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The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:11 am

OPENING HIT: Remember when many fans and media said Cam Newton was going to be an arrogant toad in the NFL? He made some immature statements about being an iconic-entertaining-Academy-award-w
inning thespian. Sure, that was dumb. But have you seen and heard Newton lately?

He was interviewed following his first preseason game and when asked to evaluate his performance said: "I can do better." Teammates, I'm told, love him. He's been professional, hard working and, yes, a leader. These are tough days for the Cam Newton haters.

Now, it's early. Many quarterbacks look solid after one preseason game of playing against future UPS drivers. But if you're a Carolina fan, despite Newton's early career hour, this is still encouraging. Mainly because Newton hasn't resembled what so many thought he'd be--even this early.

Newton will need to improve accuracy (as do lots of young throwers) but considering he basically had two weeks of practice and outplayed Jimmy Clausen (who threw a pick six) his game against the Giants wasn't bad at all.

What Newton brings most now is confidence and the Panthers are a team that needs a massive injection of that.

ONLY SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS ME: At one point two different television networks were both claiming they broke news on a free agent wide receiver.

Osi Umenyiora: Just hurry up and sign. Or don't. Or do. Just do one or the other. Thanks.

LAST WORD: What are the Patriots doing? I'll be exploring this in the next few days but these are strange times in New England.

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Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:37 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

@Davethepanther1 - Barring injuries, you think Carolina will be in the hunt?  I think that the only way that is possible is with injuries; Injuries to Josh Freeman, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan most notably.

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:09 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Cam newton has more accuracy than you give him credit for. From what I saw of him in the game, he is throwing accurate enough, meaning he is putting the ball where only the receiver can catch it. I don't know if you have seen any Steve smith highlights, but he can catch about anything thrown away from defenders. I still believe that the panthers will do well this year because of their running game

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:25 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Instead of looking at stats, haters, go back and watch the game. He passes the eye test. Of all the bad throws he had, his great throws out-weighed them. His 42% completion percentage isn't the story here. His 8 completions for over 100 yards is. He led the team down the field twice for scores. Albeit, they were field goals, but give him those opportunities all game and the TDs will come. Give him his first-team offense and those field goal drives might have been TD drives with Steve Smith and Jeff Otah in the game. Of all the criticism thrown at him this past off-season, the one that gets me is when people said that he looks one directiong and if he isn't open, he runs. Well, that was squashed this week because he didn't take off once. NOT ONCE! He made defensive linemen miss a few times, but his second-team OL let two or three other guys make the sack. I'm telling you, he definitely passed the eye test so far. It is still early, but he's been proving the critics wrong all off-season, Not a leader? "His teammates love him." Immature? A little, but not in a bad way, he's just 22 years old. Snaps under center? Not one fumbled snap with the second-team. Can't read defenses? Can't tell yet, but he isn't afraid to throw the long ball at all. Runs too much? Answered that already. Bad work-ethic? Never understood that one. Dude showed up early to practice the same day he had to be in D.C. for Auburn's White House visit. In fact, I read that he left the White House and went straight back to practice in Carolina. I just can't wait for all the haters to scramble around looking for more things to criticize him for. The way it looks, I may not have to wait much longer.

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:55 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Actually Sunshinesmith, Newton threw two balls that were dropped by widerecievers and he through another ball out of bounds cause he was being pressured. Plus he was playing with our second string wr's and they had a hard time seperating from the db's

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 11:10 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

ooh yes! how do i like him now... that 42% completion rate was utterly stellar. isn't "bad AT ALL"? no dude, 42% is bad. this isn't fg% in basketball that we're talking about here.  

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:28 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

I too am at the mercy of AFN but have access to information I need to follow this team as close as I can.

Your J. Russell, R. Leaf, Vince Young comparison isn't hate? OK, if you say so. Clearly implying the Newton will fall into that category.

Disgruntled S. Smith and this comes from? Oh yeah, Steve Smith sold his house so he wants out of Carolina, or S. Smith asked for a trade. Yet S. Smith said 2 or 3 weeks ago he wanted to retire a Panther. So if he wants to retire a Panther how is that disgruntled? Once again, finding Tidbits of false information TO HATE.

How did you put it "decent" OL yet one of the few teams with 2 Pro Bowlers on their squad and another that should be. Most outlets say Carolina Offensive line is one of their strengths.

