Cam appears to be Michael Vick 2.0. Here's why I say that: he has absolutely divided the Panther fan base, and he has set the team back by being depended on for so much.
Some may remember the Atlanta fan base after Vick was drafted. It became extremely divided: those who were Vick fanboys and those who cared about what was best for the Falcons. Initially, Vick was what was best. He made the team better. He made those around him better. Then, he didn't. He got injured. His lack of passing ability started rearing it's ugly head.
Cam has been the same thing. He made the Panthers better when he arrived. He excited the fans and the team. Now you have Cam fanboys and fans who want what is best for the team. I want what is best for the team. If that's Cam, great. If not, great. Either way, it's getting old seeing the same crap game after game.
Is it coaching? Sure. Is it line play? Yes. Is it also Cam? Absolutely. It is so odd. He has shown the ability to put a team on his back and carry it at Auburn and as a Panther. However, it appears that ability is waning. Is it by choice? Is it due to teammates not being receptive to Cam trying to do that? I don't know, but it's an interesting topic.
Another thing is the almost mismanagement of Cam. His ability has led to an inability of the team: doing anything that doesn't involve Cam. The Panthers have relied too heavily on someone who has, for all intents and purposes, regressed in his on-field and leadership abilities. This needs to change.
I also wonder how much the Steve Smith situation has played into all of this. If things did come down to letting Smith go to allow Cam to be more of a leader, have others on the team "blamed" Cam for having some part in that? I don't know and I doubt anyone here really knows much about that. It's frustrating as all heck as a fan.
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