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Cam Newton says season not a wash at 1-4

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Cam Newton took some time to step away from football last weekend, but came back from his bye with a new focus, after a long talk with his father about handling his responsibilities the right way.

The Panthers quarterback’s stats aren’t that far off his rookie pace (at least they weren’t prior to being mugged by the Seahawks), and the 1-4 record he carried into the bye is identical to last year’s at the same point. But he admitted he’s struggling to handle the pressure that comes with losing, after being part of three championship teams in college, and never having a losing record until he was drafted.

“One thing he said was it’s easy for a leader to stand out when you’re 4-1,” Newton said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “But it takes a courageous leader to stand up and still lead the troops to victory when you’re 1-4.

“Looking back at my career, it’s easy for a person just to say, ‘Yeah you won.’ But I think I got kind of veered off of what it took for me to get to that level. Just the small things, preparing for each and every game, valuing each and every possession.

“And at the end of the day, playmakers are going to have to make plays. When that play allows for something to happen, it’s not a time for somebody to clutch up and go in a shell. It’s time for the flower to grow.”

Newton needs as much help with footwork as metaphors, and needs to get there quickly. Of course, he’d benefit from a consistent offensive approach — which he hasn’t had this season — but insists the Panthers aren’t out of it despite their ugly start.

“I think it’s a big challenge for everybody to see what we can do because everything is still possible,” Newton said. “The season is far [from] a wash. It’s time for us to prove it. There’s a lot of expectations going into this season. And for us to get the vibe going and pick up the vibe for this whole season, it’s just going to have to start this game.”

The Panthers host the Cowboys this weekend in a battle of struggling teams, one which might be decided by which quarterback better handles the burden of expectations, since neither Newton nor Tony Romo has this year.

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15 Responses to “Cam Newton says season not a wash at 1-4”
  1. romosmicrodongs says: Oct 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    you at least have to applaud cam for taking enough responsibility to determine what he needs to change about himself to become better. mature move.

  2. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Oct 18, 2012 10:59 AM

    ““Looking back at my career, it’s easy for a person just to say, ‘Yeah you won.’ But I think I got kind of veered off of what it took for me i get to that level. Just the small things, preparing for each and every game, valuing each and every possession.”
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    And here is the difference between a quarterback like Cam Newton and a quarterback like Russell Wilson. Cam can’t prepare for his second season, Russell’s biggest fear in life is not being prepared. Who’s going to have the better career?

  3. blueishgreenbirds says: Oct 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    It’s also easy to see who’s not a leader when you get scolded by teammates for sulking on the sidelines.

  4. sj39 says: Oct 18, 2012 11:07 AM

    No but it can get very ugly, very quickly when the win/loss totals are that lopsided.

  5. tremoluxman says: Oct 18, 2012 11:12 AM

    Winning shows your personality; losing reveals your character.

  6. 1uniquename says: Oct 18, 2012 11:20 AM

    I just traded Eli for Cam yesterday (I also got Isaac Redman in the deal) and I am hoping for more of the same if not better. After this game his schedule gets MUCH weaker and I could see him putting up some huge numbers the rest of the season. Eiher way if he just keeps doing what hes doing he will still put up about the same as Eli even if hes considered to be underperforming. Kids a baller and its time to unleash the beast.

  7. steviemo says: Oct 18, 2012 11:21 AM

    A “wash” is a break-even. A “washout” is a total loss.

  8. 3000ft2glory says: Oct 18, 2012 11:22 AM

    ‘And here is the difference between a quarterback like Cam Newton and a quarterback like Russell Wilson. Cam can’t prepare for his second season, Russell’s biggest fear in life is not being prepared. Who’s going to have the better career?’

    Is this guy just a troll or does he actually think Russell Wilson is a better QB than Cam Newton? Wilson has thrown for 1100 yards through 5 games, which is flgood for 30th in the league. Cam was the first rookie ever to throw for more than 4k yards. He also broke the NFL record for rushing tds for a QB while rushing for more than 700 yards. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Oct 18, 2012 11:50 AM

    @ 3000ft2glory

    You know the only Newton STAT that matters? The 6 wins he had last year, everything else is for fantasy football people. Wilson is already at 4 wins, if he gets to 7 than he is better than Cam Newton something to keep in mind.

  10. nfloracle says: Oct 18, 2012 12:07 PM

    I’d suggest talking less to Papa Newton and talking more to teammates with fire in the belly like Steve Smith. A sports psychologist isn’t a bad idea either, though I wouldn’t recommend using the same one as Coach Rivera.

  11. 3000ft2glory says: Oct 18, 2012 12:22 PM

    @dmvtransplant

    Oh that’s right – forgot they give out all the awards in the NFL when a team reaches 7 wins. Pretty sure the Seahawks defense has ALOT more to do with their record than Wilson.

  12. 3000ft2glory says: Oct 18, 2012 12:28 PM

    Dmvtransplant says

    “You know the only Newton STAT that matters? The 6 wins he had last year, everything else is for fantasy football people. Wilson is already at 4 wins, if he gets to 7 than he is better than Cam Newton something to keep in mind.”

    Oh ok – so by that logic Russell Wilson is better than Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Big Ben…..because he has more wins than they do. Makes alot of sense.

  13. KIR says: Oct 18, 2012 12:46 PM

    @dmvtransplant

    And the defense doesn’t have anything to do with it wins and loses, right? lol The Panthers might have the worst D Coordinator in the league.

  14. 808gopackgo says: Oct 18, 2012 4:18 PM

    It’s time for that flower to grow…

  15. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 18, 2012 9:06 PM

    I get it. Season not over yet but this will likely be a dissapointing season in most Panther fans eyes.

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