Newton as Panthers Starter Not a Sure Thing Just Yet

Bucky Brooks is reporting that he has spoken with Panther Team officials who said rookie QB Cam Newton has a lot of work to do before he is declared the starter:

I've heard from team officials that the Panthers will not play Newton extensively until he shows a firm grasp of the offense and they build a supporting cast that will enable him to have success as a starter. 

I guess its a no-brainer that he has to grasp the play book etc... but I'm just surprised Brooks got the team to comment on this at all. I question whether this is a recent conversation or not because I can't believe the Panthers would say until they build a supporting cast around him. As Brooks points out, the Panthers have a pretty darn good one already. Losing Steve Smith would be a blow but only if its the old Steve Smith that shows up. The newer Smith that is looking for a more competitive situation might be a distraction not worth the effort to keep him. 

This quote also worries me if it truly reflects the Panthers thinking:

The goal is to allow Newton to function as a game manager while the team relies heavily on the running game and a strong defense. If the Panthers can limit his pass attempts to less than 25 per game, Newton can develop at a rate that will allow him to minimize his inexperience and have success

This whole notion that the Panthers want a game manager is what doomed us last season in my opinion. If 2010 proved anything its an offense needs a QB who is a threat to score with his arm on any play. Relying on a rushing attack to free up the passing game may have worked in 2008 but teams have figured us out...or at least they figured out the prior offense. That's where Chud comes in. I'm okay with a target of 25 passes per game but many of those passes need to be down field. Otherwise we'll see a repeat of the 2010 ineptitude behind center.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker