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Cam Newton says he has to be better in second half of games

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The Carolina Panthers have led at halftime of all four games this season and yet are just 1-3 at the quarter pole of their season.

Last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the Panthers led 6-3 at halftime but were unable to score during the second half as Arizona earned a 22-6 victory.

Cam Newton threw three interceptions in the game, including two in the fourth quarter. According to Steve Reed of the Associated Press, Newton understands he has to be better in critical situations late in the game if the Panthers want to win more games.

“If we are going to make this next step I’m going to have to step up my game in the second half,” Newton said.

Newton has completed just 20 of 40 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the second half of the their three losses to the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals. In their win over the New York Giants, Newton was 5 of 5 for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

He’s not sure why exactly the Panthers have faltered late in games, but he knows the way they’ve played so far this season isn’t good enough.

“I’m not sure,” Newton said. “I think it’s more on my behalf that I have to focus in and hone in on my skills and say ‘Look, let me focus more in the second half and get the job done.”

Over the next four weeks, the Panthers play teams with just four combined victories in the Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. If Newton and the Panthers can become more consistent offensively, they still have a solid opportunity to get back into the playoff conversation.

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15 Responses to “Cam Newton says he has to be better in second half of games”
  1. swaggyy says: Oct 10, 2013 3:11 AM

    First half too, Cam.

  2. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Oct 10, 2013 3:18 AM

    and eventually both halves!

  3. wearethesteelers says: Oct 10, 2013 6:16 AM

    “I’m not sure,” Newton said.

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Oct 10, 2013 6:33 AM

    Mike Shula is the only person I know of where a defense is blitzing you like crazy and you don’t call any screens, draws, or any blitz beating plays.

  5. mymanmccoy says: Oct 10, 2013 7:21 AM

    3rd year in the league and how many playoff appearances? Yeah, he’ll never get you where you want to be Carolina, he’s not that smart at all and is really not that good.

  6. gatorarms says: Oct 10, 2013 7:54 AM

    Stick a fork in them, they’re done. Another wasted year for Newton, Smitty, DeAngelo, and now Kuechly. All the talent to compete, zero HC/FO leadership.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2013 8:10 AM

    Scam wants to be Terrell Pryor when hr grows up, if he ever does.

  8. scmems07 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    they will run off 3 or 4 in a row against bad teams, the media will hype them as a playoff contender next year and cam as one of the best qb’s in the game and improving, then all this will repeat itself. Cam is at best average and that’s pushing it. Not finding too many cam apologist anymore outside of the obvious like moon, dungy and anyone else who sticks up for him and other qb’s like him for obvious reasons.

  9. bostoncollie says: Oct 10, 2013 8:17 AM

    Cam’s biggest obstacle is the play calling of Mike Shula. Panthers are going nowhere until they get rid of Rivera & his staff.

  10. virgiltab says: Oct 10, 2013 3:01 PM

    mymanmccoy says:
    Oct 10, 2013 7:21 AM
    3rd year in the league and how many playoff appearances? Yeah, he’ll never get you where you want to be Carolina, he’s not that smart at all and is really not that good.

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    Let’s see, If we are talking stats ( a playoff appearance wouild be one) he has none but they guy has the most passing yards, rushing yards and total touchdowns than any other QB in NFL history after their first 2 years and that is with ZERO help from his offensive line, WR’s, Offensive Co-ordinator or Head Coach.

    And Shula gives a new meaning to Offensive Co-Ordinator because what he is doing is truly Offensive!!!

  11. jimmyjames65 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:05 PM

    Mike Shula is the only person I know of where a defense is blitzing you like crazy and you don’t call any screens, draws, or any blitz beating plays. Maybe he needs fired.

  12. jimmyjames65 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:06 PM

    Unless he feels Cam wouldn’t be able to have the offense execute the plays.

  13. jimmyjames65 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:08 PM

    Maybe he’s being held back?

  14. jimmyjames65 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:14 PM

    Cam definitely has an arm. A major requirement in the NFL. If he can throw with accuracy, call plays, read defenses and be a leader. Then he is capable of making the HOF.

  15. ehawley01 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:25 AM

    “Cam definitely has an arm. A major requirement in the NFL. If he can throw with accuracy, call plays, read defenses and be a leader.”
    Cam is consistently overthrowing receivers downfield, yes, he has a cannon for a passing arm, but no accuracy at all! Has trouble reading defense alignments. But it also takes 10 other players on the field going in the same direction and the desire to win. That also appears to be lacking in Carolina!
    As I have said before, going to be a long season in Carolina!!! Same stuff different day!

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