Encouraging article in the Charlotte Observer on Seattle's head coach Pete Carroll marveling at our franchise QB's rookie performance.
"Look out for those guys. Holy mackerel," Carroll said at the NFC coaches breakfast. "If he can just stay out there, they're going to be a fantastic team."
However, my excitement was slightly grounded at the end of the article when I was reminded that even Cam Newton is human:
"Free agent Chris Manno was training at IMG before the Panthers acquired him last weekend. He told Rivera that Weinke had gotten on to Newton recently for not working hard enough, according to Rivera."
It reminded me of the Pro Bowl, watching Cam Newton, shirt untucked, move lackadaisically from the line of scrimmage like he was playing backyard catch. Yes, it was the Pro Bowl, but he's a professional, and he appeared to forget that he was a rookie still earning his place in the league.
Cam is experiencing escalating celebrity status. He's appearing regularly on new commercials, gaining new sponsors. The doubts from critics have almost completely been replaced by adoration from around the league. He's an extraordinary talent and has a successful start to his career under his belt. He may even be on the cover of Madden after his rookie year!
It would be easy for anyone in his position to feel comfortable. Is that a concern for Cam?
How concerned are you that Cam could get too comfortable and experience a sophomore slump?
None at all, Cam is a competitor (100 votes)
He could use a wake-up call, but he'll be ready Week 1 (85 votes)
I have at least some legitimate concern. Some of the signs are there but I'm hopeful. (32 votes)
I'm worried about what I'm seeing. I have real concern that a sophomore slump could happen.. (12 votes)
229 total votes