Rivera: Cam Newton “excited and nervous” about Norv Turner

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton‘s about to embark on his first NFL season without Mike Shula in some capacity, which will mean some more work for him as he learns new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system.

And he admitted to coach Ron Rivera that gave him pause, but in a good way.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he spoke briefly to his quarterback after Shula was fired and replaced by Turner, and that Newton recognized the historical implications.

“I had an opportunity to talk to him after we had hired Norv,” Rivera said. “I knew he was going to go in and meet with Norv and say hello, and I asked him, ‘How you doing?’ ‘Well Coach, I’m excited and nervous.’ I said, ‘What are you nervous about?’ He said, ‘Coach, think about what he’s done for Troy Aikman and those types of guys.’ So it was kind of cool to listen to the anticipation in his voice.”

They can say hello at this point, but it will be weeks before Turner’s allowed to get his hands on Newton and work on the new expectations, but Rivera said he’s hopeful for what it might mean for their offense.

“I think the biggest thing that Cam has to understand going into this is Norv’s not here to change him. Norv’s here to help him,” Rivera said. “That’s one of the things I know Cam got from that meeting with coach.

“It’s going to be different because Norv does things differently. So it’s going to be a challenge for him, but I know it’s one he wants.”

Shula was Newton’s quarterbacks coach his first two seasons, and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Rob Chudzinski left in 2013. They led the league in scoring and were 11th in yardage in 2015 en route to a 15-1 record and the Super Bowl, but ranked between 12th and 19th in scoring the other four years, and between 16th and 26th in total yardage.

8 responses to “Rivera: Cam Newton “excited and nervous” about Norv Turner

  1. Philip Rivers and Cam(eron) Newton a/k/a “AceBoogie” a/k/a “Superman” are two completely different QBs. And now that J-Stew (Jonathan Stewart) is no longer welcome in Cam-rolina (read: the ole “age 32 cut”), will McCaffrey be able to bulldoze his way into the end zone?

  2. Given that the Panthers front office imbroglios are now looking worse than the Cleveland Browns,Cam Newton is going to need all the help he can get on a team that might be a complete mess next year.

  3. Say what you want about Norv Turner as a head coach, if it’s negative and snarky it’s probably true, but as an OC he’s one of the best in the business. Cam is going to BALL next season!

  4. The key to Cam’s success has always been an outstanding defense. Cam, like most QB’s are not at their best when under pressure. The scoreboard dictates pressure. It’s not an O-Line issue, or lack of explosive offensive weapons around him. It’s all about looking up at the scoreboard and knowing you’re in the lead. Then Cam plays like an MVP. He’s the epitome of a QB who’s bad under pressure. When your team is winning, you’re not pressured into making bad plays. It’s simple, but most “experts” haven’t figured it out. I love Norv Turner, but keeping that LB healthy is much more important.

  5. No worries, Cam.
    Norv will pack his bags the 1st time anyone pushes any offense authority over his opinion.

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