Norv Turner: We’re trying to eliminate Cam Newton’s “peaks and valleys”

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The Panthers are under new ownership after the sale of the team to David Tepper formally went through earlier this week, but that’s not the only significant change in Carolina.

They’ve also made significant alterations to the offense. Norv Turner is in as offensive coordinator and they have added three wide receivers and running back C.J. Anderson to a complement of skill position players that also includes tight end Greg Olsen and running back Christian McCaffrey. Quarterback Cam Newton remains in place, although Turner is clear that he hopes to see some differences from him this season.

“But the one thing that I think when you look at it that we’re going to work hard to help him is, he has a large number of games where his quarterback rating is as high as anyone’s is,” Turner said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian. “It’s in the high 90s, low 100s. But in the middle of that, of a 16-game season, he has four or five games where that rating is not very good. And that, obviously, makes your average not as good as you’d like. So what we’re going to try to work hard for is eliminate the peaks and the valleys and try to, on a weekly basis, make it more consistent. And I think that’ll help us, offensively, be more consistent and certainly will help him.”

Increased consistency and precision passing from Newton have been frequent topics of conversation around the Panthers as the quarterback prepares for his eighth NFL season. The results of those efforts will determine whether Carolina’s offense moves in a new direction and should loom large over the team’s overall success for the year.

35 responses to “Norv Turner: We’re trying to eliminate Cam Newton’s “peaks and valleys”

  1. With Norv’s patented mix of running on every first down and only passing in must pass situations, he is going to ensure Newton has no peaks ever again.

  2. Wow! The Barneys are especially salty today.
    Just because Norv couldn’t wait to get out of The Land of lots of Lakes, there’s no reason to throw shade at him.

  3. I know Norv isn’t a Professor of Logic or anything, but when you “eliminate the peaks and valleys”, you end up with an average, which for Newt has hovered just above mediocre over his 7 NFL seasons. Worse completion rate and passer rating over that time than Derek Anderson managed with the same players around him.

  4. Is it possible for a QB to improve at Cam’s age? Yes. Is it likely? No. It might have helped to draft a quarterback who could threaten his sense of security and motivate him.

  5. “Wow! The Barneys are especially salty today.
    Just because Norv couldn’t wait to get out of The Land of lots of Lakes, there’s no reason to throw shade at him.”

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    There’s plenty of reason to “throw shade” when an Offensive Coordinator is sold to its fan base as “innovative, creative, wise..”, then one witneses him install and run an offense that Aikman and Emmitt ran in 1995!

  6. Norv Turner peaks about once a decade when he finds his way onto a loaded team that he played no role in assembling. The valley comes shortly after that team in unceremoniously jettisoned from the playoffs.

  7. “then one witneses him install and run an offense that Aikman and Emmitt ran in 1995!”

    He left Dallas to coach the Skins in 94, but I understand what you meant.

  8. There’s plenty of reason to “throw shade” when an Offensive Coordinator is sold to its fan base as “innovative, creative, wise..”, then one witneses him install and run an offense that Aikman and Emmitt ran in 1995!
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    Uh… Norv was in Washington by then… he left the same year Jimmeh and Jerrah divorced.

  9. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    I understand wanting to eliminate the valleys, but why would you want to eliminate the peaks?
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    I understand the nature of the question – unfortunately you can’t have peaks without valleys. They sort of define each other.

  10. I remember Norv from his Washington days – his team was like “ground hog day” every game. Same problems. Same situations. Nothing was fixed. I fail to see how Norv makes Cam Cheating into a man.

  11. OK I’ll take the fastball down the middle: “Are they going to teach him how to dive on a fumbled football”?

    you took the pitch…so strike one?

    should have swung.

  12. “Newton is now 29 years old, he is who he is, a major underachiever.”

    Yeah, he’s only got an MVP award, a ROY award, a Heisman trophy, a college football championship ring, an NFC title, four playoff appearances in the last five years…despite not really having anybody to throw to aside from Greg Olsen.

  13. vikings1234 says:
    July 12, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    July 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm
    I understand wanting to eliminate the valleys, but why would you want to eliminate the peaks?
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    I understand the nature of the question – unfortunately you can’t have peaks without valleys. They sort of define each other.
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    True, but if you eliminate the valleys, you flatline at the level of the peaks. If you eliminate both, you flatline at mediocre.

  14. I really hope Norv succeeds despite quitting on the Vikes in 2016.

    And a cheeser trashes Vikings fans for being salty cause their offensive coordinator quit on their team mid-season rather than accept suggestions from other coaches and players? If that happened in WI, to avoid the wrath of the fans, the coach would have had to enter the witness protection program. Look how they treated Bennett last year after he left the team due to a legitimate injury.

  15. If like TB12 (Tom Brady), Cam(eron) wants to play until age 45, then he needs to STOP RUNNING and orchestrate from the pocket. M’boy Marcus (Mariota), please heed this call because I want to see you, too, play until age 45.

  16. joetoronto says:
    July 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Newton is now 29 years old, he is who he is, a major underachiever.

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    RoY and rookie passing record, 3 division titles + 1 wild card, a League MVP and a SB appearance and an weighted career AV of 95 all by age 28 at a position where players peak extend well into their 30’s. And he’s only missed 3 games due to injury in his career, including after a traffic accident.

    If only all high draft picks were such “underachievers”…

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