A defeat that looked all too familiar to Panthers fans, which saw the team’s general manager Marty Hurney fired Monday morning as a result of an inadequate beginning to 2012.
The Panthers fall to a measly 1-5 on the season subsequent to Sunday’s week seven let down, giving little hope to both players and fans as the Panthers prepare to head-out to the mid-west to face the Chicago Bears in week eight.
Newton served as the team’s beacon of frustration after Sunday’s loss; his disappointments in the lack of production from anemic offense boiling over, calling for a “suggestion box” and referring to a female reporter as “sweetheart.”
Though, some of Newton’s other statements post game re-enforced a common notion surrounding the Panthers’ offense.
“The past couple of games has been the same script, by the same director … it’s kind of getting boring,” Newton said. “This taste, this vibe … I’m not buying it. And I don’t know what it is, but something’s gotta change. Something’s going to have to change real fast.”
Of course Newton’s comments can be scrutinized, but his words really raised a greater awareness to the inefficient play calling from offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. Words that veterans such as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would have been praised for.
Chudzinski is well respected around the NFL and Newton thrived during his rookie season under Chudzinski’s tutelage. However, Chudzinski’s play calling has become predictable and too formative to Newton’s perceived style of play.
Newton proved last season that he has the ability to be a true pass first quarterback in the NFL. Though, Chudzinski has developed schemes and play calls that undermine the ability of both Newton and Carolina’s running backs.
Whether criticism surrounding Newton’s lack of maturity is fair or unfair, there is no doubt he used some poor phrases in displaying his dissatisfaction with the way things are going. Like it or not, Newton’s comments were on point to a certain degree.
The Panthers hope to build around Newton going forward and what he said on Sunday will certainly be taken into consideration from the top. If something doesn’t change soon, more heads will roll.
Team owner Jerry Richardson made that very clear on Monday.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1.