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Cam Newton vows improvement “through the roof”

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had perhaps the best rookie season for any quarterback in NFL history last year, but he’s not satisfied. In fact, Newton says that with a full offseason of work, he’ll be significantly better in 2012 than he was in 2011.

“With reviewing all the games from last year, I feel that the improvement is through the roof for me,” Newton told the Associated Press on Saturday. “I’ve had the whole offseason to work on the things that I feel like I need to get better at [and that] will come into fruition. With the upcoming OTAs, I feel like that’s another time for me to get better.”

Newton said one of the reason he’s optimistic about his future is that receiver Steve Smith has signed a contract extension that will keep him in Carolina for years to come.

“Having him back is a big thing for not only me as my whole evolution is going to change — to have his leadership there — but for the whole team,” Newton said. “We need Smitty not for what he does at the receiver position but for the leader that he is, how much he holds everybody accountable. I’m excited for him.”

If Newton is right about how much he’s going to improve, Smith should be excited. And so should Panthers fans.

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  1. ak18346 says: Apr 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    11 wins this year for the Panthers ! I know that this team will have a solid draft and I can’t wait to the tickets go on sale I will try to buy 3 per game this year.. GO PANTHERS

  2. patrickmcneely says: Apr 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    Newton/Smith ’12

  3. vexey says: Apr 14, 2012 6:21 PM

    It’s unbelievable what he was able to do on half an offseason, It’s nice to have a QB who’s as driven as he seems to be

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 14, 2012 6:21 PM

    The only ego issue this guy has is that he always thinks he can get better.

  5. qdog112 says: Apr 14, 2012 6:32 PM

    That’s my boooooyyyee!!! I think Cam needs to dial it back a little, but he’s a kid and excited. I think he should put the work in and lower expectations so any misstep won’t be overplayed by the media. It’s gonna be awful hard to follow his rookie act.

    If we get our “Cam Newton” on defense (I’m hoping Ingram) and fill other defensive holes – this could be a special year. But let’s keep it our secret – OK.

  6. jason1980 says: Apr 14, 2012 6:32 PM

    Yeah, Rex Ryan said the Jets are going to the Super Bowl, every year. When Cam and the Panthers can win more than 6 games a season, come back and talk. There’s nothing wrong with being positive, but don’t write checks your a$$ can’t cash, Cammie!

  7. bangitfootball says: Apr 14, 2012 6:33 PM

    its just nice to see he doesnt have to steal coeds computers anymore.

  8. bigboi30 says: Apr 14, 2012 6:39 PM

    Careful, out they won’t even be able to find a helmet to fit your head. Win something first then talk. All I hear you saying is the same thing every other player is saying. 2012 Panthers 8-8

  9. blacknole08 says: Apr 14, 2012 6:41 PM

    *cries*

    That’s my quarterback!

  10. hrjx says: Apr 14, 2012 7:00 PM

    Daunte Culpepper 2. He’s already hit his ceiling so don’t expect much more in the next few years to come.

  11. jporter15 says: Apr 14, 2012 7:01 PM

    What if he gets that madden cover lol jp I believe in Cam

  12. semgiaknicks says: Apr 14, 2012 7:03 PM

    Madden curse.

  13. beauregard says: Apr 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    This guy has a great future. Panthers are very lucky to have their franchise QB tied up. Meanwhile about 20 teams are still looking for theirs.

  14. rlimpert says: Apr 14, 2012 7:08 PM

    Newton’s stats against 5 awful D’s (Bucs x 2, Vikes, Redskins, Zona) – 67% comp., 10 TD 1 INT 269 ypg.

    Vs. the other 11, 57.8% comp. 11 TD 16 Int, 246 ypg.

    He had a good year, but let’s not overdo it folks.

  15. mattw70 says: Apr 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    Cam said with a full off season and a year experience,he’ll be better.Plus having Steve Smiths leadership will help.

    Doesn’t sound like anything to criticize him for.Not a Panthers fan,but he should be fun to watch for years to come.

  16. chicagosundevil says: Apr 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    I give this kid a lot of credit.

  17. mikeflorioisadouche says: Apr 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    It’ll only get worse for him as def. coordinators learn how to defend him. As soon as they got game film on him, his play went markedly down. Not one 300 yd passing game after week 4 last year… in a division with poor defenses. Remember when people who know nothing about football were crowning Matty Ryan, Kevin Kolb, Josh Freeman, Sanchez, etc. after one season? Let’s see a larger successful body of work.

    How about talking trash AFTER you do something, not before.

  18. jimmysee says: Apr 14, 2012 7:31 PM

    He sure looks like the real deal — now get him a better o-line.

