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Steve Smith says Cam Newton has gone “from playing checkers to playing chess”

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After a breakout rookie season, Cam Newton has struggled to find consistency over the past two seasons.

After a 1-3 start to the season, it didn’t appear as though much had changed for the Panthers’ offense with Newton at the helm. However, after two victories and two strong outings from Netwon, there is optimism that Newton may have finally turned the corner.

Newton completed 35 of 43 passes for 446 yards over the past two weeks with four touchdowns and no interception in victories over the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams.

Receiver Steve Smith says Newton has taken a step forward with his understanding of the game.

“He’s gone from playing checkers to playing chess,” Smith said, via Rich Hollenberg of the NFL Network.

Smith has been one of the beneficiaries of Newton’s performances. He’s caught 10 passes for 90 yards over the past two weeks and caught a touchdown pass in each game.

Newton has always has the physical tools to be a star at the quarterback position. He’s completed 81-percent of his passes over the last two games and carried 19 times for 56 yards and a touchdown as well. If he can continue to make strides with the mental aspect of the game, the Panthers may be able to find themselves playing in January.

 

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34 Responses to “Steve Smith says Cam Newton has gone “from playing checkers to playing chess””
  1. onebucplace says: Oct 22, 2013 11:02 PM

    Then he punched him in the face for telling a ‘your momma’ joke. For the record in this case I side with Smith.

  2. sandman34rt says: Oct 22, 2013 11:05 PM

    I like it Steve, keep feeding this egomaniac Newton compliments and he’ll def be looking your way more often.

    Need you to step up this week with a td

  3. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 22, 2013 11:09 PM

    Scam’s still in the league?

  4. TheNaturalMevs says: Oct 22, 2013 11:10 PM

    He’s the same player now as he’s been since he entered the league: impressive, dominant, something the game has never quite seen before.

    Literally, his stats aren’t that different. He will have up weeks and down weeks like all QB in the NFL do. Even the great ones.

    He’s a great QB and the buzz otherwise is generated by the media.

  5. blacknole08 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:13 PM

    Cam has definitely improved, but out defense has been playing chess with opponents all year. Our front 7 is highly underrated.

  6. qdog112 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:17 PM

    It helps that he now has a defense that can keep points off the board. It seems the Panthers have abandoned the tricks plays and are playing football that keeps them out of 3rd and long.

    Rivera’s back is against the wall, so he’s playing to win and not to, not lose. They can’t have a setback against the Bucs Thursday. I expect the sacks to equal or exceed Glennon’s jersey number.

    Panthers want R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  7. 90spartan says: Oct 22, 2013 11:19 PM

    No, he’s still playing checkers. It’s just that the Vikings are playing Candyland.

  8. barneyrumble says: Oct 22, 2013 11:20 PM

    Problem is, Cam just started playing chess and Matty Ice and Cool Brees have been playing chess for years.

  9. raiderapologist says: Oct 22, 2013 11:23 PM

    Those are nice stats, unless it’s over a two-game span against the Vikings and Rams.

  10. scmems07 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:23 PM

    Ok, he has 3 wins this year against the 1 win giants, the 1 win Vikings and the 3 win rams, 3 of the worst teams in the nfl, why don’t you write a story about how cam has only 4 wins against teams with winning records in his 3 years in the league. Last year it was the defense, well they have a top five d this year and holding their opponents to 13 pts a game and still can’t beat a playoff contender.

  11. phelbin says: Oct 22, 2013 11:32 PM

    Wait a minute…so in those TWO games Steve Smith averaged 5 catches for 45 yards. And Cam averaged a very pedestrian 220 yards with 2 touchdowns in each game. And all that against two weak teams. How is that proof that Cam is breaking out?

    Man alive! The sports media types REALLY want Cam Newton to be the next big thing. But he’ll continue to disappoint. He just doesn’t have the mental makeup for it. He’s better than Jamarcus Russell and Vince Young, but not in the same league as Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

  12. rams1999 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:34 PM

    LOL Must be Preschool version of chess..lol.
    Smith needs to keep quiet. Hes slowly becoming a Chis Carter.

  13. jfleming34 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:35 PM

    @90spartan…your still playing a troll. Getta life

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 22, 2013 11:47 PM

    He’d play marbles, but he’s short a few.

  15. jodanjames23 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:48 PM

    He’s only had one bad game thus far. If Williams hadn’t fumble against Seattle we could have won. If the entire secondary wouldn’t have gotten hurt during the Bills game , we could have won. That’s two possible wins , but the QB gets too much credit and too much blame when the team is either winning or losing

  16. ghostofgilchrist says: Oct 22, 2013 11:52 PM

    “in victories over the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams”

    Well, time to start carving the bust…

  17. nfl4days says: Oct 23, 2013 12:07 AM

    I’m much more worried about Carolina than Atlanta. Cam has taken a huge step mentally and as a leader on that team.

