Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton Must Step Up In 2013

By Ryan Fodell
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton now has a “C” to go along with the “S” on his chest, and with great power comes great responsibility.

Newton, now a third-year quarterback, has been voted an offensive captain by his Carolina Panthers teammates. After experiencing what some would call a sophomore slump, big things are expected from Newton and the Carolina offense this season. Fans will be hoping that a new-found maturity will accompany Newton’s new label as team captain.

The only thing harder to watch than a Carolina loss last season was Newton’s post-game press conference. His apparent sulking and downtrodden demeanor was highly scrutinized by the media, and understandably so. As the starting quarterback and leader of the team, Cam now has the responsibility of setting the tone and setting an example for the 52 other players on the roster.

Newton’s physical talent is undeniable. His unique combination of power, speed and arm strength make him one of the most dangerous playmakers in the NFL. What he has lacked up until now has been the poise and mental toughness that you look for in a franchise quarterback.

People make a big deal about his nonchalance on the sideline, his towel-over-the-head routine and his infamous interviews. It’s now time for Newton to quiet his critics and prove his physical and mental maturity that has taken place over the last three years.

Newton has been a different person in his interviews and post-game reactions so far this season. His has been much more poised and positive, even after last week’s close loss. So far, so good in Charlotte.

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