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Why Cam Newton is Carolina’s goal line back

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Cam Newton has five rushing touchdowns this year.  DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have one combined.

Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has unapologetically used Newton as the team’s goal line back, and that plan doesn’t figure to change anytime soon.

“That’s one place where it’s so compact that it’s hard to get good numbers and so with the quarterback as a runner your numbers even out so that you can get hats on hats a little easier,” Chudzinski said of the strategy.

Newton has 13 carries inside the ten-yard line. Stewart and Williams have three combined.  This highlights what a unique player Newton has already become.

With most quarterbacks, you’d be worried about the punishment Newton could take in close quarters. But Newton is usually the one dishing out punishment on his runs.

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  1. daspurtitan says: Oct 11, 2011 11:00 AM

    ohh, what vince young was suppose to be….

  2. vexey says: Oct 11, 2011 11:00 AM

    Guy’s built like a linebacker, it’s amazing to watch

  3. pappysarcasm says: Oct 11, 2011 11:00 AM

    .. He’s usually the one dishing out punishment on his runs.

    Yeah… because he’s so juiced up he’s about to explode! He will be exposed soon enough!

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 11, 2011 11:04 AM

    That damn Cam Newton. Just gettin it done.

  5. stealthjunk says: Oct 11, 2011 11:05 AM

    Broncos are using Tebow the exact same way.

  6. mwm367 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:11 AM

    As a Panther fan I like this but I don’t. After a while teams will not be fooled and it will get harder for him to get in. Also, even though he is big, young, and strong, he can still get hurt. And that’s the absolute last thing the Panthers need. Run Stew and D-Will. That’s what they get paid to do.

  7. bigcarguy1 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:20 AM

    CAMMMMM NEWTONNNN!!!!!

  8. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 11, 2011 11:20 AM

    It allows the offense to leave only one defender unblocked, instead of two, since the QB is actually doing something–not just handing the ball off.

    This is what QBs should be–athletes, not helpless statues.

    If they are the most important player on the team, then they should be the best athletes. Seeing it here first, folks. A new breed.

  9. beastson says: Oct 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    In Cam We Trust

  10. unc336 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    In reality, Cam is actually closer to the goal line when under center vs the running backs which are about 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  11. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    We’re five games into the season, let’s take a look at “Superman’s” numbers through five games:

    He has had three “monster” games passing (432, 422, 374) and two very “pedestrian” games (158, 224).

    His completion rattio is 58%, 17 of his peers have a better number.

    He has thrown for 1,610 yards, 4th best in the league.

    It appears he has thrown 7 TD’s, half of what Brady and Rodgers have thrown, and 12 QBs have thrown more than him.

    He has thrown 6 INT’s. Only 3 other QBs have thrown more.

    He has a QB rating of 84.3, 14th among all NFL QBs

    What does all of this tell us about Newton?

    He doesn’t suck, but he isn’t great either. He’s very “middle of the pack”, and his saving grace is his running. Personally, I value a quarterback for his passing, and a running back for his rushing, but that’s just me.

    He’s a rookie, and he should improve, but to all those who immediately labeled him a “stud” (looking at YOU, PFT), he’s mediocre at best. His numbers are coincidentally very close to a similar quarterback; Mike Vick.

    The Panthers are 1-4, and Cam Newton hasn’t had a major impact on this team’s standings.

    Yet.

  12. ineptguy8 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:37 AM

    nflofficeadmin says: Oct 11, 2011 11:04 AM

    “That damn Cam Newton. Just gettin it done.”

    So now 1-4 is “gettin it done?”

    As someone else said, impact is similar to Vick. Real hard to adjust to, but eventually teams do and you are never going to win a Super Bowl with a guy like that.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 11, 2011 11:39 AM

    He’s a ROOKIE and he’s having a great ROOKIE season. Just give him his props. Lighten up and stop hating. BTW, I never thought this guy would have a fraction of the success he has seen thus far.

  14. buschleaguebandit says: Oct 11, 2011 11:41 AM

    @ richman

    He is a stud…all the credicts before the season started said this guy would never get it done…look at what he is doing in his rookie year?!?! The dude can flat out play, he is a hybrid of BIG BEN and VICK, which imo is pretty darn good!!

