Ron Rivera thinks time off will help Cam Newton

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The Panthers announced that quarterback Cam Newton is going to be out of action for a few months after making the decision to have shoulder surgery to address lingering pain from the 2016 season.

The timing of the decision has drawn some scrutiny as Newton played out the string last season despite the shoulder issue. General Manager Dave Gettleman said Newton wanted to play and the medical staff said he could to explain the team’s decision. Coach Ron Rivera noted that there’s a general aversion to having your quarterback undergo surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary while adding that he thinks the offseason sets up to be a positive for Newton.

“I think the rest will be good for him. I think it’ll help to clear his mind and refocus. I think part of it also is rebuilding that confidence,” Rivera said to Judy Battista of NFL Media. “I think his confidence was shook. I think there were a lot of things that went on last year that did create that situation for him to feel that way, starting with the offensive line.”

How much the 2017 offensive line will inspire confidence remains to be seen as its strength is somewhat contingent on new left tackle Matt Kalil, last year’s original left tackle Michael Oher and center Ryan Kalil returning to both health and form. If they don’t, peace and mind will be in short supply in Carolina’s pocket once again.

10 responses to “Ron Rivera thinks time off will help Cam Newton

  1. The only thing that will help Cam Newton is a heart installation, because he doesn’t have one.

  2. Cam Newton seems to have his share of detractors but I’m not one of them. I’ve grown to like the guy as both a Quarterback and a person. I think Newton has matured rapidly as a person and is a real leader on the field.

  3. SteveQuinn19 says:
    Mar 27, 2017 9:54 AM
    Cam Newton seems to have his share of detractors but I’m not one of them. I’ve grown to like the guy as both a Quarterback and a person. I think Newton has matured rapidly as a person and is a real leader on the field.

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    What evidence do you have that he has matured or is a leader? I would say his refusal to attempt recovery of his own fumble in the SB is evidence against both your points.

  4. “I think the rest will be good for him. I think it’ll help to clear his mind and refocus. I think part of it also is rebuilding that confidence,”

    Here’s the problem Ron, his mechanics/fundamentals (Foot Work…!) are average at best…so you’re okay with your starting QB being confident over being competent.

    Blake Bortals sucks but at least he goes out to CA to work with QB experts vs. making commercials.

    Panther fans enjoy the .500 season,

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