Cam Newton: Offense isn’t “instant grits,” it takes time


The Panthers offense bounced back from a terrible outing against the Saints in Week Three with their best effort of the season in Sunday’s 33-30 victory over the Patriots.

The balanced effort saw Cam Newton run for one touchdown and throw for three more, including one on a short pass that Fozzy Whittaker took to the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown. Whittaker wound up open because the defense keyed on Christian McCaffrey motioning to the other side of the field. Newton faked to McCaffrey to set the stage for the kind of play the Panthers talked about a lot this offseason.

After the game, Newton said that the offensive performance was a sign that things are falling into place and noted that there aren’t shortcuts to getting the full package in place.

“Well, it’s not about what a lot of people think because a lot of extracurricular activity, especially throughout the week, but it just takes time,” Newton said in comments distributed by the Patriots. “People have to realize — I have to realize it — it takes time. Anything great — this offense isn’t cereal or quick grits or instant grits — this is a full on entree and we have to prepare it that way. Knowing moving forward, we’ve got impact players and play makers that when you give them the ball or give them opportunities to make plays they will do it.”

As we learned in My Cousin Vinny, no self-respecting Southerner eats instant grits so the Panthers will have to wait for everything to come together in its time. Sunday was a good sign and doing it again next week in Detroit should mean it’s about time to ring the dinner bell.

27 responses to “Cam Newton: Offense isn’t “instant grits,” it takes time

  1. Scoring in the 30s on the Patriots is becoming no great feat this season. That Pats D is in trouble.

  2. Pats D is the perfect remedy for all that ails any offense.

    High school teams would put 30 up on them easily. This is on course to be one of the worst defenses of the modern era.

    Its painful watching them right now because every time the opposition gets the ball, no matter where it is on the field, you expect it to end in either 7 or 3 points.

    Truly woeful.

  3. I’m a Pats fan but, right now, if you have an offense that’s struggling, just play the Pats, you’ll put up big numbers for sure. At least for a week, then you might face a real NFL defense and crash back to reality!!!

    The ONLY reason why the Pats are 2-2 is simply because we have Tom Brady at QB. If we had a ‘normal’ QB at the helm the Pats would be 0-4.

    The corners and safeties were ‘communicating’ with each other until the ball is snapped yesterday…which means they don’t have a clue, first, what their job is on the field and, second, what’s coming their way. Sad state of affairs in NE right now on defense!!!

    Congrats to the Panthers on the win.

  4. pantherfan4life says:
    October 2, 2017 at 8:48 am
    Pats fans kept asking when will they start pounding…

    Uh, no we didn’t. Try reading the posts above yours. We know our D sucks at the moment.

  5. Cam “choking again?” With 300+ yards passing and a hand in all 4 TDs, I don’t think so. The only choking going on is the Patriots’ front office when they give Stephon Gilmore his check every week.

  6. I’ll echo what the other Patriots fans are saying. The D stinks! Historically bad. They better get on the same page quickly or they won’t make it out of the 1st round of the playoffs unless they play the Steelers!

  7. TheDPR says:
    October 2, 2017 at 8:24 am
    Scoring in the 30s on the Patriots is becoming no great feat this season. That Pats D is in trouble.

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    Heard the same thing in 2014.

    The Pats D won the game with 2 turnovers and a sack, almost in FG range to ice it, at the end of the game.

    Carolina’s D is arguably worse.

    As poor as the secondary as been, it’s almost the same personnel as last year, if not better in certain areas like on the D Line with rookies like Wise and Butler playing well.

    This is a coaching issue, not a talent level issue, so it’s only a matter of time before continuity kicks in.

    No idea what Gilmoer’s deal is or McCourty’s for that matter. And, Hightower only took 37 snaps yesterday as they ease the captain of the defense back in.

    But 3-1 or 2-2 is typical for NE through Sept.

  8. I trust Bill to get it fixed. In the mean time I’ll eat a big pile of crow this week. Good win for Panther fans; congrats; no offense to them, but I still just don’t think you can get there with Newton. Way too erratic, but hey, time will tell.

  9. Not sure he should say that considering how bad the Pats defense is this season. However, he does have talent and him losing Olsen is forcing him to be more creative with his routes not a big fan of his, but it is dumb to say he isn’t among the best qbs in the league.

  10. Carolina played a great game. You have to believe that the failure to appreciate the draft is starting to affect the Patriots. Poor draft picks, poor draft positioning and the trading away of draft picks for established players was eventually going to hurt them. Guess they think that Brady will pull them through enough to hide the flaws since he has done so for so long.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 10:36 am
    Congrats to Roger Goodell and the Carolina Panthers on their win!

    Yeah, it was Goodell’s fault the D gave up 5.6 per carry and made Cam Newton look like Tom Brady. The D just isn’t on the same page right now, it’s that simple. Apparently not simple enough for you to understand but for most any other child to get it.

  12. Pat’s defense is going to take them out of even playoff contention if it doesn’t get shored up in a hurry. They should not be losing to teams like the Panthers.

  13. C’mon – is anybody who actually follows football convinced that the Pats aren’t gonna find a way to fix the defense and win the division, again?!

    I mean, the smart money is on Bill Belichick (and Tom Brady), folks. Has been for so long it hurts me…

  14. BringBackTheFlex says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    “It takes time”

    WTH were you doing in the preseason?

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    Recovering from shoulder surgery. Please keep up.

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