Matt Rhule on Cam Newton: If we do this right, his best football is ahead of him

AP

Tuesday was a busy day on the Cam Newton front.

The quarterback posted a video that featured him saying that he’s looking for some commitment hours after a report indicated that the Panthers are encouraged by the way he’s been rehabbing after last year’s season-ending foot injury. Head coach Matt Rhule confirmed that during a visit with Mike Florio and Chris Simms on PFT Live.

Rhule said he “really likes the way [Newton’s] approaching rehab and said he thinks there are big things to come if the quarterback continues down this road.

“I’m really excited to coach Cam Newton,” Rhule said. “Just getting to know him, being around him, seeing the way he’s rehabbing, taking this seriously. I think if he does this right and we do this right, his best football is ahead of him.”

Rhule said he’s watched tape dating back to 2015 or so to see what the Panthers look like when they’re a winning team. That look featured heavy doses of Newton on offense, which would explain the excitement about the prospect of coaching him this year.

That might not represent the commitment that Newton is looking for and there’s both time and space for things to turn in the other direction, but the doors in Carolina appear to be open for the longtime starter to stick around.

14 responses to “Matt Rhule on Cam Newton: If we do this right, his best football is ahead of him

  1. Cam’s best football was when he was running over defenders and initiating contact. That phase of Cam’s career is over.

    If Rhule wants to bring back 2015 Cam Newton, the Panthers are in for a repeat of the last 2 years where Cam missed 16 games and should’ve been on IR for 8 more.

    It’s hard to believe that Rivera played his star QB through half of a season with a debilitating shoulder injury until he physically could not throw the ball more than 5 yards, then tried to play him through a Lisfranc injury and yet walks away with his reputation intact.

  2. Well Cam has not really been himself since winning MVP four years ago. Just hope the new coach can and will help him back to the level he was in

  3. What do you mean Rivera walks away with his reputation intact? The man is working for Dan Snyder for God’s sake, how much more punishment could he get?

  4. It’s hard to believe that Rivera played his star QB through half of a season with a debilitating shoulder injury until he physically could not throw the ball more than 5 yards, then tried to play him through a Lisfranc injury and yet walks away with his reputation intact.
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    Respectfully disagree. It’s not hard to believe. This is the same media that glorifies Tomlin. It’s no secret why they are above criticism and can do no wrong.

  5. Dismiss Cam at your own peril. I don’t like the guy but he is an all-world athlete and has a grudge now. I hope he goes to the AFC

  6. Translation: they’re trying to maximize his trade value
    If a trade is not possible, obvious candidate to be cut

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