  19. akezmoh says: Apr 14, 2012 7:32 PM

    hrjx says: Apr 14, 2012 7:00 PM

    Daunte Culpepper 2. He’s already hit his ceiling so don’t expect much more in the next few years to come.

    —————————

    Not a Panthers hater/fan, but I think they have something special in Mr Newton. Culpooper never was in this kids league. He is exciting to watch, has the running skills of Vick but possesses something Vick doesn’t, the ability to actually complete a pass. I humbly disagree with your assessment

  20. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 14, 2012 7:46 PM

    “Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had perhaps the best rookie season for any quarterback in NFL history last year…..”

    ——————————-
    I guess you never heard of Ben Roethlisberger?

  21. gadgetdawg says: Apr 14, 2012 7:48 PM

    Daunte Culpepper 2. He’s already hit his ceiling so don’t expect much more in the next few years to come.
    ————————————————

    Too bad for the haters that his performance last year was better than over 2/3 of the veteran QBs on other teams. We shall see where they go this year, the team has a lot of need to fill positions in the draft but watching the haters squirm will be worth it.

  22. randallflagg52 says: Apr 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    Cam eaisly had the best season for a rookie, according to stats. Flacco also won 11 games his rookie year plus two playoff games on the road. I’d say both Newton and Flacco had better rookie years than Roethlisberger.

    Gotta love Cam’s attitude. Can’t believe this guy still has so many haters everywhere. I don’t get it, there has been nothing that hints he won’t succeed in the NFL.

  23. geauxmez says: Apr 14, 2012 8:13 PM

    hate this guy.

  24. mjkelly77 says: Apr 14, 2012 8:14 PM

    Cam Newton vows improvement “through the roof”
    ___________________

    Newton says during the offseason he’s been growing wings so he fly into the end zone.

  25. taintedlombardis says: Apr 14, 2012 8:17 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Apr 14, 2012 7:31 PM
    He sure looks like the real deal — now get him a better o-line.

    More internet idiocy. Panthers o-line is one of the best in theNFL. Plus Smith, those tight ends, and those backs…Camster was drafted into a great situation. If the defense wasn’t made of paper mache, they might give the Saints and the Dirty birds a run for their money…

  26. ncbengalmike says: Apr 14, 2012 8:23 PM

    Scam Newton, sell those tickets big boy!

    Won’t be long before Steve Smiths punches you

  27. cityclub13 says: Apr 14, 2012 8:30 PM

    The three headed monster that is the Lions RB’s can be unstoppable if Best and Lashore are 100%. Kevin Smith is great value if he continues to play hard. Draft OL!

  28. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    Dumb as dirt.

  29. cowartsh says: Apr 14, 2012 8:40 PM

    Matt Ryan and flacco both won 11 games their rookie year. Just wanted to add that to the post above. Also to the post above that newton runs like vick. cam doesnt have the lateral quickness or breakaway speed that vick has. Its not even close. Granted cam is a far more polished passer than vick was at the same point in his career

  30. chadmurdigan says: Apr 14, 2012 8:57 PM

    I hate to tell you this, Cam, but a serious NFL team looks for its main leadership from its quarterback, and unless you change your ME ME ME attitude big time from what it was last year, even the passionate Steve Smith isn’t going to be able to pump the Cats up enough to do much better than maybe 9-7.

    Dump the towels on the head, dump the BS Superman act in the end zone, quit whining and crying like a little baby when the team loses… and start LEADING and being a positive, humble example.

    You have the skill set, Cam, but your attitude and maturity still don’t seem to be headed in the right direction. Quiet confidence will take a guy a whole lot further than bravado and cultural icon mindsets.

    I hope you can make the changes you need to make, Cam, I really do… but so far I don’t see it happening. So sorry to write that, too.

  31. beastup22 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:05 PM

    Haters gunna hate. You can’t deny the kid has game. Cam is the definition of a beast!! The sky is the limit. Where’s Blain Gabbert at?

  32. subset99 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:23 PM

    Cam Newton Is a great QB and will be a franchise QB, but I still can’t stand him. Does character matter in the NFL draft or not? The guy is a liar and a thief, yet skated by unscathed by critics before the draft. He will always leave a bad taste in my mouth.

    When an athlete cheats to pass his exams, steals property, and is pimped out to the highest collegiate bidder by his father, what more reason is needed to drop him at least three rounds? He is entitled, arrogant, and seemingly bulletproof. Heck, it’s not even his fault. He should have need slapped into reality long ago. Instead, he believes that he can do anything he wants and it’s just dandy.

    That commercial where the field is his club and he has the DJ scratching in the background is just priceless. When he ends the commercial by yelling, “What?” like he’s the man, just makes me laugh. He’s right, though. He does what he wants and says what are you gonna do about it? Then everyone just stares in awe at Cam’s greatness. $&!hole.

