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Cam Newton: Our expectations are sky-high

Panthers Football AP

We know that the guy who snaps the ball to Cam Newton has designs on a grand finish to the Panthers season, but we haven’t heard much on that front from Newton since Ryan Kalil took out his newspaper ad.

Newton wasn’t willing to match Kalil’s prediction during an interview on WFNZ in Charlotte. He did say that he’s fine with the team putting high expectations on itself as long as they realize that they need to focus on each step along the way in order to fulfill them.

“One thing that we’re going to have to do is focus on this first preseason. We just have to take one step at a time and, like Coach Rivera said, we have to compete,” Newton said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “It’s a lot of expectations that we have to live up [to] … but if your expectations are bigger than ours, then I feel like, first off, we’re already starting off on the wrong foot. I think the expectations on this football field are sky-high.”

While the Panthers certainly have work to do to fulfill those expectations, it’s certainly the right approach to take for the season. After improving by five four wins last year, the Panthers won’t be able to sneak up on anyone this year and they’ve adjusted their attitude to that new reality. Another five-win jump might not be in the cards, but contention for at least a playoff spot feels like it is within the team’s reach.

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16 Responses to “Cam Newton: Our expectations are sky-high”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 9, 2012 5:19 PM

    RGIII is better and will rout the Panthers in November brother!!

  2. dacapt704 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:20 PM

    Actually we only increased by 4 wins, not 5 (2-14 to 6-10) but dont let a little thing like FACTS get in the way….

    GO PANTHERS!! Playoff bound (IDGAF who thumbs down either) this year!

  3. pantherparty says: Aug 9, 2012 5:23 PM

    They improved by 4 wins, not 5.

  4. madenatewell says: Aug 9, 2012 5:27 PM

    ** Panthers were 2-14 in 2010
    ** they were 6-10 last year

    ** 6 – 2 = 4

    4 win improvement, not five. Although we’ll take your fifth win and apply towards losing both N.O. games.

  5. dionoil says: Aug 9, 2012 5:30 PM

    They imoroved by 4 wins last year, not 5. You’re welcome for my nitpicking.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:37 PM

    Well, it was a 4-win improvement, not 5, but that’s nit-picking.

    What I’m getting worried about is having enough players. Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, Brandon Hogan, Josh Norman, and Steve Smith all missed a practice earlier this week. Nothing serious, we are told.

    But they’ve missed practice all week now. Nothing serious, we are told.

    Now none of them are going to play Saturday. Nothing serious, we are told.

    Next, they’ll all miss next week’s game. Nothing serious, we will be told. Then they’ll miss the entire preseason. Nothing serious, we will be told.

    Does this sound familiar? It should. It’s the exact same script as Jeff Otah’s last 3 camps here. After weeks and weeks of him being out and us being told it was nothing serious, then he goes on IR. Started in 2010, again last year, and again this year until we tried to trade him and then cut him.

    I smell a rat. An injured rat.

  7. jason1980 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:47 PM

    Will somebody tell this guy to SHUT UP! When the Panthers can win more than 6 games in a season then we’ll listen to his “high hopes”. The Panthers…..C’mon Man!!

  8. pnthrz1 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:52 PM

    hulkhogansays says: Aug 9, 2012 5:19 PM

    RGIII is better and will rout the Panthers in November brother!!

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    I’m happy the Deadskins have hope. Until you see RGIII on the field, that’s all you’ve got, hope.
    Who knows, maybe he will be half as good as Cam and you’ll make the playoffs, bwabahahahaha.

  9. youcantquitmebaby says: Aug 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    As a Panthers fan since the inaugural season, I don’t know if I’ve ever been as excited for a season as I am for this one. After living through 1-15 and 2-14 seasons, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This team could be something special.

    KEEP POUNDING!

  10. panthersftw says: Aug 9, 2012 6:39 PM

    you know, i was really rooting for RGIII. But all these redskins fans are getting annoying.

    Cam had the greatest rookie season in NFL history. And these skins fans are saying RGIII is better? Without playing a snap? If RGIII is 75% of what Cam was i will be impressed. But there is no way he will be better.

  11. fastfreddy22 says: Aug 9, 2012 6:40 PM

    Im a bills fan but even I know Cam Newton = Thourobred athlete and or football god

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Newt is going to worry about the first preseason before he starts thinking about the second or third preseasons. Doesn’t want to get too many preseasons ahead of himself. Or feet. If they start on the wrong foot and take it one step at a time, they’ll always be on the wrong foot. Even when it’s the right foot they’re stepping on. Simple, really.

  13. echoniner111 says: Aug 9, 2012 7:02 PM

    RGIII is better than Cam comments has started already?

    WoW, can you imagine what itll be like when he completes his first pass.

    Remember, just because hes got a fun little nickname and you like to say it, hes still has to line up in front of 11 men and make plays.

    This isnt Baylor opponents!!!! This is the best of tha best!

    PS …. keep in mind what opponents Auburn faced (SEC)!!

    just sayn! ! RGIII couldn’t hold Cams jock strap!

  14. derekjude says: Aug 9, 2012 7:23 PM

    Cams got hiS head up high, I like that. Tampa isn’t gonna sit down this year, the division is gonna come down to them and carolina. I love the nfc rivalry games

  15. mrwillie says: Aug 9, 2012 9:08 PM

    RGIII is better and will rout the Panthers in November brother!!

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    I have been to the last 2 Redskin beatdowns in Charlotte, and I will be in DC this year for number 3. Don’t hold your breath bub.

  16. fafafuey says: Aug 9, 2012 11:23 PM

    As a panther fan I am optimistic for this team going forward but a realist for this upcoming season. With a tough schedule and no depth (especially on d) the Panthers would do good to win 8 games this year.

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