    Haters always gonna hate…CAM is a monster in the making!!!!

  15. Lev says: Oct 11, 2011 11:49 AM

    @Richm2whatever…

    Cam is a ROOKIE quarterback playing the NFLs toughest schedule with a lukewarm offensive team. Flat out, from a Carolina fan, we are average at best in the skill positions on the O side of the ball. Except for Olsen and Smith, most of our starters would have a hard time first stringing anywhere else, given their stats this year. Sue us…

    What you fail to see us that Cam has brought a competitive edge to our team that gas been long gone. You’re missing the fact that the Carolina Panthers hardly had season long cumulative offensive numbers equivalent to the ones posted thus far in 5 games. I remember quarterbacks named Manning and Aikman who only needed a few new offensive weapons to get their failing teams into contention as well.

    We in Caroilna are proud of the slightest progress made here by our ball club and could care less what is or isn’t tangible stat numbers for the cronies to skewer.

  16. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:00 PM

    lofficeadmin says:
    He’s a ROOKIE and he’s having a great ROOKIE season. Just give him his props. Lighten up and stop hating. BTW, I never thought this guy would have a fraction of the success he has seen thus far.

    buschleaguebandit says:
    @ richman

    He is a stud…all the credicts before the season started said this guy would never get it done…look at what he is doing in his rookie year?!?! The dude can flat out play, he is a hybrid of BIG BEN and VICK, which imo is pretty darn good!!

    Haters always gonna hate…CAM is a monster in the making!!!!

    ——————————————————–
    Guys,again, look at the NUMBERS.

    What exactly has he “done” so far? What “success” has he had so far? He’s middle of the pack, the numbers don’t lie.

    I’d like to see where he is after Week 16, and see how his second season goes. Then we can fit him for a yellow blazer. Right now, he’s just “average”.

  17. qdog112 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:01 PM

    If a scientific team was tasked with creating the “QB” for this millennium – they would exit the lab with Cam Newton. Nuff said.

  18. row60 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:09 PM

    Would this be news if goal line carries weren’t so important in fantasy football?

  19. steviemo says: Oct 11, 2011 12:14 PM

    O-coordinator obviously has Newton on his fantasy football team. I have Stewart.

  20. chickenwangstaff says: Oct 11, 2011 12:15 PM

    So all the swingers who pinned their hopes and dreams on Vince Young now have a new messiah…..who will also soon be rendered mediocre .

  21. gunnyd says: Oct 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    nflofficeadmin says: Cam just getting it done?

    Getting “what” done exactly??? Have the Panthers won a game yet???

  22. stfunowplease says: Oct 11, 2011 12:33 PM

    “even out so that you can get hats on hats a little easier,” Chudzinski said of the strategy.”

    key words = hats on hats

    hats on hats = concussion

    Chudzindski = idiot.

  23. dcarcass says: Oct 11, 2011 12:42 PM

    What Cam has done and is doing is showing his potential to be an elite QB in the years to come. he has had growing pains but if you want to look at numbers compare his numbers to Peyton Mannings first year. his numbers would be even better if he had a better corps of receivers (or at least a better second one other than L. Naanee, groan). He is NOT Vick (thankfully), he is a pass first QB who can extend the play and then use his size for redzone carries. Josh Freeman would be his closest comparison, though it looks like he will eclipse Freeman in the future. I don’t see how anyone can watch an entire game of Cam and not think he can be a special QB.

  24. slammincamnewton says: Oct 11, 2011 12:58 PM

    I don’t like the play calling of 4 QB sneaks in a row.

  25. mightyleemoon says: Oct 11, 2011 1:01 PM

    Someone needs to define “Getting it done”.

    Aaron Rodgers seems to be getting it done. Cam Newton seems to have his team’s fans excited about a losing season.

  26. jeffcor7 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:04 PM

    Okay, so you critics want to say he isn’t “getting it done” because of the Panther’s record? Maybe you should consider that the Panther’s defense is tied for 26th in the league giving up over 26 points per game. Maybe you should also consider that last year’s offense was dead last in the league. Let me repeat that, dead last in the league. This year they are 5th. If you don’t think that Newton’s addition to the Carolina offense hasn’t been transformational, then you just have something personal against Newton and have no objective ability to analyze football. Sure, they would like to have a better record, but if Clausen was still at the helm, the record would be 0-5 with no hope for a better future. As it is, the Panthers can realistically win on any given Sunday.