  33. gards81 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:25 PM

    Cam Newton is what Terrell Pryor was supposed to be.

  34. deetrain11 says: Apr 14, 2012 9:37 PM

    So many people want to blame Cam for only winning 6 games and not throwing for over 300 yds after wk 4….well the running game wasn’t doing hardly ANYTHING and the fans were wondering why D williams got that big contract. So when the running game got going, Cam didn’t need to throw as much. When he threw for 400 against the cardinals everyone said wait until next week…he won’t do it against the Packers….he threw for a season high. Now wait until next year..they will figure him out. ANYTHING but giving him credit. Plus people Big Ben and Flacco had TOP RATED DEFENSES!!!! THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PUT UP 30 PTS TO WIN. APPLES AND ORANGES!!!!

  35. Matt Volk says: Apr 14, 2012 9:40 PM

    Lol you hater are hilarious!

  36. 3000ft2glory says: Apr 14, 2012 9:54 PM

    Love all the haters. The fact that half the posters here are slamming Cam already means those folks know he’s a threat. Likewise, for those who say he hasn’t yet accomplished anything, he just had the greatest rookie year for a QB in nfl history. Lot of people hated Jordan when he was winning titles too – comes with the territory. Oh, and for the dude who made the random post about the Lions…..wtf. Just wtf.

  37. hatesycophants says: Apr 14, 2012 10:10 PM

    Some of you folks have some serious personal issues. Repair them.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  38. scottpavek says: Apr 15, 2012 12:04 AM

    I was 99.9% sure this kid was going to be a bust.. I have no reason to doubt anything he says now – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person he proved wrong.

  39. scottpavek says: Apr 15, 2012 12:06 AM

    And I love the deference to Steve Smith; ego was supposed to be a huge red flag for Cam, and he’s done nothing but stay on message and support his team.

    And to think that Gabbert was the projected number one for months..

  40. randomcommenter says: Apr 15, 2012 12:33 AM

    Cam had a great year for a rookie but he was far from a great qb. He throws the ball downfield with no fear, not even reading the field all the time.

    So far he’s Jeff George. It’s easy to put up stats in games where you are constantly behind. He showed hecan make big plays. Don’t start carving his bust for canton until he shows he can make the small plays that actually win games.

  41. EaglesFly58High says: Apr 15, 2012 12:55 AM

    Cam Newbeastson

  42. kenyonsupertramp says: Apr 15, 2012 6:33 AM

    Admit it. All the haters are just scared. Rightly so. Or maybe its a river in Egypt. I love the bashing and scam talk…makes you all sound like little punks talking poo behind somebodys back after they put the beat down on you. Happened last yr and will happen every yr till his critics cry themselves into a coma.

  43. kokomike says: Apr 15, 2012 6:34 AM

    Cam Newton and Tim Tebow. They are both through the roof.

  44. Patriot42 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:00 AM

    This guy believes the sun rises because of him and being so conceited he is trying to draw the attention away from this years draft picks that is getting so much air time in saying he will be the greatest QB in history this year.

  45. bbgraf08 says: Apr 15, 2012 8:30 AM

    mikeflorioisadouche says:
    Apr 14, 2012 7:29 PM
    It’ll only get worse for him as def. coordinators learn how to defend him. As soon as they got game film on him, his play went markedly down. Not one 300 yd passing game after week 4 last year… in a division with poor defenses. Remember when people who know nothing about football were crowning Matty Ryan, Kevin Kolb, Josh Freeman, Sanchez, etc. after one season? Let’s see a larger successful body of work.

    How about talking trash AFTER you do something, not before.

    ———————

    Talking trash? You must have intel that I missed out on, cause from what I saw Newton merely said he had to get better and would. I spit out my coffee laughing at your post. Don’t know how you could take anything Newton said as a bad thing.

    And I’m a Patriots fan, not a Panthers fan.

  46. mwm367 says: Apr 15, 2012 9:06 AM

    Keep on hating on our QB. That’s ’cause you know what he can and will do this season…..win games and take the Panthers to the playoffs. I love it.

  47. ticalcaldwell says: Apr 15, 2012 10:22 AM

    The media is dying for Cam to be great…..Dalton is just flat out a better QB….and we got AJ Green first in our draft…..jus sayin

  48. tat2dey says: Apr 15, 2012 10:28 AM

    “Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had perhaps the best rookie season for any quarterback in NFL history last year,”

    Scam didn’t even have the best rookie season out of the rookies LAST year, much less in history. Unfortunately you can’t replace TD’s with INT’s and doing his stupid “spydamane” pose after every completely pass and call it the best, it isn’t and wasn’t.

  49. montsta says: Apr 15, 2012 11:18 AM

    randomcommenter says:
    Apr 15, 2012 12:33 AM
    Cam had a great year for a rookie but he was far from a great qb. He throws the ball downfield with no fear, not even reading the field all the time.

