Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the best season ever as rookie QB that anyone has ever had. He ran the football, he passed the ball, and Newton produced results that were not there in previous years.
He was poised and confident and very sure of himself. He played the position much better than he was given a chance to play at the beginning of the 2011 season.
Now the 2012 season is upon us and the question on everybody’s mind is, was this kid for real last season or is he going to be a fluke? Can he duplicate the success that he had in his first season?
He has one season under his belt now. Newton has a better grasp of the Panthers offense and a better rapport with his teammates. Do all of these factors translate into a winning season? Only time can answer that question.
Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski and Quarterback Coach Mike Shula have had the off season to work with Newton and give him the utmost chance to be successful again this season. Newton has been a winner at every level that he has played at. Newton came in last year and took the NFL by storm. He shut a lot of his critics up with his performances week in and week out.
As the 2012 season gets underway teams are going to prepare for Newton differently than they did last year. They will be looking to spoil his year and keep the Panthers from having a good season. I do not see Newton as a fluke, he works too hard and he is too good of a player not to have continued success.
There are still going be people that are really critical of how he plays and if he does not have the kind of passing yardage or the ground production that he had last year, those people will say he is just a flash in the pan. Personally, I do not see that happening in Newton’s case.
This young man puts in the work to get the job done, and if his other offensive weapons Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, and DeAngelo Williams give him help the Panthers will do well. Newton is the real deal and he is here to stay.