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Newton Positive? Reed's latest article not too convincing to me for some reason

Yesterday, 02:05 PM

I am sure I'm probably just looking into the state of the team and conjecturing as to Cam's mindset a little too much. And maybe I am suffering from the disconnect between Cam's in-person demeanor and mere words online. Or maybe Reed shouldn't have entitled his article Panthers' Newton Stays Positive Amid Obstacles when it's difficult to be positive about the season for some of us right now.  Or maybe I am just being too pessimistic, and Cam is just too far removed from the sulking young man---with the towel over his head---on the sidelines who was not used to a losing culture. Perhaps he has found a reason to smile about the season because true Panthers fans all know by now that he does not have a fake smile.

 

We all know this season's struggles, blah blah blah.

 

 Still, the fourth-year quarterback smiles when asked about his year.

“It’s been great,” Newton said. “We’re number one in our division.”

 

 

I mean, what else is he supposed to say? The team is under-performing, and he never would have guessed?  Has he lowered his standards on a subliminal level and gotten used to losing in blowout fashion?  I will say this, he has matured to a point where if he is upset that we'll never know.  His professionalism has been spot-on for one who has had to do so much to lead the team to victory.


But Rivera said the last thing he wants is Newton trying to do too much.
 
“It’s not time for him to carry this team, but rather to lead this team like he’s been doing,” Rivera said. “There are other people that need to step more so than anything. Playmakers have to step up and make plays and we’re not getting enough of them.”
 

Newton Knows that.

 

 
 
Does he?  He is giving the right answer I guess...
 
 
“I’m not saying ‘Give me the ball coach and let me run it because I will do it right,'” Newton said. “I’m not saying that. I can’t do it without the other 10 guys.

 

 
But then there is this:
 
“Last Sunday was unacceptable,” Newton said. “It’s my job to make plays and make sure that ship is driving straight.”

 

 
Cam has raised his game and trying to guide the ship, but regardless the ship is taking on water. 

 

Basically, Newton's supporting cast is not doing enough, and Cam does have to carry the team more than he should, and though he is saying the right things, he is still feeling the pressure.  I just wonder what's really going on in his mind, particularly because of  a looming contract, tag or free agency off in the distance.

 

 


Fua Signed

14 October 2014 - 04:14 PM

This time by the Browns, per rotoworld:

 

Browns signed DT Sione Fua.
He's taking the roster spot of Armonty Bryant (knee), who was officially placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Sua appeared in 24 games between 2011-12, but made just five total appearances between the Broncos and Panthers last season. He's mere depth unlikely to make it through the end of the season in Cleveland.
Source: Browns on Twitter Oct 14 - 4:06 PM

 

 

 
 

Warren Sapp: Cam Newton, The Purple Unicorn

12 October 2014 - 10:31 AM

Warren Sapp's nickname for Cam Newton.  Sapp said "He's special!"  

 

How amusing.

 

Sapp, Mooch and Faulk picked Cam over Dalton if they were starting a franchise today. Basically said it's not even close.

 

Warner chose Dalton because of his consistency. However, he had to agree with Cam's ability to rise on the big stage as compared to Dalton


Nicks to Panthers revisited

11 October 2014 - 01:56 PM

With as little of a contribution that Hakeem Nicks is making with the Colts, I've got to think that it has to be going through his mind that this one-year prove-it deal up in Indy isn't working quite like "the right situation" that he envisioned. 

 

For Nicks' part, he recently said, "I still view myself as the best receiver in the league."  

 

Surely he doesn't believe that he'll get paid $4mil next year with his current production, no matter how he's talking.  It just makes me wonder what really went on with his visit down here.  I've been able to catch a couple of Colts games this year, and it's not like Nicks is looking bad, but he still is fourth on the totem pole for targets from Luck (my, what a luxury).  

 

Well, it's not like either he or G-man (who did offer a contract), shut the door on a Nicks return to Charlotte, and Nicks' production should warrant some type of modest number.  Do you think either side will take another look?  And do you believe that he could help this offense playing opposite of KB?

 

Of course Nicks may just decide to go to the highest bidder (which may just be Indy if he helps them to the dance).


Playbook on NFLN: A worrisome defensive stat

11 October 2014 - 02:58 AM

I had never even heard of Playbook, and probably would have switched had it been for a Panthers segment being on when I turned the TV on.  Billick highlighted one disparity between last year and the first 5 games this year.  Billick said our defense was first in defensive efficiency for the opposition scoring TDs in the red zone last year. Well, I couldn't find the exact metrics he was using, but I did find a site that provides rankings which stated we were number three in 2013. You want to take a guess where we are through the first five games this year according to Billick and teamrankings.com (lots of team stats)?

 

You got it: dead last.

 

 


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