS foe, in which case

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There have been little signs this year that Cam is at a higher level. He ran for a touchdown against the Giants. He did the superman as always but then he gave out this primal roar, his entire body shaking. It was a genuine display of emotion. He was a man possessed. When the fight broke out vs the Rams you could really see Cam take control of his team. He took control of the stadium. It wasn't the stadium he plays at 8 games a year, it was HIS stadium. When the Panthers rolled the Bucs Cam went on the set of Thursday Night Football. He said this is the most fun he has ever had as a Panther and he's doing it with his teammates. Cam is at career lows in rushing yardage and passing yardage but he's the happiest he's ever been because the team is playing well.

 

I've been really pleased with Cam the person this season. It really feels like he's buying in.

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