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#1555646 Panthers Cool With Cam's Comments

Posted by fieryprophet on 08 December 2011 - 08:17 PM

He shouldn't have given one in the first place. He obviously haven't learnt how our media operate. Especially when it comes to certain players in the NFL.

Dude, please stop with the loaded comments in regards to Cam. This isn't a race thing, it's a media thing because they need the ratings. Cam's interviewer was black, and as a white dude I LOVED Cam's remarks.

The color of his skin only matters to trolls and idiots, I'm much more concerned with the fire within in him, and how awesomely bright it is.

#1553539 Reaction to Cam's comments

Posted by fieryprophet on 07 December 2011 - 10:27 AM

I just wonder how much money/winning is going to keep him here.

OK, again, why would Cam ever want to leave a team that:

- Overlooked all the trash surrounding him in the draft, taking what was seen as a franchise-killing chance on him despite heavy criticism from the media

- Designed an offensive system that accentuates his many abilities and had him lead it from the first snap

- Has made him the face of the franchise and talked him up repeatedly to the media

- Would be a winning team in his first year if not for injuries

- Isn't all that far from his hometown so friends and family can still visit him

- Has shown a willingness to spend big on homegrown talent, and has a great track record of hanging on to its stars (Pep being the exception, and frankly, we had someone right behind him ready to step up)

- Is already mentioned as a premium destination for free agents because of him?

He has no reason to leave here, no desire to leave here, and unless he is completely oblivious to the world around him should be very aware that he landed in an excellent organization and situation that has an extremely bright future. We may have been a bad team last year, but we are not devoid of talent or coaching. The margin for wins and losses in the NFL has less to do with talent than execution anyways.

Face it, we're stuck with Cam for a looooong time ;D

#1549786 Swag

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 December 2011 - 02:29 AM



Tebowing is a fad. Swag is forever.

#1545068 Put Cam Back On the Cover of NFL: The Magazine!

Posted by fieryprophet on 02 December 2011 - 11:27 AM


I've already contacted Kevin LaForce (the VP in charge of the mag) and Roger Goodell through email, and LaForce is supposed to return my phone call later today. Be courteous, but insistent.

The petition doesn't mention Cam because getting rid of The Golden Calf of Bristol will be impetus enough to put Cam back on it, hopefully.

I care about this greatly because I ordered a two-year subscription based on receiving a collectors' edition of the inaugural issue with Cam on the cover, and this bait-and-switch infuriated me.

#1543449 Inside the Play: Cam Newton to Steve Smith

Posted by fieryprophet on 01 December 2011 - 02:44 AM


I decided to write up my own breakdown of the post route throw Cam made against Indy to Steve Smith for 30 yards, mostly in an effort to highlight ways in which his passing ability has been severely understated. I hope you guys find it informative.

This is the first time I've tried something like this, so. . .

#1541272 Guz Malzhan's Wife <3's Cam Newton

Posted by fieryprophet on 29 November 2011 - 04:34 PM

Starts six minutes in. . .lol.

One crazy chick. . .

#1529064 A Little Perspective

Posted by fieryprophet on 20 November 2011 - 05:16 PM

I was actually pleased with the effort today, we just got gassed at the end.

Cam is pressing a little, he will have to learn that you can't force yourself to victory in the NFL, as much as he would like to. I was actually glad to see his demeanor had opened up a bit even after the loss, he really has to take some pressure off of himself. You only get one rookie season, with all of the builtin excuses and learning to be done, he should soak it in and develop first, worry about the wins second. Now, a big positive is that part of his regression is due to teams basically focusing solely on stopping him now, so he's being force-fed a doctorate in quarterbacking right now. As long as he continues to respond and improve over time, the game will slow down and he can revert to imposing his will.

We may have found a couple of good players, Keiser was making plays everywhere, Keohola gave us our first special teams highlight of the year, and all of our linebackers are gaining experience.

This has been a lost season since the Minnesota game, so there's nothing wrong with taking a long-term view about the players and how the team responds. I was very encouraged that after last week's shellacking they went into a much better team's house and opened strongly. The end was depressing, but frankly Detroit played like they needed the game more (which they did.)

We'll get back into the win column next week against Indy and continue to play spoiler this year. Cam will take his lumps against teams desperate for wins, but come out much better for it. The defense will get healthy, with the bonus of improved backup experience, and we'll get a high draft pick to boot.

Finally, if you're going to have a bad year, this is the year to do it. The veteran teams are all trying to catch Green Bay, and if by some miracle we made it to the playoffs we wouldn't have the talent to go anywhere.

It's still a great time to be a Panther fan, we are in the early stages of building an excellent team.

