The man who has an “S” under his shirt would like to put a “C” on the front of it.
According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Thursday that he’d like to eventually be a team captain.
“I recognize – and everyone knows around the league – when you’re a team captain that’s not just a patch on the jersey. You’re holding yourself to a higher standard with being accountable,” Newton said. “I’m going about it each and every day and trying to make that happen.”
It’s unclear when it will happen. Tackle Jordan Gross and receiver Steve Smith have had a hammerlock on the honor in recent years.
“You’ve got to look at the team as a whole,” center Ryan Kalil said. “I just think there’s guys who have been with the organization a lot longer that have been in that role for a long time. So it’s hard. There’s only two of them. I would say there’s a couple other guys that would be in that mix.
“But it’ll be a while before it transitions to somebody else.”
That’s hardly a ringing endorsement for Newton’s candidacy. Also, Gross recognizes that wanting it won’t necessarily result in getting it.
“I never came in saying I’m going to be a captain,” Gross said. “You look who it’s been and it’s usually . . . like [Julius Peppers] was a captain and he’s not a vocal guy. But he’s somebody that I loved looking at during games because it made me feel better.”
It’s unclear whether Newton inspires similar feelings during games. Newton has been criticized at times because, when things aren’t going well, he often seems sullen and withdrawn. Per Person, coach Ron Rivera called Newton “Mr. Mopeyhead” during his rookie season.
Maybe Newton can get an “M” on his jersey instead.