Panthers go out of their way to say the obvious

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Only in a land populated by crazy people would the 100th pick in the draft be perceived as a threat to a guy on a $100 million contract who has an MVP on the shelf.

Then again — as we’ve written for years — Cam Newton makes people stupid.

After using their compensatory third-rounder on West Virginia quarterback Will Grier last night, Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera spent much of their midnight press conference talking about how it affected — or didn’t affect — Newton.

“Nothing to do with Cam,” Hurney said. “I said he’s our franchise quarterback. This is about depth and bringing in young guys and developing young guys. This has nothing to do with Cam Newton. Cam Newton is our starting quarterback and franchise quarterback. This is just about bringing in young guys to develop and depth.”

So, just to be clear, is this about Cam? Is he the franchise? Will he still be the starter?

Of course he is, and was, and will be. And the fact the Panthers had to specify whether they called Cam late Friday night to tell him (they didn’t) or whether Grier was pro-ready (such that anyone is) speaks more to the larger issues that surround the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Because he never fit in the preconceived quarterback trait box (and because of the unfortunate cultural reality), people have been picking Newton apart for what he isn’t since his days at Florida. He has done things along the way to invite some criticism, but never in proportion with his talents and skills — or the fact he was able to drag a team without great offensive talent to a national title at Auburn and to a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance with the Panthers.

Simply put, the Panthers needed to draft Grier because they hadn’t drafted a quarterback since Newton, and they lacked enough of a backup to be comfortable.

The fact Newton’s turning 30, has two years left on his contract, and is coming off shoulder surgery has created something of a local paranoia. But the kinds of people who think Grier is a replacement apparently don’t realize that good teams regard drafting backups as commodities as a strategy. The Patriots used seconds and thirds on Ryan Mallett, Jacoby Brissett, and Jimmy Garoppolo, and somehow Tom Brady remains; the same way Ben Roethlisberger has continued despite the additions of Mason Rudolph, Josh Dobbs, and Landry Jones with thirds and fourths.

“I think Cam understands that this is about depth at the position,” Hurney said.

That Hurney had to say it out loud suggests his fan base does not.

39 responses to “Panthers go out of their way to say the obvious

  1. you’re wrong. they are wrong.

    Cam Newton will demand a new contract after this season. the panthers will not think he is worth it. they can get out of his contract easily after this season. he is inconsistent and injury prone.

    you don’t draft a QB in the 2nd round for him to be a backup when your currnet QB situation is shaky.

    Cam Newton is GONE. Bengals, Ravens, or Titans are his landing spot in 2020.

  2. This is a major upgrade at QB for the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton’s prior 3 QBR rankings:

    2018: 20th
    2017: 19th
    2016: 25th

    He completed less than 60% of his passes over that time. .500 QB in that time. Physically, emotionally fragile. Panthers won’t say it, but they are considering moving on. If they have a brain, anyway.

  3. They shoulda dumped Cam the second he pulled up from that fumble in the Superbowl…One of the most cowardice acts ever witnessed on a football field…in the most important game of his career to boot!!!

  4. Tyree Jackson from buffalo should have been the pick, almost a clone of cam. #hornsup #ubfootball

  5. “15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance with the Panthers.”

    Carried by the Panthers Defense straight to the Super Bowl.

    Anyways, the rush to defend Cam says it all. No surprise some are rushing to prop him up, again part and parcel to the cultural reality and virtue signaling. The facts shows the win/loss shows, the stats show and Newton’s own actions show he is not nor was he ever a franchise QB. He is immature, not a leader and when he isn’t showboating after every single completed pass he is average at best.

    Grier was taken to groom and potentially replace Newton sooner rather than later. He already has more skills and talent so his shot is above average. Either way the Panthers have made it clear Newton is no longer in their long term plans. To deny and spin that is the real craziness.

  6. Honestly I don’t think any of it was “obvious.” May have been actually obvious, but you know why he did it? Because when a team drafts a QB, or anything else, the media spends days or weeks wondering if the team is moving on or creating competition when they aren’t. Sort of like…moving on.

