Cam Newton on running less often: Do you ask a lion not to roar?

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The selection of running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the first two rounds of this year’s draft led to a lot of offseason discussion about the Panthers’ offensive plans for the 2017 season.

A lot of that discussion focused on getting the ball out of quarterback Cam Newton’s hands more quickly than in past years, which would allow receivers a chance to make plays after the catch as well as allow Newton to avoid some of the hits that lead to injury issues. The latter point has also been part of talk about Newton running the ball less often, although the quarterback didn’t sound like he’s planning any major changes on that front when asked about it on Thursday.

“That’s my edge,” Newton said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “You going to expect a lion not to roar?”

Adding shorter passes and less predictability to the offensive menu would seem to be a step in the right direction for the Panthers offense, but any gains there could be mitigated by taking away something that Newton has done very successfully during his career. As Newton said, his running ability gives him an edge that can be exploited to the team’s benefit so it’s likely to remain a central part of the offensive picture in Carolina.

30 responses to “Cam Newton on running less often: Do you ask a lion not to roar?

  1. I can see all those red zone plays for Christian McCaffery turning into a Cam Newton audible to a QB draw… no glory for anyone else!

    What do you think his 1st quarter/1st down celebrations are going to look like this year?

  2. I would expect a lion to roar.

    I would also expect a lion to fight for a steak that it had dropped-much unlike Cam and that football in the Super Bowl.

  3. Andy Dalton CAREER Statistics:

    22,214 yards – 142 td – 81 int

    33 fumbles

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Cam Newton CAREER Statistics:

    21,772 yards – 136 td – 78 int

    38 fumbles

  4. Panthers Offensive Script 1st 3 Drives
    1 – Run Left
    2- Read Option
    3 – Pass 10 yd Out (15′ high)
    4 – Punt
    5 – Run Right
    6 – Sweep left
    7 – Skinny WR Post – (drop)
    8 – Punt
    9 – Fly route – Sack
    10 – Draw
    11 – Deep In – (int)

  5. I would expect the lion to hunt, kill, and eat efficiently. The lion would expect Cam to try to get the funble. Cam expects us both to give him respect he has never earned.

  6. I tell you what, I wish he would run his mouth less, how about that? If he is trying to compare himself at all to lion then he compares to the one in the Wizard of Oz very nicely, he has no courage. He was exposed in the Super Bowl, wouldn’t even dive on a fumble in easily the biggest game of his career…..he’s heartless and then pouts after taking a L. WOW, what a guy, glad he’s not my qb.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 27, 2017 2:28 PM
    Andy Dalton CAREER Statistics:

    22,214 yards – 142 td – 81 int

    33 fumbles

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Cam Newton CAREER Statistics:

    21,772 yards – 136 td – 78 int

    38 fumbles

    Conveniently left out his rushing stats while hopelessly trying to compare an average player to Cam lol… Last i checked Rushing and TD’s was a stat am i right??

  8. I don’t blame him. He knows he’s not good enough to win games as a pure passer.

    His ego and his petulant attitude has kept, keeps and will keep the Panthers from winning a Super Bowl as long as he is there.

  9. Yeah, I remember that lion slinking back while a pack of hyenas stole his lunch in SB50. Team sport fool.

  10. Hmmm good point. I don’t expect lions to read defenses, be leaders (the female lion usually does all the work) or be accurate passers either.
    Now that Cutler is out of the league, Newton is the sole poster boy for having natural talent not being equivalent to being a good QB.

  11. If he wants to play RB, then he can’t complain about getting hammered on the play. Look at how Adrian Peterson would be gang tackled and mugged. Guys would hold him upright while another player would dive at his legs/knees.

    You sure you want that, Slick? Go for it.

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