Rivera: Evolution of our offense has been the evolution of Cam Newton

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The Panthers have won their last 11 regular season games, a streak that started when the team was 3-8-1 last year and coincided with a decision to run more no-huddle on offense.

Going that route put more responsibility on quarterback Cam Newton to identify defensive looks and make offensive play calls that would work well against them. That part of the game hasn’t usually been the first thing that comes to mind when watching Newton make the athletic plays that have filled his highlight reel over the years, but the Panthers credit his ability to handle that job with making their offense go.

“The evolution of our offense, has been as much the evolution of Cam,” Rivera said, via Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com.

Rivera estimated that Newton is charged with making a call about what play to run about 70 percent of the time, which he calls not much different than what you have seen with Peyton Manning in terms of being out of the shotgun, having to look at defenses and make determinations.”

That’s a lofty comparison, obviously, and Newton’s passing isn’t at the same level of Manning’s golden days even when you take supporting casts into account. Much like Manning’s teams over the years, though, the Panthers are only going to go as far as Newton can take them.

There’s a lot left to learn about that destination with half of the regular season still to play, which makes Newton’s continued evolution one of the league’s more interesting storylines for the next few months.

22 responses to “Rivera: Evolution of our offense has been the evolution of Cam Newton

  1. I was one of Cam Newton’s biggest doubters and critics when he was drafted. Then I started noticing some surprising (to me) things. The first was the way he called out Vince Young for not working hard and blowing his opportunity–saying that he would not be like that. As a Titans fan, that spoke to me.

    Yes, Cam had some maturity issues his first few years in Charlotte, but so did I at that age. And everything I’ve seen since his Vince Young statement shows me that Newton was serious about growing into a good leader. It’s happening before our eyes.

    – Charlotte Resident

  2. Best quote in that article comes from Cotchery and serves a dual purpose for those comparing Kaep’s numbers to Cam’s this year and wondering why Kaep is benched and Cam is in MVP conversation.

    Cotchery, “Even when the Colts kicked the [first] field goal in overtime, we felt good about where we were. I can’t really explain it,” veteran receiver Jerricho Cotchery says. “We believe in [Cam]. He has that belief in himself, and everyone on the team sees it—we play the same way that our quarterback plays.”

    I watched Kaep warming up for the seahawk game and knew they were going to lose.

  3. If he is making the reads at the line of scrimmage and the team is winning every game one would have to realize his progress is major plus for the team. Very few of the new QB’s are making this leap.

  4. If you watch the panthers on offense these days, Cam really milks the clock. Not in short gun as much but when he is under center, he constantly changes the plays. He has a very slow exaggerated cadence which I believe allows him to see the defense and make the proper adjustment. The panthers just refuse to rush things, even in the no huddle offense. Cam’s patience and ability to read defenses is really underrated..

    Kudos for bringing light to it. Cam is sooooo much more than a “running qb” this coming from a die hard steelers fan who could care less about Carolina, yet I am increasingly intrigued and taken aback everytime I watch the kid. Now 5 years in his career, Cam is NONE of the things he was described to be out of college

  5. I’m not a Newton fan, but he’s definitely going to be one of the faces of the future of the league plus I also picked the Panthers to win on Sunday because that Packers defense (pardon the pun) looked like swiss cheese with all of the holes it had against the Broncos and their offense looked mortal.

  6. I think credit also goes to Panthers Defense as well for a lot of those wins since last season to now. Cam has definitely mature and his progression is great. Hindered by KB being out for the season, only if that guy was available now…….
    Kudos to the entire organization! Keep Pounding!!

  7. 4TD and 6 INT is considered good in the past 3 games?

    Cam is still an immature punk who has an uncanny sense for when the camera is on him so he can engage in his minstrel act and celebrate first downs and talk smack to opposing Ds while hoping his team mates hold him back

    Cam will always care about his own brand and image than winning – he is still the same idiot as the one a year ago celebrating ‘his’ Superman celebration (real original BTW) when his team was getting blown out

  8. @blue18hutthutt – With SOOO many bad QB’s in the NFL are you really serious with your comments? Tom Brady talks more smack than any QB in the league and uh news flash EVERYONE celebrates in the NFL NO MATTER what the situation is!

  9. Evolution to what, he’s ranked 44th in QB rating, 44th!

    Another thing, wait till he faces adversity and then you’ll see that look, you know the look. He’s going to cry and sulk like he always does when things aren’t going well.

  10. sandersmarcus10 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:20 AM
    @blue18hutthutt – With SOOO many bad QB’s in the NFL are you really serious with your comments? Tom Brady talks more smack than any QB in the league and uh news flash EVERYONE celebrates in the NFL NO MATTER what the situation is!
    ———————————–

    Let me know when Brady or Manning runs out into the open field in front of the cameras to celebrate a first down

  11. Back in Cam’s first few seasons when he had huge stats but the Panther’s lost all the time — mostly because of bad to horrible defense, the detractors said “who cares about stats if you don’t win, the only one that matters is W’s”. Now his stats are bleh and the team is 7-0, and the detractors are bringing up QB rating, and other QB stats as what matters most in how they rate him. So whatever argument you need to flip-flop around on to feel better about yourself…you know, go ahead.

  12. blue18hutthutt says:

    Let me know when Brady or Manning runs out into the open field in front of the cameras to celebrate a first down
    __________________

    Please let me know the next time Manning rushes for a TD

  13. Everyone is different but I don’t see a great QB. As a team they are wining but I know the media loves to run him up a flag pole, but he really isn’t a very good passer, and I think that will hurt them a lot in crunch time. Just one thing about his passing, a lot of his throws are off his back foot and for most QB’s that is a big negative except for Newton for some reason. When he does it, they act like it is a feat of strength. He will need to learn to step into throws over time and he might. But right now, he is run 1st pass 2nd and that only lasts until he gets hurt, which running QB’s do, they always do. Let’s see what happens then.

  14. Let’s see any of a y’all can even throw a football 🏈…. #facts
    Cam is the man! And yes he may get injured and he already has been… 👀
    He just proved tonight that yes he has a throwing game…
    What you many fail to realize is Carolina as a team is playing smart football 🏈 give or take a few mistakes; they still win games even if they don’t go undefeated in the season they have potential to shut any NFL team which they’ve just proven.

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