  27. favreforever says: Oct 11, 2011 1:06 PM

    Tebow has 7 rushing touchdowns in less career playing time than the Newt. Tim has rushed for more yards with a better yard per carry average. As passers, the two have identical passer ratings. So, it hardly makes the Dancing Thief unique in the game.

  28. z0inks says: Oct 11, 2011 1:12 PM

    Before being critical of Newton’s performance, try comparing his performance to that of rookie QB’s in years past.

    The truth is, it is exceedingly rare for a rookie QB to post a QB rating over 80. It is also exceptionally rare for a rookie to average 200 yards per game, or to have 60% completions.

    It’s almost unheard of for a rookie to average 8+ yards per attempt; since 1998, only Ben Roethlisberger accomplished this….and Ben averaged only 193 yards per game.

    Newton’s 12 TD’s (7 passing, 5 rushing) in five games works out to 2.4 TD’s per game, putting him on pace for 38 TD’s this year….a number that few Pro Bowl quarterbacks ever achieve in their careers, and that no rookie QB has ever come close to approaching.

    (FWIW, I believe the NFL single-season record for rookies is 26 TD’s, set by Peyton Manning in 1998. )

    I am neither a Panthers fan nor a Cam Newton fan….just a relatively unbiased observer.

    That being said… if you can’t give the guy credit for what he’s doing and recognize how remarkable his performance this year has been, then you obviously have an axe to grind or some sort of personal agenda to promote. Because any bystander with any semblance of objectivity can see that what this kid is doing right now is pretty darned special.

  29. Lev says: Oct 11, 2011 1:15 PM

    @favreforever.

    Dancing is better than sexting interns…

    Go Panters

  30. icanspeel says: Oct 11, 2011 1:17 PM

    Why on earth would he tell everyone that plan won’t change? Unless it means it really will to throw teams off.

  31. boneyardbuc says: Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    I’ll admit I thought Newton was going to be terrible for years. He definitely is not that.

    I can understand why Panthers fans are excited.

    If he puts in the work, he could be great.

  32. mrplow3 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:41 PM

    His numbers are identically on track with Daunte Culpepper’s first year as a starter. I believe Culpepper broke the rushing TD record for QB’s that first year.

    Problem is, like Culpepper these guys get hurt from the pounding. And Culpepper was bigger than Newton is physically.

  33. slammincamnewton says: Oct 11, 2011 1:44 PM

    favreforever says:
    Oct 11, 2011 1:06 PM
    Tebow has 7 rushing touchdowns in less career playing time than the Newt. Tim has rushed for more yards with a better yard per carry average. As passers, the two have identical passer ratings. So, it hardly makes the Dancing Thief unique in the game.

    —So what you’re saying is Tim Tebow is a running back? Because he certainly can’t throw the ball.

  34. suhnum1fan says: Oct 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    its only a matter of time before Scam gets exposed or hurt for a long period of time.

  35. shaunymac424 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:54 PM

    We’re five games into the season, let’s take a look at “Superman’s” numbers through five games:

    He has had three “monster” games passing (432, 422, 374) and two very “pedestrian” games (158, 224).

    His completion rattio is 58%, 17 of his peers have a better number.

    He has thrown for 1,610 yards, 4th best in the league.

    It appears he has thrown 7 TD’s, half of what Brady and Rodgers have thrown, and 12 QBs have thrown more than him.

    He has thrown 6 INT’s. Only 3 other QBs have thrown more.

    He has a QB rating of 84.3, 14th among all NFL QBs

    What does all of this tell us about Newton?

    He doesn’t suck, but he isn’t great either. He’s very “middle of the pack”, and his saving grace is his running. Personally, I value a quarterback for his passing, and a running back for his rushing, but that’s just me.

    He’s a rookie, and he should improve, but to all those who immediately labeled him a “stud” (looking at YOU, PFT), he’s mediocre at best. His numbers are coincidentally very close to a similar quarterback; Mike Vick.

    The Panthers are 1-4, and Cam Newton hasn’t had a major impact on this team’s standings.

    Yet.
    ___________________________________

    You are a moron.