#1512881 Funny Apology to Cam

Posted by fieryprophet on 11 November 2011 - 12:59 AM

I'm going to shut up about the racial stuff, it seems like the more I hope it goes away the more it comes up. Frankly, I dislike all stereotypes. The latest NBA champion superstar is a white German, the latest superstar pocket-passing QB is black, the world is normal.

#1511401 Fantastic Cam Highlight Video

Posted by fieryprophet on 09 November 2011 - 09:54 PM

Made by a Patriots fan too.

As a matter of fact, I don't know if any of you guys realize just how many fans Cam is garnering from other teams. On reddit's /r/nfl, the Dalton vs. Newton thread was both overwhelmingly pro-Newton, and 90% of the Newton defenders were not Panther homers. There were even a few Bengals fans among them.

#1510819 Newton-to-Smith Producing Magic

Posted by fieryprophet on 09 November 2011 - 12:55 PM

Great article from Sporting News:


Quick summary:

Pick a throw.

Any throw.

Newton can make it.

And Smith can catch it.

#1510344 Great Video of Cam Speaking to Schoolkids

Posted by fieryprophet on 09 November 2011 - 12:11 AM

This event was held in Atlanta during the bye week (last Friday I think.)

Cam starts about 2 minutes in, speaks about his motivation to play football, then answers questions from the kids. You can tell he has practice with dealing with children, because he has them play a clapping game to calm them down so he can talk. Has a few LOL moments, as well.

#1509550 Story of the Season: Cam

Posted by fieryprophet on 08 November 2011 - 03:50 PM

Two NFL.com analysts think that Cam Newton has been the biggest story of the season so far.


Jason La Canfora

Cam Newton looks like he has the potential to be a truly special quarterback, with a combination of skills I'm not sure we've ever seen before.

He's doing things that Michael Vick can't do now, physically, and that Vick wasn't astute and dedicated enough to do early in his career. Newton is a one-man army who has lifted a previously moribund offense -- one without a flicker of hope beyond the running backs for years -- into one of the most dynamic, attacking vertical units in the game.

He is having the greatest rookie quarterback season ever, by a shocking margin, and what could end up being one of the best in the history of the game for any quarterback when you look at all the metrics like running average, rushing touchdowns, etc. And he's doing it despite all the pressure and the undue criticism and the fact he had precisely one year of starting experience in big-time college football.

He is already a difference-maker, just a half-season in, and he will be a franchise changer very quickly.

Jeff Darlington:

For months during the locked-out offseason, quarterback Cam Newton's potential resonated as the polarizing discussion before and after the draft. Questions were asked -- and they've now been answered. In just nine weeks, Newton poured water on a fire that sparked out of wonder about his ability. Would he be accurate enough? Smart enough? Focused enough? Just because he answered each of those questions with a resounding "yes" doesn't mean we should dismiss his success as anything less than phenomenal.

Newton still hasn't won enough games, but he has invigorated a locker room (see: Steve Smith). I don't want to dismiss what Aaron Rodgers has done in Green Bay, but I expect his second half of 2011 to earn him plenty of attention. For now, this first half belongs to Newton, who has surpassed even the highest expectations many established for him.

#1505221 Mike Mayock Talks Cam Newton

Posted by fieryprophet on 06 November 2011 - 01:47 AM

1. I'm quite sure he will be able to make NFL quality throws at the next level. However, 50 yards downfield, on a laser? No. He'll rarely have to, however. And floating is not touch. If he has to throw with such finesse at the NFl level cornerbacks will be dancing for joy, because unlike the Pac-12, most teams have cornerbacks that can actually cover and recover on slow throws. And he does have a few slowballs a game.

2. I absolutely disagree. His pocket presence is average, at best. He often slides sideways rather than stepping up, and any pressure up the middle usually sends him running. He has great ability to set his feet even when he's out of position, but it is not the same as working from a muddy pocket.

3. The announcers typically get their assessments of what is going on completely wrong, doesn't matter who they are breaking down. I know what I've seen, and I've watched a lot of Andrew Luck. He's ahead of the vats majority of college QB's, but putting him anywhere near the level of Peyton Manning or Tom Brady is ludicrous. He may grow into that, but I simply don't see anything that would be the bare minimum of achievement for a serviceable NFL backup. For one thing, he's rarely faced with competent defenses, and about the only thing he manages to distinguish between is man/zone coverage. That is not high-level NFL quarterbacking, merely great college quarterbacking.

I just find it funny that so many here are so insecure that they need to try and minimize just how good Luck is. The reality is that he is as advertised, but that in no way takes away from Cam or means that we missed out. In fact, I see those two being the Brady/Manning of their generation...six of one half dozen of the other. Whoever gets Luck is going to be a very happy team, just like we're very happy with Cam.