  7. velociraptorwithscissors says:
    April 27, 2019 at 11:45 am
    This is a major upgrade at QB for the Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton’s prior 3 QBR rankings:

    2018: 20th
    2017: 19th
    2016: 25th

    He completed less than 60% of his passes over that time. .500 QB in that time. Physically, emotionally fragile. Panthers won’t say it, but they are considering moving on. If they have a brain, anyway.
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    From the beginning, Cam wanted to be “an icon” rather than lead his team or be great at his craft. He had all the potential in the world and has played exceptionally well at times but the superman demonstration, pimp-daddy suits, general attitude when things don’t go well all give the impression he would rather be famous than great. He is not a bad QB by any stretch but I’m not sure he will get that huge contract in Carolina if this kid Grier even hints at progressing

  8. People like Cam don’t need virtue signaling.

    Hes going to have HoF numbers with like 100 rushing TDs and very good passing accumulation stats.

  9. Since the merger, Newton is 3rd all time in combined rushes (929) and times sacked (285) at 1,214 non passing plays. He’s behind John Elway’s 1,290 combined rush+sack, and Randall Cunningham’s 1,259. That’s a lot.

  10. Newton didn’t deserve to be the NFL MVP (any award chosen by the media is worthless), he’s not worth 100 million and he admitted he did not want to recover his own fumble in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl because he was scared of getting hurt.

  11. “Only in a land populated by crazy people would the 100th pick in the draft be perceived as a threat to a guy on a $100 million contract who has an MVP on the shelf.”

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    Why would only crazy people believe this? I seem to recall a kid picked 199th in the draft that unseated Bledsoe and his then record ten-year, $103 million contract. Anything can happen. 🙂

  12. Newton is better than most starting qbs. He absoutely could be better, anyone not named Brady could be better. The fact is no matter how CN is he will NEVER be good enough for some people. I grew up in Charlotte & that is the way it is. Whatever anybody believes, he is a MVP winner & led his team to a 15 -1 record. Grier is special. We will see how it plays out but i wouldnt bet against CN becoming better.

  13. Comparing Cam’s stats to other QB’s is like comparing gas mileage of a pick up truck to gas mileage of a compact car. The pick up truck also hauls things. Cam gets 500+ rushing yds and 7 rushing TD per season when he plays 16 and has some insane amount of games where he rushes for a TD AND passes for one. Look at his ability to get you 3 yds with his legs on 3rd down.
    Don’t judge him by 1 play all the haters point at. Look at all the times he has sacrificed his body for points and yds.

  14. namingrights says:

    Don’t judge him by 1 play all the haters point at. Look at all the times he has sacrificed his body for points and yds.
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    That one play was in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. What was really stunning was his admission of why he cowered.

  15. Newton is a legit franchise QB, period, end of story. You can point out flaws, he’s had his lower moments along the way, but there is zero question that he belongs in that ‘fully-legit category’. He’s done some amazing things along the way and had more success than most QBs during his time.

    He’s playing in a ridiculous golden age of all-time-great QBs, and an age where scrutiny of everyone and everything is at an all-time high. Those don’t change the fact that he’s legit.

  16. I was utterly neutral to Cam and his hype before the 2015 season, in which he absolutely played out of his mind. But the fumble…and ESPECIALLY his post-SB press conference told me everything I need to know. In some ways I think it affected him, too — he’s never been the same guy since that game.

  17. The comments in this story prove what the story is saying. Hurney had to say what he said because too many people look at Cam’s suits and Cam’s persona and forget that he is a leader in the club house, his teammates love him, he gives a ton back to the community and he loves to win above most everything else.

  18. This isn’t about Cam so stop it. Listen to all of the coverage of this. It seems like every player drafted is destine to start week 1 and be a pro bowler. Even if you get drafted in the 4th round.

  19. Then again — as we’ve written for years — Cam Newton makes people stupid
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    And here we are, dozens of comments that prove the author to be 100% correct!

  20. Maybe he pans out, maybe not, but as Grier was a third round selection that mean that every team passed on him 2-3 times, in some cases more. Point is that Carolina response to reporters overdoing their need to create a story where none exists should be taken at face value. Third round choice means optimistic hopeful PROJECT.

  21. I’ve been ticked with the Panthers since the moment they drafted Newton. As someone succinctly put it, Cam is not a QB that can occasionally run, he’s a RB that can occasionally throw.

  22. Say what you want about Cam but he is 2-0 against Brady in his career. How many current QBs can say the same?

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