Peppers is just a really oddball personalty. I don't know that you can apply the logic of the average person to him because he's just out there. His old teammates - and probably his new ones - would likely all tell you that.
Jake is more of a down to earth "everyman" type, and a lot easier for most folks to understand.
Good thing TD's opinion on what Cam should be doing doesn't matter.
Disagree with you there.
Teammate opinions - especially those of a guy as highly respected as Thomas Davis - most definitely matter.
Fan opinions don't mean jack. Media opinions change based on whether you win or not. But as much as possible, you absolutely want the good will of your teammates, especially if you want to be a leader.
I don't really think Davis was making a big deal of anything, but whatever he does have to say most definitely matters.
Why is Vince Young even in this conversation now again? Nevermind, I'm not even going to touch that.
I think you are minimizing the local media response he receives here. The Hello Kitty idiocy comes to mind.
Bottom line is, he is just a 24 year old guy. If people could get their heads out of their asses and accept it him instead of simply tolerating him. It'd be great. I don't see that happening anytime soon though unfortunately.
Because Vince Young flaked out and let booing fans get to him. That was the start of his downfall. His career is in the toilet in large part because he didn't have the fortitude to handle the pressure.
And now you're suggesting Newton would be justified in leaving the Panthers because local media or a small percentage of the fanbase have negative opinions of him? Sorry, I think that's silly.
Letting negative fan reaction or media affect your game play or your career decisions is a sign of a pretty weak minded, thin skinned person. Add in that it's a ridiculously stupid reason to alter your career path.
That's Vince Young. I don't believe it's Newton. Newton, has in fact, been critical of Young for his behavior.
Newton's highly paid (likely soon to be more so) he's popular, plays on a team that many believe to be on the rise, and is poised to break into the NFL's elite with a solid season. A year from now the world could be his oyster.
If, in the middle of all that, he'd be pissed about what some fans or media types said about him, that'd be pretty pathetic. Why should he give an airborne rodent's buttocks about any of that in his position?
And if he leaves Charlotte, it ought to be for a much better reason than that.
From Armanti's pick to our next pick in the 4th round of that draft (Norwood), we missed a solid quadruplate of TEs (Jimmy Graham, Moeaki, Dennis Pitta, Aaron Hernandez), Navorro Bowman, and Geno Atkins.