    He’s a Rookie and he’s putting up numbers like this? He’s not going to be perfect at everything (Completion %/ INT) but to be as good as he is at everything else is shocking this early.

    I thought, along with a ton of other people, that he was going to be Jamarcus 2.0.

    Instead, he is Newton 1.0.

  36. iamwhodat says: Oct 11, 2011 2:16 PM

    I think most of the hate Cam gets is from bitter SEC fans who are still pissed that Auburn won the Natl Championship. Roll Damn Tide!!!!

  37. paulydefense says: Oct 11, 2011 2:25 PM

    I’m sorry, but I don’t want my franchise quarterback also being my goal-line back. Call me crazy.

  38. pilot2011 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:27 PM

    @”Would this be news if goal line carries weren’t so important in fantasy football?”

    I think it’s important because the Panthers have 2 pro bowl running backs and aren’t getting carries inside the 20…The fact is, Cam Newton is getting the ball into the endzone, and I’m pretty sure that’s all that matters.

    But like I’ve said before, I’m new to this American Football thing and my brain is still entrenched with all the intelligent posters on this site who said Cam Newton is really “$cam Newton”, and his game is Jamarcus Russel 2.0

  39. tinbender2000 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:28 PM

    richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    We’re five games into the season, let’s take a look at “Superman’s” numbers through five games:

    1) He has had three “monster” games passing (432, 422, 374) and two very “pedestrian” games (158, 224).

    2)His completion rattio is 58%, 17 of his peers have a better number.

    3)He has thrown for 1,610 yards, 4th best in the league.

    4)It appears he has thrown 7 TD’s, half of what Brady and Rodgers have thrown, and 12 QBs have thrown more than him.

    5)He has thrown 6 INT’s. Only 3 other QBs have thrown more.

    6)He has a QB rating of 84.3, 14th among all NFL QBs

    What does all of this tell us about Newton?
    ====================================
    1) 422 yards his first game, breaking Peyton Mannings record of 302. First Rookie ever to start a career with two 400+ yard games. Most yards for a rookie in first two games.

    2) I didn’t know there were 17 other rookie quarterbacks.

    3) Not bad for a rookie, eh?

    4) Brady and Rodgers are on a record pace, and last I looked they play for better teams.

    5) In how many attempts, and throwing to whom?

    6) That puts him in the middle of the pack, playing for the Panthers.

    With those kinds of numbers and they have a losing record, how do you blame him? For a gut coming out being compared to JaMarcus Russel in bust terms I’d say he’s playing outstanding. I’ve been watching football for damn near 50 years and I don’t recall ever seeing a rookie quarterback have a start like this, let alone on a team like the Panthers.

  40. vexey says: Oct 11, 2011 2:29 PM

    Not for nothing, but after the last few years in Carolina…

    Just please let us be happy about this one thing

  41. jdimmitt says: Oct 11, 2011 2:30 PM

    Doesn’t anyone think of fantasy. People can be so selfish, keep running him, he gits me points running it in not handing it off.

  42. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 2:31 PM

    I’m not denying that the guy is talented, but people are just getting besides themselves with the “Cam Newton is great” talk. For all of his “greatness”, he has one win. Thats the problem with media outlets like BSpn, so quick to put these guys on a pedestal, and if they fail to perform, they are quick to throw these guys under the bus. Think I’m lying? Remember when Tony Romo was one of the greatest quarterbacks in football according to the media? Now people are wondering if he is even the greatest quarterback on his team. Just as quick as people have said Tebow sucks, they’ve also said that Newton is the greatest thing since sliced bread. My point is, give it time either way to see what these players are or aren’t.

  43. favreforever says: Oct 11, 2011 2:54 PM

    @scammincamnewton – Tebow has the identical passer rating to Newton so far in his NFL career. So Tebow “can’t pass the ball” and Protruding Horse Teeth can? Tebow was a better passer in college and will be a better passer as a pro.

  44. favreforever says: Oct 11, 2011 3:03 PM

    FYI

    Tebow 92 passes, 6 TDs, 3 Int, P.R. 84.2
    Newt 194 passes, 7 TDs, 6 Int, P.R. 84.3

    Tebow 50 carries, 264 yds, 5.3 avg., 7 Tds, 1 fumble
    Newt 40 carries, 160 yds, 4.o avg. 5 Tds, 2 fumble.

