This is year 3 of the Cam Newton era. He is STILL making the EXACT same mistakes he made game 1 of his rookie year(bad footwork leading to overthrowing of receivers). Notice that nearly every single pass is to the sideline, identical to the majority of plays that we called the last two years. We wonder why there are no quick drop offs or 3 step drops and it comes down to Cam's short to intermediate accuracy(look at the failure of most of our screen plays, it comes from inaccuracy throwing the ball to the runningback causing the back to stop to make sure they catch it, while the blockers move forward leaving an opening to easily tackle the rb for a 0-1 yard gain)
Pressure from the pocket isn't Cam's problem. It is Cam. He has no problem buying time, the problem is he goes full Jamarcus Russell sometimes and cannot hit the broad side of a barn. I love Cam, but damn man. I would say the running backs need a decent oline way more than Cam does.
I definitely think it is time to worry, but it is not the end of the world. Yes Cam looked extraordinarily inaccurate, and yes the offensive line got absolutetly wrecked by one of the worst defenses in the league. But it is the preseason and they can get better, people oftentimes bring up the "well we did not have a gameplan" when it comes to the preseason, yet they do not realize that it makes this significantly worse. That means that our guys got straight up beat by theirs, at nearly every position on both sides of the ball.
But we will get better. The real question however, is how much better and how much in the end will it matter? If it takes us until week 8 to get halfway decent and we are sitting at 1-6 then at that point it does not matter. Every great team is at least halfway decent in the preseason.
Who remembers 2008? Our running game was STUPID in the preseason, and guess what? It was stupid in the regular season. You remember 2011? 2012?.....
It is the burden of a leader. You get all the accolades for success and all the blame for failures. The failure of this team to play well or do anything meaningful at any point during the season prior to us being eliminated from playoff contention is on him.
Did Rivera skip the ball in the end zone at the end of the game? No. Did he fumble the ball against Atlanta? No. But every decision he made during the course of those games, particularly the calls for coverage at the end of the Atlanta game allowing them to get into field goal range from the ONE YARD LINE in under a minute are all on him. One play does not lose you the game, piss poor coaching leading up to that single play is what loses you the game.
You guys are pretty ridiculous, maybe if the players ACTUALLY DID THEIR JOB!!!! you wouldn't have to worry about the refs screwing you. EVERYONE in the NFL has to deal with bad calls, we are no different.
While watching NFL Playbook Baldinger brought up a good point, the read option eliminates any options the runningbacks have once they get the ball. It has turned all of our runningbacks into the exact same back(one cut and go). It has eliminated all potential cutbacks and outside runs, not to mention the back never actually knows if they are going to get the ball so it creates hesitation.
Probably explains why Stewart has had more success in this scheme than Deangelo, as one of Deangelo's greates strengths is vision, and it becomes moot in this system.