Olsen won't be a factor in this offense?  Do you know what school he went to?  Do you know who was the Offensive Coordinator at that school?  Do you know who Made Greg Olsen a 1st round draft choice? Rod Chudzinski.. Does that name sound familiar? If it does then you would know your comment about Olsen not being a factor would be grossly underestimated. OR just blatant HATE.

Every category you mention is Negative. Nothing to suggest remote improvement. Oh wait I am wrong you said Carolina would improve from 2-14 to 5-11. Why such small steps? I guess since Atlanta did it a few years ago and Tampa Bay last year. It is impossible for a Third team to get it right from the NFC South. AND STILL you do not address the Lame Duck coach or his offensive coordinator in any part of your discussion, I mean OPINION. As if that wasn't a factor AT ALL in the 2-14 season.

While you aren't screaming negatives that Cam Newton Sucks or Carolina Blows your total lack of knowledge or respect for the Panthers is showing HATE. When you spout off and say something you know nothing about you are hating. I still haven't figured what you base your opinion on. Other than a blind, uneducated, watercooler discussion take on the Panthers.

I do find it funny that my OPINION as you so call it is an "unfetterred admiration" "FAN-atic" while yours is just an opinion. 

Yes I am a HOMER, but a Well Educated Homer, but I am also very realistic and know far more than alot of people of what Carolina has on their team and what their potential is.  And when I spout off my opinion I can at least back it up with some solid reasons why I believe the way I do.


Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:36 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Well  Davethepanther, we can agree to disagree, and we will indeed wait and see about Carolina.  For what it's worth though, you might make a distinction between HATERS and people with different opinions.  I've nothing against Carolinia as a team; nothing particularly for them either.  I don't have regular access to the Charlotte media, so I might not have the depth of day-to-day knowledge or singular focus on all things Panther that you do, but I am by no means bound to the ESPN/NFL network line--in fact, it may shock you to know that I don't watch ESPN or even own a television.  (I watch games at the local AFN station, so we get what we get right now, and on-line where possible.)

Hater? Nope.  Homer? If you say so.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 6:25 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Schildkrotte... You seem to be an intelligent individual but far FAR from knowing anything about the Carolina Panthers.   Not once did you mention the real reasons for the 2-14 season not even remotely addressing it.  You would rather put it as a bad team.  Your choice but hardly based on knowledge.  While you claim my "unfettered admiration" makes me a FAN-atic.  I am in fact closer to the truth than you are.

You show your hatred, whether intentional or not,by listing JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and the head case Vince Young.  You imply Cam Newton can only be one of these QB.  Why didn't you include Matt Ryan, Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman?  Why because you either want or believe Newton is the former rather than the latter.

Cam Newton doesn't have to be great with this team and you know it.  The offensive line has two 2010 Pro Bowlers, and under appreciated LG Wharton, RG Schwartz who filled in quite well at RT last year and Otah (the Mauler) back to his former self at RT.  This is nearly the same Offensive line that produced two 1200 yd rushers.  The first of its kind in NFL History.  Hardly decent more like Well Above average.  Actually name me a better line. (I am sure your true colors will show now)  You don't think that Olsen will open things up for S. Smith?  Well kind of follows your hater logic. YOU KNOW, Nothing going to make them better.  hahahaha  Good luck getting others to believe that theory. Olsen will have a Pro Bowl Season with the Panthers. MARK IT DOWN!!!! While #2 WR is in question I do believe Carolina has the talent on this roster to fill it well.  Whether LaFell, Naame or Edwards.  Someone is going to fill that void.  I would love to see anyone defend Carolina with S. Smith #1, A. Edwards#2 and K. Pilares in the Slot with Greg Olsen at TE. You say WHO?  Watch and See.  Soon you will be scrambling to add them to your Fantasy team.

Once again, you fail to address the real reason behind 2-14.  That is your hater mentality.

While you are correct most teams are talented with former college stars,  Carolina has done well in the draft (for the most part)  RB goes 3-4 deep, QB 3 Deep ( Yes Clausen will be a fine backup) (Anderson a great insurance policy if Newton and Clausen go down) TE 3 Deep.  OL Solid with 3 solid interchangable replacements.   WR is thin but adequate.   DL is solid 2 deep. Though young VERY SOLID. DE will be incredible with this defense.   LB Corp arguable the best in the NFL.  MLB J. Beason in top 3 MLBs in the league.  CB thin but showing promise.   Safeties Solid.   You won't find many teams with as much depth and youthful depth as the Panthers.  If you were a fan of the Panthers or even knew anything about them other than the ESPN/NFL Network Talk show we might not be arguing this point.

You claim the Defense inexperienced?  We return the majority of our starters and those that have been replaced are replaced with better talent.  This defense will be Top 10.  Guaranteed. 

So you label me as a "Homer"or "Unfettered Admiration FAN-atic" so be it....  But you my Well Written Friend are nothing more than a good writer that is VERY UNIFORMED about the Carolina Panthers.  A uniformed non-believer or as they say HATER.

So we'll leave it as me being a HOMER and you A HATER...  In the end my knowledge of this team will surpass your ESPN/NFL Network knowledge of this team.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:50 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Davethepanther, I have to admire your unfettered admiration; you are what puts the "atic" after "fan," me lad.

But please.  Read what people said about: Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and pretty much every other QB ever drafted in the first round, all the way back to Gino Torreta.  Big.  Athletic.   Amazing Arm.  Has the "IT" factor.

The simple fact is: you don't get to this level, you don't get drafted in round one, if all of those things don't apply.  Pretty much every QB drafted that high had or has similar attributes.  There are, let me tell you, no QBs who like to lose, who aren't competitive, who aren't burning to play well in the league.  Mark Sanchez--big, athletic, strong arm, has the IT factor, just wins ball games--just told us he wanted to punch his coach when he was benched.  Well, good for him; every athlete wants to play. 

Cam will play, but he DOES have to be great with this team.  As an idiot, I think Carolina will be bad again this year.  Perhaps not 2-14 bad, but bad.  I'm guessing 5-11 bad right now.  Yes, they have a decent OL and two pretty good backs.  But they have no wide-outs beyond a disgruntled Smith, and he's doubled every game.  Why?  Because Carolina didn't--and perhaps doesn't--have a QB that can get him the ball or make the other, exceptionally mediocre WR into threats.  You can say: well, we have a TE this year.  Yes, perhaps you have a new "threat" at TE, but his history doesn't show him as the kind of player who is going to open the field for Smith.  So, Cam is going to have to be accurate enough to fit the ball between doubles and cover-2 windows for Smith.  He's not that accurate yet.

Fact is, Carolina was "loaded with talent" last year.  Most teams in the NFL, save perhaps SF, Seattle, and Cleveland, are "loaded with talent."  Again, you take the best college players, winnow out about 3/4 of them, and put the rest on the field ... everyone's talented, Davethepanther.  It's chemistry, it's coaching, it's injuries, it's consistency.

Carolina only had injuries last year.  They don't have any of them this year: new coach, new QB, same disgruntled star WR, same young-and-inexperienced D.  Given shortened training camps and new systems, it's hard to imagine the Panthers being "ready" to challenge for anything but the basement for the first few weeks of the season.

But, as you say, watch and see.  I wish more people would do that, and stop writing articles judging a guy or a team after two weeks of pre-season.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 2:27 am

The Daily Shoutout: Cam Newton

Stats aside. Rookie aside. 1 Yr College QB aside.  Take all your complaints and comments about Cam Newton and put them aside.  Watch the game, If you didn't see the energy he brings to this team after ONLY 2 weeks. The stop reading because you are a HATER. Plain and Simple and are blind to what is happening in Carolina. 

Read what others say about him,  Big, Athletic, amazing, Big Arm.  The guy has the "IT" factor.  So many want to say "Well he only played against 2nd stringer"  Well he also (except for the 1st series) played with the 2nd and 3rd team.  And they kept a lid on him running. 

He doesn't have to be great with this team.  DeAngelo, J Stewart, S. Smith, G. Olsen and the entire offensive line will be there to help him.   Unlike other teams that chose a QB 1st. Carolina has the talent on the offensive side of the ball to make it easy for Cam.  This team is dangerous enough.  As Cam grows the terror will begin for Coordinators.  By season end and the Panthers are in the Hunt for a playoff spot don't be totally surprised to see Carolina as a favorite to win it all.

One final thing.  Those IDIOTS that say Carolina is a BAD TEAM should go look at the roster.  This team is loaded with talent and the only reason they went 2-14 was the OC was terrible and the HC was defiantly not utilizing his available talent.   Yes Carolina was 2-14 and had the worst record in the NFL but not because of Talent but because of Drama between Ownership and the HC.

Barring injuries. Carolina will be in the hunt.  WATCH AND SEE

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