If you take a very close look at the Carolina Panthers, you see a team that is in a bit of a transition especially with their quarterback Cam Newton. He will be going into his third NFL season in 2013 and is going to be looked at to improve to a point where Carolina can have a chance to make the playoffs. There are some things that Newton must work on before that can happen, however. I have to believe that the first thing would be limiting the number of hits he is taking.
He was the first one to bring the run-pass option from the quarterback position in recent years. Newton has the frame to take a pounding at 6-5, 245 pounds, but how many more hits can he take without getting hurt? The other major thing is how he handles adversity as Newton has been known in the past to deflect blame of negative things that happen with the Panthers. He is going to need to change his opinion on that one and become the leader of this team.
I know he will hate it, but Newton will need to step in front of a microphone after a tough loss one of these days and take some of the blame or not have his head down about bad things that happened. I know all about having anxiety problems myself so I can understand where he is coming from with letting things get to him, but I’m not getting paid like he is. If Newton can improve on those two things during the 2013 season, the Panthers may be good enough to make a playoff run.