  18. dino2997 says: Oct 23, 2013 12:19 AM

    The credit belongs to the defense not Cam Newton.

  19. richmondbolt says: Oct 23, 2013 12:19 AM

    S#it’s chess, it ain’t checkas!

  20. nirvana504 says: Oct 23, 2013 12:26 AM

    The Vikings & Rams aren’t The Packers & Seahawks

  21. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 23, 2013 12:40 AM

    I hope he starts playing football soon. After all, that’s what he’s being paid for.

  22. mythaimyke says: Oct 23, 2013 1:05 AM

    No he has always pointed to his CHEST! He’s a look at me guy! They have beat 3 teams with a combined record of 5-15! He is a B-U-S-T!! They will never win anything with him at QB!

  23. Passrusher says: Oct 23, 2013 2:33 AM

    And Steve Smith has gone from playing Grand theft auto 5 on Playstation , to Pac-man on Atari….

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 23, 2013 3:19 AM

    But can he win at 3-Dimensional Star Trek or Star Wars chess?

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 23, 2013 4:29 AM

    Too bad the only pieces left on the Cam Newton’s board are 8 pawns and 2 knights.

  26. kepickle says: Oct 23, 2013 5:44 AM

    lol NO look he Panthers aren’t playing we out to win & Cam’s passer rating is one of the best in the NFL check it out see

  27. tdubdizzle says: Oct 23, 2013 5:50 AM

    Must we forget that Cam Newton can’t win games on his own…

  28. tdubdizzle says: Oct 23, 2013 5:51 AM

    The Vikings and Rams…They’re not exactly the cream of the crop….

  29. jammer88 says: Oct 23, 2013 5:53 AM

    too funny. Both the Rams and Vikings are undoubtably some of the worst teams in the league and for steve smith to say that cam newton went from playing checkers to playing chess is crazy. It’s like saying little timmy went from playing in his sandbox to playing tiddlewinks.

  30. pilot2011 says: Oct 23, 2013 10:06 AM

    Panthers had #1 hardest schedule entering the season. The wins have have been blowouts. The losses have been close, (excluding AZ).

    Everyone keeps saying, “well its against the Giants, Vikings, and Rams”… You play who is in front of you. What about the Chiefs and 49ers? Their schedules are laughable.

    Cam haters will always be Cam haters, and 89 haters will always be 89 haters. But that hate is obviously rooted with jealousy or respect, either way, you wouldn’t be here commenting if it weren’t for their talent.

    Get a life little boys. Referencing Grand Theft and Pawn shops just prove a little more that 85% of the people on this website were born in the 1990’s.

  31. 49ers6rings says: Oct 23, 2013 12:01 PM

    Panthers had #1 hardest schedule entering the season. The wins have have been blowouts. The losses have been close, (excluding AZ).

    Everyone keeps saying, “well its against the Giants, Vikings, and Rams”… You play who is in front of you. What about the Chiefs and 49ers? Their schedules are laughable.

    Cam haters will always be Cam haters, and 89 haters will always be 89 haters. But that hate is obviously rooted with jealousy or respect, either way, you wouldn’t be here commenting if it weren’t for their talent.

    Get a life little boys. Referencing Grand Theft and Pawn shops just prove a little more that 85% of the people on this website were born in the 1990′s.

    ——————————————————–

    Hey I’m a Cam fan, but comparing my 9ers schedule to the cupcake schedule the Chiefs have played is mightily ignorant. We have played the Packers, Seahawks, Texans, Colts, Arizona, Rams, Titans. Harder than YOUR schedule and twice as hard as the CHIEFS. So get your facts straight.

  32. pilot2011 says: Oct 23, 2013 12:31 PM

    Point taken. My bad, all I saw was Jaguars and 49ers this weekend and I said something stupid… Deep down, I think I meant to say Broncos and Chiefs with laughable schedules.

  33. pantherfan294 says: Oct 23, 2013 1:05 PM

    Biggest difference is his offensive coordinator. While Shula might not be the right guy to put up gaudy stats and huge plays, he’s the right guy to win with a great defense behind him. Chudzinksi was coaching for a head coaching position and got too cute. He wanted his stats to look good and he wanted his team to look good doing it, but he didn’t care about the wins. Watching replays from 2011 and 2012, Chud often left Cam with no check-down receiver. This isn’t something Cam is learning to do, it’s something his coordinator didn’t give him before. You’re seeing the results of this change.

  34. missladychi says: Oct 23, 2013 4:14 PM

    I absolutely love Cam Newton! I use to love Steve until his hot head side started to show a little more than I could stand.

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