Panthers tell Cam Newton it’s OK to check down and go to the next play

AP

When Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner said in May that he thinks quarterback Cam Newton can have a completion percentage in the “mid- to high-60s” this season, many people responded with skepticism thanks to Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the course of his career.

One adjustment that could help push that number higher this season is related to the kinds of chances that the Panthers will ask Newton to take on the field. Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner told Albert Breer of SI.com that they want Newton to know that he doesn’t have to swing for the fences on every play.

“With him, on every play, we want to make sure he has a plan and he’s following that plan,” Turner said. “And to know checking down is OK. A lot of Cam’s issues have come because he’s so talented that he thinks he can make every play work. And sometimes, it’s just not there, so you check down and go to the next play. By holding the ball, sometimes he takes hits or falls into negative plays. Making decisions quick, getting the ball out of his hand, that’s where, when he improves, the consistency will come. We’re not trying to make him anything he’s not. We want him to be the best version of himself.”

Watching how this new approach takes form will be one of the leading storylines in the early part of the Panthers season. Newton has one MVP on his mantle and the Panthers went to the Super Bowl the year he won it, so the best version of him would be a major boost to Carolina’s hopes of success in 2018.

60 responses to “Panthers tell Cam Newton it’s OK to check down and go to the next play

  1. I’m happy that after seven years he has progressed to the point he can finally check down, but that “making decisions quick” thingy might baffle him. Then again, he made a quick decision to not dive on that fumble in the Super Bowl.

  2. mybigthirdleg says:
    June 18, 2018 at 10:33 am
    Does he really need to be told this?

    You must be new to football.
    How many hits has this guy taken because he WONT check down?

  3. He’s being reminded that he has one hell of a weapon that comes out of the backfield in McCaffrey. 80 catches in year one. Don’t forget that Norv has done some of his best work with pass catching backs. However, Cam had a great downfield target during his MVP year. Haven’t really had that lately.

  4. Yes, sometimes these guys need to be told this as they have been coached hard their whole life and never had to think for themselves.

    Rich Gannon used to be like this early in his career (Minnesota). The Raiders finally taught him to take what he can get and live for the next play.

  5. He’s not worried about the play bring successful, he’s more worried about the celebration afterwards.

  6. You keyboard warriors need to stop crying about Cam not jumping on his fumble during the Super Bowl. All you heroes would have done the same thing. It wasn’t worth risking injury, Cam could have got his knee blown out. Sometimes it’s best to live and fight another day. It’s just the Super Bowl. Cam will lead us to more. You internet tough guys seem to forget that Cam isn’t just a QB, he’s also a running back rolled into one. We need him healthy

  7. You internet tough guys seem to forget that Cam isn’t just a QB, he’s also a running back rolled into one. We need him healthy
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    So, you need him healthy so he can lead you to a SB and NOT jump on a fumble there to possibly try and win that game so he can stay healthy to lead you possibly to another one? Is that your line of thinking? If you’re playing the game not to get injured, you’re doing it wrong.

  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    June 18, 2018 at 11:23 am
    It’s okay to dink and dunk Cam.

    It’s more than OK, it’s how you win consistently. It’s how you make the playoffs 15 out of 17 years. It’s how you win a dozen Div titles in a row. Or you can showboat for highlight films.

  9. camsbiggestfan says:

    June 18, 2018 at 11:47 am

    You keyboard warriors need to stop crying about Cam not jumping on his fumble during the Super Bowl. All you heroes would have done the same thing. It wasn’t worth risking injury, Cam could have got his knee blown out. Sometimes it’s best to live and fight another day. It’s just the Super Bowl. Cam will lead us to more. You internet tough guys seem to forget that Cam isn’t just a QB, he’s also a running back rolled into one. We need him healthy
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    You Cam worshippers need to stop crying about us. Oh and Cam will never lead you to another super bowl!

  10. camsbiggestfan says:
    June 18, 2018 at 11:47 am
    You keyboard warriors need to stop crying about Cam not jumping on his fumble during the Super Bowl. All you heroes would have done the same thing. It wasn’t worth risking injury, Cam could have got his knee blown out.

    It’s a reaction play. You either do it, or you don’t.The hesitation and step back was all you needed to know about Cam. His impulse is to protect himself. Great players don’t think about the next game or even the next play while one is going on. He’s talented and has amazing physical gifts that allow him to play at this level, but in no way is he “great”.

  11. Cam is best suited for the big play with the big arm, he also needs to create with his legs, and he is very hard to stop if you use those things and tailor the gameplan to that, hence the 16-2 season they had. I think Josh Allen might fit the same mold but maybe not as athletic, his completion percentage wasn’t that great because he was slinging it 30, 40 yards downfield every play.

  12. I love Cam when he runs, when he throws, when he chews that blue gum, even when he whines. He is just fun to watch.

    Get your Dannon ready!