Don't play the "minimizing" angle on Luck. I call it exactly as I see it, and right now, I see hype. Hype based on a LOT of good potential, but hype nonetheless. I take the opinion that every single prospect has a more than 50% chance of failing at the next level, no matter who they are. So don't pull that bullpoo.

What has happened with Luck is that a very good college QB, with around 5-10% better skillset than most high level college QBs, has aroused a lot of scouting and fan hype just because that difference looks so much better compared to the typically poor quarterbacking skills of most college QBs. But at the NFL level, even the bums would dominate at the college level if they were sent back down, because they've had to adapt to a faster game with much smaller windows.

I will be completely honest: the more people say that he is a "can't-miss" prospect, the more I want to find a prop bet that let's me bet he'll be a flop. Not because of anything he's done, but because I long ago learned to dismiss groupthink, particularly when it filters down to the masses. Everyone said Cam would struggle, couldn't work from a pocket, and would destroy the franchise. When's the last time a "can't-miss" prospect actually dominated? Frankly, I don't even see Peyton Manning has having truly fulfilled his potential, considering his only Super Bowl came against a overachieving Bears team.

#1504950 Mike Mayock Talks Cam Newton

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 November 2011 - 10:07 PM

I wish nothing but the best for Luck and much of the hype is genuine and deserved. He's that good, right now. I don't think for a minute that he shunned us or any other of these other pety, pity me theories.

I was driving the Luck bandwagon and he has everything you look for, but Cam is my man now and he has the things that you can't account for, for the things you can't teach. Cam doesn't have the X factor, he is the X factor.

Mayock, for my money, is the best in the business. His questions about Cam gave always been character related and he still hasn't answered those questions yet but I believe he will.

I don't get the obsession with wanting Luck to fail, but it's pretty stupid. We should be wishing him well because if he did declare for the draft we wouldn't have the phenom we have under center now.

I hope Luck does well, but something that irks me is that the kid does have some very clear flaws that don't get mentioned due to draftniks not wanting to upset some sort of hypewagon:

1.) His arm strength is good, but not elite. This is what Simms was addressing that everyone seemed to think meant that Luck couldn't throw it deep, even though he can. It's not that Luck can't throw deep, it's that he can't throw deep with speed. The ball typically floats.

2.) His offensive line is elite, but he still tends to bail on the pocket even when the pressure isn't there. Everyone remarks about his scrambling and ability to throw on the run, but frankly, we shouldn't see this as often as we do. His pocket presence still needs work.

3.) He doesn't read defenses anywhere near as advertised. I've watched a lot of his footage, and there are a lot of wide open players catching his passes, and a lot of instances where he locks onto his first read. His pick-six against USC was a perfect example of where he locked onto his read and telegraphed the throw with his eyes. People confuse the pro-style scheme he operates as meaning he can diagnoses defenses, when the reality is that he plays terrible defensive teams and the scheme puts his best players into good physical matchups.

Someone needs to upset the Luck apple cart a little bit more, because the kid is being set up to fail. There's no way he's going to be able to immediately produce on Peyton Manning's level, yet everyone is acting like the Colts can just plug him in and return to their previous form, which is utterly ludicrous and just places unnecessary pressure on the kid.

#1504657 Mike Mayock Talks Cam Newton

Posted by fieryprophet on 05 November 2011 - 07:54 PM


Relevant details:

"I had Cam Newton as my second quarterback last year, after Blaine Gabbert," Mayock said. "I didn’t have any problem with Cam Newton as a passer or an athlete. I was at his pro day. I watched every tape he had. He is a natural thrower of the football. Did he have some accuracy glitches that showed up from time to time? Yes. But every young quarterback does. My issue with him was a broader issue, which has to play out over the next two or three years. Is he a mature enough kid that he is going to embrace this thing on a day to day basis and grind it out and want to be the best quarterback in the league? If that’s the case, then he will be the best quarterback in the league when it is all said and done because he is that gifted. But this I want to be an entertainer and an icon and all that kind of stuff – we all blew that out of proportion a little bit. That was kind of the tip of the iceberg to me. What was below that? Do I get a kid with the intangibles of a Peyton Manning or do I get a kid who is more interested in staying out and being an entertainer? That’s going to have to play out over two or three years. I’m so impressed with him right now, I can’t even begin to tell you."

Mayock said he has a role as an instructor at a passing academy run by Peyton Manning , so he has seen Luck in that setting as well as games.

"This kid has a passion for the game, great work ethic and he is gifted," Mayock said. "He has all three of the things you are looking for. Now I think Cam Newton throws the ball a little bit more naturally. But I think Luck is more accurate right now. It all has to play out. We are all getting carried away with Andrew Luck right now. But because he checks off all the boxes, everybody is excited."

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