Where is the thread? I didn't see one about it. The commentary was during todays game, and Ron Pitts said nobody was really talking about it, also I personally didn't see anything posted about it over the last few weeks.
It was mentioned in today's game thread, but it definitely needs its own thread.
“This team doesn’t have leaders,” veteran wide receiver Steve Smith said flatly when asked about Newton’s leadership.
Rivera said quarterbacks must stay a step ahead of defenses. Athletic quarterbacks can succeed, but only those who become proficient passers emerge as the game’s best. Aaron Rodgers evolved, but Michael Vick has never become an elite passer. Whose career arc will Newton’s more closely resemble?
Not long afterward, he returned to the locker room. Someone tapped him on the shoulder and asked if he truly dislikes some parts of his job as much as it appears. He shrugged. “Depends on how you look at it,” he said before looking away.
Rivera said he believes in Newton’s ability to adapt physically but that Newton doesn’t realize how many people are reading into the way he carries himself.
“Being a quarterback is like getting a loan on a car. There’s fine print,” said Smith, the Panthers’ best wide receiver. “. . . There’s a responsibility, which isn’t fair, but it’s there.”
“I know the mistakes I’ve made,” Smith, 33, said, “and so I’m trying to help a guy not go down the same path.”
Smith said it would be easy to allow a young player to simply wallow in his own disappointments and learn the right way on his own. But Smith said that’s not in his personality. “You can’t allow passive people to be passive,” Smith said.
“At some points and some times in an athlete’s career,” Newton said, “you feel sometimes that you’re in a lose-lose situation. When you pour your heart out and you tell it how it is, then you get condemned.”
Smith said there’s nothing in it for him; he’s nearing the end of his career. But the only team he has played for has plenty at stake. “I would love to see, when I’m done playing, when I’m sitting on the couch, when I’m an official fan, when I’m watching them with my boys — look at Cam,” Smith said. “Look at that man. Not the football player. The man. That’s what’s important to me.”
I still think we're really close, just can't take that next step to finish.
Yeah I do too. They've been in all these games excluding the giant game. They just need to as an offense and defense play a lot better in the last 2 minutes in the four quarter. They could have easily been 6-1. Its growing pains but I believe they've figure it out...this season.