  13. lol, dejavu? this reminds me exactly of the 49ers, with Kaepernick. It’s not a rip, just an observation. sadly most Panther fans are in just as much denial as 9er fans with Kaepernick. Panthers will knock on the big fdoor again, but will fall short, because of one player…Cam

  14. camsbiggestfan says:
    June 18, 2018 at 11:47 am
    You keyboard warriors need to stop crying about Cam not jumping on his fumble during the Super Bowl. All you heroes would have done the same thing. It wasn’t worth risking injury, Cam could have got his knee blown out. Sometimes it’s best to live and fight another day. It’s just the Super Bowl. Cam will lead us to more. You internet tough guys seem to forget that Cam isn’t just a QB, he’s also a running back rolled into one. We need him healthy

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    It is an attitude like this that basically ensures Cam and his team will never win a SB. The goal is to win the SB. If you are playing in it, you do whatever it takes to win as you may not ever get another chance.

  15. Even if Cam would have picked up that fumble, there’s no guarantee that the Panthers would have won the Super Bowl. That’s what most of you haters seem to forget. The important thing is that Cam stayed healthy and gives us a chance for the next 10 plus years. If any of you keyboard tough guys lost your starting QB to a devastating injury, your season is basically over. Keep Poundin!

  16. You guys wish your QB had style and know how to dress like Cam! I know lots of ladies and men that watch Cam’s press conferences just to see what hot new outfit or hat he’s wearing and to get style tips!

  17. Scam Newton will always be all about him whether it’s his clothes, celebrations, complaining about hits or whatever. He’s a phenomenal physical talent that just can’t comprehend how to put the team ahead of himself. Sad.

  18. Teach him to dive for his own fumbles before you move on to something more complex like checking down….

  19. Carolinas offense wasn’t doing anything during the Super Bowl. It wouldn’t have mattered if Cam picked up that fumble or not. It’s not Cam’s fault we lost. We just didn’t get lucky that day. Get over it. The important thing is that Cam escaped serious injury on that play and now we have many more chances to win the Super Bowl. A healthy Cam strikes fear in opponents. Keep Poundin!

  20. I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the league who would’ve jumped on that fumble in the Super Bowl but because it’s Cam (for obvious reasons), the trolls just won’t quit.

  21. youngnoizecom says:
    June 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm
    I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the league who would’ve jumped on that fumble in the Super Bowl but because it’s Cam (for obvious reasons), the trolls just won’t quit.

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    I don’t think there is another QB who would not go for the fumble

  22. Checking down would require the ability to understand what your looking at from a defensive scheme…. Cam is a one play pony…he know the play called and runs it. and then runs if no one is open.

  23. I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the league who would’ve jumped on that fumble in the Super Bowl
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    Yeah cause its only the Super Bowl, not that important a game. Smh

  24. Heh, they had a great year, but that sure was strange that he didn’t jump on that loose ball. As others have already stated the obvious, Cam is best as a gunslinger not a dink and dunker, imo as well.

  25. If that was any other QB who jumped away from that fumble in the Super Bowl, the trolls would be saying how smart the QB was for protecting himself. Fortunately, YOUR QB wasn’t good enough to play in the Super Bowl!

  26. Drew Brees shredded his shoulder diving on a fumble in a meaningless game. Cam doesn’t have the chest;he’s a frontrunner.

  27. As a Panthers fan, sometimes the over-the-top Newton hate annoys me a little.

    Then I remember that he’s mostly hated because he’s so damn good and most fans wish he was the QB on their team.

  28. I would pay to see you trolls step in to Cam’s shoes during that fumble play in the SB. I would love to see what you would do with the football at your feet and 300lb grown men built like trucks running at you. What would you do you internet tough guys?

  29. Hey “camsbiggestfan”……….It was the FREAKIN’ SUPER BOWL!!! You do ANYTHING YOU CAN to win it which includes falling on a damn FUMBLE! By the way, being told he should be aware of checkdowns is embarrassing for a professional NFL QB! Unless the Panthers FINALLY have realized Cam just isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed!

  30. Like telling Cam that he doesn’t need to run when there’s a gaping hole for him to burst through lol

    Nice try.

  31. Cam’s a big guy and has absorbed a lot of punishment both taking hits as a passer and as a runner.

    Never struck me as a guy who’s afraid of contact.

    That’s what made the Super Bowl play so perplexing. In that situation, you have to fall on it. Only everything you’ve worked for on the line.

  32. Then I remember that he’s mostly hated because he’s so damn good and most fans wish he was the QB on their team.
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    Haha Cam’s career completion percentage is 58.5 as he’s always gotten by on pure athletics since high school. Also he sticks his tongue out as he’s crossing the end zone to try to rub it in which is very immature and the opposing fans see that. That’s more of a reason some fans dislike Cam.

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