I think you're trying to hold Cam to some ridiculous standard as well as underestimating the incredible amount of variables on any given play. Many "bad" plays aren't nearly as cut and dry as people try to make them.
Even an educated football analyst has to make up their best guess or just invent a reason why a play doesn't work as intended.
The standard is high but that's what he's meant to be right? Do you draft a guy #1 overall and sign him to a huge new deal to be a good but not great QB.
The future looks bright for Newton, but I'm not sure if it's going to brighten up soon enough for him to take the Panthers deep into the playoffs.
The question, wasn't whether or not "he's elite (whether he actually is or isn't)". It was your point about his two or three throws a game. That was hogwash.
Whether he wins in New Orleans or not, it may not stop those 2-3 shows you don't like (or many times his receivers screwing up, but the broadcaster blames it on Cam); so will he still be elite if he wins???????
if he plays like he's been playing I wouldn't consider him elite. Our defense has been carrying the team so far.
Newton in a sense also carries the team and deserves MVP consideration. He provides a huge boost to the run game and then helps turn many sacks into crazy gains with a scramble, then he's one of the best short yard options in football. A certain MVP candidate.
I'm certainly a Newton supporter. But his flaws are so clear and while he's getting better it hasn't really been a "lightbulb" kind of moment.