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CMC, not Cam, is the face of the Franchise

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You see him everywhere now. CMC is now the face of the franchise.  Not to mention he is an absolute stud.

Buckle up, because I am going to speak some truth. Disclaimer, I am a Cam fan, true and true.

Cam has been a lightning rod for criticism even before he hit the league.  Maybe it’s because he came from the SEC, and he plays in SEC country. He is very eccentric in the way he talks, dresses, and acts.  He is an odd dude (not that that’s a bad thing).  He has made some questionable comments which have gotten him in trouble, and he spent his first couple of seasons pouting at the mic after losing games.  

These are all things we, as fans, put up with and see beyond.  Again, most of the knocks he gets from people outside of the Panthers org/fan base are just because they don’t understand/accept him.

This thread isnt about trashing Cam, because I stand behind him.  Its an observation that our QB, in the prime of his career, has taken the back seat in regards to being the face of the Panthers.

Is it a good thing? Does it take pressure off him (he has carried a lot on his shoulders)?  Is it a bad thing?  He seems to relish as the center of attention.  I don’t know!  What I do know is I’m happy to have both of these guys.

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Face of the franchise CMC? 

Hell Steve Smith is still probably more the face of the franchise than CMC.  

CMC is not seen any more than Luke.  

It would be at least semi debatable if you were saying Luke. 

Everyone I know,all the talking heads, etc talk about Cam first.   CMC is just a weapon.  Will that change?  Who knows.  

But to say CMC is the face of the franchise?  thats a  no go. 

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I'm not a Cam fan but this is a bit of a stretch and Cam is still the face of the franchise.  CMC is no doubt a stud and I'm happy to see him getting all the well deserved attention. 

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Little early to say that. Given their respective ages though (and Newton's health issues) you can probably expect it to shift in that direction at some point.

The NFL certainly likes McCaffrey. They've featured him in something like three commercials this year, including the recent NFL 100 ad.

Caveat, though. McCaffrey isn't yet locked up long term. We're only really guaranteed three more years, and if he continues his current level of production keeping him is going to be expensive.

it's not inconceivable he could wind up being the face and some other franchise.

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Not being the face of an inconsistent and underwhelming franchise would be a gift to any of the 'losers' in this contest. I nominate Gano because he best represents the current state of the franchise.

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The Panthers game against the Ravens featured tens of thousands of fans in Panthers jerseys, and 90% of them wore Luke jerseys. I think I saw three or four CMC jerseys and about 50 Cam ones. Otherwise they were all Luke, other than my buddy -- who wore a Jake jersey -- and me, in my Charles Johnson jersey

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running backs are only the faces of franchises with bottom ten quarterbacks 

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12 minutes ago, Carl Spackler said:

The Panthers game against the Ravens featured tens of thousands of fans in Panthers jerseys, and 90% of them wore Luke jerseys. I think I saw three or four CMC jerseys and about 50 Cam ones. Otherwise they were all Luke, other than my buddy -- who wore a Jake jersey -- and me, in my Charles Johnson jersey

Valid, though worth noting that Kuechly has health concerns of his own.

If he stays healthy and if he signs long term (neither of which are guaranteed) McCaffrey will outlast Luke as a Panther as well.

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3 minutes ago, PhillyB said:

running backs are only the faces of franchises with bottom ten quarterbacks 

You don't think Tomlinson was more the face of the Chargers than Rivers?

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