    Tebow is still the starter and that other guy is still his backup.

  45. Lev says: Oct 11, 2011 3:03 PM

    @iamwhodat

    You pretty much nailed it. SEC fans are a bitter bunch these days.

  46. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 3:09 PM

    buschleaguebandit says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:41 AM
    @ richman

    He is a stud…all the credicts before the season started said this guy would never get it done…look at what he is doing in his rookie year?!?! The dude can flat out play, he is a hybrid of BIG BEN and VICK, which imo is pretty darn good!!

    Haters always gonna hate…CAM is a monster in the making!!!!
    ___________________________________

    Wow….there is so much wrong with this statement, I don’t know where the hell to begin.

    1) He’s played five games, so let’s not be quick to pass judgement on him good or bad
    2) Look at what he’s doing….he’s had three outstanding games, one average game (against New Orleans) and a below average game (against Jacksonville). Sounds a little inconsistent to me. And for all of the records he set, all the dancing hie did, he has one NFL win, and even he isn’t happy with that. That’s what I like about him. He isn’t worried about stats like these “experts” and fantasy geeks, he’s concerned about W’s so I give him props for that.
    3) The word is “critics”, not “credicts”. What the hell is “credicts”? A hybrid of “Credit” and “Dictators”? which brings me to my next point…
    4) Hybrid of Vick and Roethlisberger? Seriously? How much crack did you smoke before you typed that? Ohh I know what you did. You looked at his size and said: Big Ben, looked at his scrambling ability and said Vick. Idiot.

  47. CKL says: Oct 11, 2011 3:11 PM

    @ FF a/k/a HB and RE,
    I think that QB rating can be misleading. I prefer to watch the games and see if the rating and the play match. I admit I was quite skeptical of Newton because of his lack of college experience and the type of offense he ran in college, but I’ve watched all his games and a couple of Tebow’s and Newton is a much MUCH better passer to date than I thought he would be. Completion % can be partly a function of WR skill and type of throw (short, long etc) and Cam doesn’t often throw the off target type passes Tebow does. I would compare Newton to Roethlisberger actually (who is also more accurate than he gets credit for). And granted his OC gets props too because like Mularkey (think that was BR’s OC when he was a rookie) he is putting Newton in position to succeed with giving him plays and situations he’s good at.

  48. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 11, 2011 3:35 PM

    @richm2256

    Cam Newton is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single season passing yardage record–and break it by 150 yards.

    He has one elite WR and two good TEs, yet he still manages to move his offense up and down the field. Its the defense that is the problem.

    You can misconstrue the stats all you want–if you think that helps you redeem yourself after you said he was going to be a bust.

  49. pigskinswag says: Oct 11, 2011 3:40 PM

    “playing the NFLs toughest schedule”

    Carolina was a last place team and they have a last place schedule. The schedule is tougher now because teams that weren’t good last year are contending now.

  50. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 11, 2011 4:05 PM

    @pigskinswag

    Not exactly. They had the toughest strength of schedule based on last season’s records. The reason being is there were THREE 10 win teams in the NFC South, in ATL, NO and TB.

    That, and the NFC South plays the NFC North and the AFC South this year. Those divisions had more wins that losses in 2010–adding to the Panthers’ SOS.

    There are only two games a year that are not predetermined by the rotating division scheduling. Carolina played Arizona week one, who was one of those two teams. The other is Washington, who they play week 7.

    It has nothing to do with this season’s results.

  51. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    Hey, I don’t make up the numbers, I’m just telling you what they say. Cam Newton is what his numbers SAY he is, which is middle of the pack.

    I never said he’d be a bust; I said let’s actually see him play a few games before we put him in Canton. The NFL landscape is littered with the names of “can’t miss” quarterbacks.

    His best feature so far – passing, not rushing – has been his total passing yards. He’s smack in the middle of the group in almost every other stat.

    He’s not a “bust” – YET – but he’s not the great player that everyone said he’d be, or thinks he IS.

    You want to see a good rookie season? Check out a sixth round pick who was thrown into his rookie season in 2001. Won a Super Bowl as a rookie.

    Name was Brady….. maybe you’ve heard of him?

