Cam seems to also be playing a bit more situational football. Forcing a bit when needed, scaling back when it's not. It just seems to me that he is making better choices on a game to game basis.
As far as concerns, forget who it was (Gross maybe) but I remember one player saying they had to kind of keep him from getting too hyped up on the sidelines. Rivera might have said something about that too. That'll be important when he plays his first NFL postseason game as well.
Win or lose, it's indeed possible he'll have a rough first outing. People will pounce if that happens, but they shouldn't. It's not unusual for a young QB in his first pro playoff game.
I think that Cam is making big strides, and if we can get the accuracy dialed in a bit more, he can challenge for one of the top QB spots in the NFL.
People tend to assume when a guy's yards go down it means he's regressing as a QB (Newton's yards per season have gone down both years since his rookie year, as have his total attempts).
That isn't necessarily true.
Sometimes, "dialing it back" is a good thing, and it can be a sign of progress if other things improve. It means he's becoming a true pro QB instead of just a "sling it all over the place" guy. Looking at the overall stats, I definitely think that argument can be made.
(changing coordinators helps too)
Is he still inconsistent? Yes, but not so much as he used to be. And there's one thing that I find especially telling...
Newton's MO during his first two seasons was almost always to start out hot but tail off as the game went on. This season, that's not true anymore. In fact, some of his best moments have been late in games rather than early. That is what you want to see.
Coaching changes? Maturity? Better teammates? Unknown what the biggest factor is. Don't honestly care as long as I see improvement.