Winning in the trenches usually means winning in the nfl. Giving a QB more time gives a team more chances to win. Take a look at the stats below.
Cam 517 attempts, 35 sacks, 6.8% sack rate
Brees 657 attempts, 24 sacks, 3.7% sack rate
Eli 589 attempts, 28 sacks, 4.8 %sack rate
Brady 611 attempts, 32 sacks, 5.2% sack rate
Dalton 516 attempts, 24 sacks, 4.6% sack rate
I'll discuss why these stats matter after the jump.
Brees, Eli, Brady, and Dalton all went to the playoffs. What did they have in common? Protection. With protection comes time, more time to make plays. It's not the only reason that these teams made the playoffs, but it helped. I chose to compare Cam's stats to three elite quarterbacks and a rookie for comparison's sake. Some may argue that Eli is not elite, but he has two more rings than you do.
As you can see the closest sack total to Cam's is Brady with 32, but that is with 94 more attempts. Part of this is Cam making rookie mistakes, which he will correct. Now compare him to Dalton and it's scary. Scary to imagine what Cam could have done if he didn't get sacked 11 more times. Every time the Panthers attempt to throw the football there is roughly a 7% chance that Cam will get sacked. How do we improve this stat? Improve the offensive line.
If we don't trade out of our spot, and there is no ‘steal' to be had, we should take the best offensive lineman available in the draft. Protect our number one asset. Give Cam the time that he needs to make plays. That is how we can bolster our offense and win more games.