  52. CKL says: Oct 11, 2011 6:03 PM

    Richm2256, TB wasn’t a rookie in 01. And in 01 he was exactly what the Pats needed. The anti-Bledsoe. Smart and efficient.

  53. z0inks says: Oct 11, 2011 6:13 PM

    You want to see a good rookie season? Check out a sixth round pick who was thrown into his rookie season in 2001. Won a Super Bowl as a rookie.

    Name was Brady….. maybe you’ve heard of him?
    ——————————–

    Ummmmm….yeah, about that part…..

    Turns out 2001 was actually Brady’s second year in the NFL. Y’know….the year he won the Super Bowl and all?

    But thanks so much for sharing.

  54. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:34 PM

    Anyone who considers Brady’s rookie season as 2000 is right only by a technicality.

    He threw a whopping 3 passes that year.

  55. sikafe says: Oct 11, 2011 7:18 PM

    @Richm2256

    As the poster above noted, Tom Brady was not a rookie QB in 2001. Also, you purposely leave out the fact that Cam is ROOKIE when analyzing his numbers. There is a reason why most QBs don’t start in their ROOKIE season. It is the toughest position to play as a rookie.

    Peyton Manning was widely considered to be the best rookie QB the league had ever had and Cam is breaking or is on pace to break most of his most signficant records.

    No one can be certain of what the future holds for Cam, but his play so far this season is outstanding!

  56. sikafe says: Oct 11, 2011 7:25 PM

    @Richm2256

    Yes Brady threw only 3 passes his rookie year but he had the first year to learn in practice and study film. That makes a significant difference. There is a reason why QBs who start in their rookie season tend to have horribles numbers. It is not a coincidence. Ask Manning, Elway, Aikman and other great QBs who started in their rookie season. Also, look at their rookie numbers. Its not pretty.

  57. pigskinswag says: Oct 12, 2011 10:00 AM

    It’s obvious from this thread (and others) that people don’t read the entire comment before the reply to it or give it a thumbs up or down. I see how people on here think. Anything short of pressing your lips against the collective backside of people’s favorite teams or players is interpreted as “hating”, and that’s just silly and irrational. I’m not denying Newton’s talent or that he hasn’t done unprecedented things for rookie quarterbacks. The adjustment from the college to pro game is more difficult for quarterbacks than probably any other positition. All I am saying is, let’s keep watching and see how the kid progresses (at least for this season) before we call the folks at Canton and have them make his bust and get his yellow jacket size. That’s all I’m saying.

  58. flapjackdaddy says: Oct 12, 2011 10:01 AM

    Rich–you should probably stop.

  59. sikafe says: Oct 12, 2011 10:43 AM

    @pigskinswag

    I agree with you. I think what was frustrating many posters is the tendency to criticize Cam by comparing him to successful QBs in the league without providing the context that he is a rookie.

    The NFL is a tough league and we have seen many shooting stars unravel due to injuries, poor team support, off-the-field mistakes, stunted growth etc. Terrel Davis, Daunte Culpepper, Marc Bulger, Chad Pennington etc come to mind.

    However, we can only judge in the present. We cannot judge on what might or might not happen in the future. All we can say with certainty is that Cam Newton has been the best rookie QB the league has ever had through 5 games and that is a great accomplishment for a rookie QB. We will see what the future brings.

  60. jdd428 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:14 PM

    Another thing to consider for all you “Cam is only 1-4″ haters. With a team that is mostly the same as last year’s 2-14 mess, Newton has had Carolina in position to win ALL FIVE games. And three of those games came against Green Bay (defending SB champs), New Orleans (2009 SB champs) and Chicago (played in 2010 NFC title game).

    The loss to the Bears can be blamed on poor special teams (two big Hester returns gave the Bears) and a bad penalty call (Shockey’s go-ahead TD catch negated by an incorrect offensive PI).

    The loss to the Saints should be pinned on Rivera’s poor clock management: timeout at end of half allowed NO to kick field goal (in what proved to be a 3-point loss) and as NO was driving for the winning TD in the fourth, Carolina did not take a timeout to prevent Brees from using all but 50 seconds.

    So, bottom line, Newton has made a significant impact. Anyone arguing otherwise is flat out wrong.

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