    So far he’s Jeff George. It’s easy to put up stats in games where you are constantly behind. He showed hecan make big plays. Don’t start carving his bust for canton until he shows he can make the small plays that actually win games.

     ———-
    Other thanthe first game against ATL and the week 17 embarrassment against NO, the 6-10 Panthers had a lead at some point of the 4th quarter of every game they played in. That includes a lead with less than 2:00 left against the Saints, and nearly that much time left with a lead against GB. So where did you get this ‘easy to put up stats playing from behind’ garbage? Don’t speak of you have no clue what you are talking about because you’ll end up sounding like an idiot.

  50. akd1287 says: Apr 15, 2012 12:42 PM

    This guy puts Carolina on the map. What a great pick. As a Houston Texans fan I can only watch in awe and wonder what it would be like to have a franchise Quarterback.

  51. subset99 says: Apr 15, 2012 1:17 PM

    Here’s the problem. Am I hating on Cam Newton? Absolutely. However, a lot of people here seem to be defending him about the wrong issue. With comments like, just wait because he is going to tear up the league or your team going on, the point is being solidly missed. I never disputed the guy’s talent. I did lambast him for his lack of character, however.

    For the poster who said that saying critical things “behind Cam’s back” was sounding like a punk, grow up. I would say every bit of this to Cam Newton’s face. What’s the guy going to do? Assault me for doing what most reporters should have pursued even more? I doubt that a millionaire like Cam Newton has much desire to chase down an English teacher in Central Texas for comments on a message board. If so, then it’s worse than I thought.

    I don’t like Newton because he was able to play by a separate set of rules. Nobody on this board wants to talk about that. Whenever it is brought up, the topic shifts to how he is “beastin'” or such a great player. It’s not the point. It is a double standard, however. The things that got Newton in trouble and, subsequently, booted from Florida, left a stink trail that followed him to Auburn. He is a petulant brat and has no ability of connecting the dots. Transgressions as great as Cam’s should have never yielded the number one overall pick in the draft. If this was politics and Cam was running for office, he’d be crucified and have already bowed out of the race w/ that record.

  52. jgedgar70 says: Apr 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    subset99 and all the other Cam bashers – let me clue you in on a few things:

    1) Yes, Cam stole a laptop and cheated on papers his freshman year at Florida. He did very stupid things when he was 18. So does everyone else. He did not get off scott-free, he was forced out and ended up in some Texas wasteland for a year. If you are going to bring up the cheating on papers, where was your outrage at Marvin Austin, who did the same thing his LAST year of college, when the Giants drafted him in the second round?

    2) It was Cam’s FATHER, NOT CAM, who sought $200K for Cam’s signature on a letter of intent. Everything pointed to Cam going to Starkville, and his crooked father decided to go the Jim Bakker route and use his position to get a big payday. Miss. St. turned him in. Just because Cam’s dad went trolling for cash does not mean Cam knew. Do any of you know absolutely every detail of every activity your father participated in when you were 20? Didn’t think so. Neither did the NCAA. The NCAA president has stated on THREE separate occasions that Cam did nothing wrong. The “Scam Newton” posts are based on imagination, nothing more.

    3) Cam in 2011 was the best rookie QB performance ever. Big Ben, Flacco, Ryan, and Dalton all had top-10 defenses on their teams their rookie years. I’m sure just about everyone outside of Charlotte only saw Carolina’s last game, as that was the only one with anything close to a national audience. That game was a perfect summary of how the defense played all year. And jimmysee – if you truly think the Panthers have one of the NFL’s best O-lines, please pass me some of what you’re smoking. It’s the exact opposite. The 2010 Panthers O-line was the worst O-line ever assembled in the history of the sport of football, on any level, in any era. It was only marginally better in 2011, but Cam’s athleticism covered up how bad the line is. Jordan Gross is over the hill and is only making the Pro Bowl on reputation. Travelle Wharton is over the hill and has fortunately been cut. Hangartner is a major upgrade over the mish-mash of warm bodies we have had on the right side (Geoff Schwartz, Byron Bell, Garry Williams, McKenzy Bernardeau, Jeff Otah). Only Ryan Kalil is superior. There is more than enough room for improvement. Put Cam in a Bengals jersey last year, with their defense, and the Bengals win 14 games, and maybe a playoff win for the first time in what, 20 years?

    4) Get over it about the Superman pose and towel. These things don’t bother his teammates. Most fans (including me) aren’t crazy about them, but if that works for him and his teammates are fine with it, I can be fine with it.

    Bottom line, you despise Cam because he got in trouble his first year of college and his dad tried to make money off him before his third year. Don’t you think it’s time to move on and hate somebody new?

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