You might recall Newton seemed to be the focus of the AFC defense once he got in the game when suddenly the pass rush went to 110%. Judging by the video I think he is much looser and is being the Cam we know and love. He seems to be getting along with his team mates as well.
The NFL won't let me embed the video so you will have to follow the link.
NFL Fan Pass: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton mic'd up at Pro Bowl practice - NFL Videos
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is wired for sound as he prepares to take on Team Rice at the 2014 Pro Bowl.
Maybe the format change is really helping too since there are now Panthers on the Rice team too. I don't see Greg Hardy taking any cheap shots or even allowing that talk in the huddle. This new format just might work out after all.