When the Carolina Panthers drafted quarterback Cam Newton first overall back in 2011, they envisioned him as their version of “Superman”. Together, the QB and the team would forge ahead and have on-field success resulting in many wins, and possibly even Super Bowl victories. They woke up from that dream after losing in the Super Bowl to the Denver Broncos back in 2015, a year that saw Newton crowned as the National Football League’s MVP. Since that awakening, things have pretty much been a nightmare for Cam and the Panthers.
Friday afternoon, the team ruled out Newton for this Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and named backup Kyle Allen as his replacement. The declining quarterback hasn’t participated in on-field activities all week after spraining his left-foot in last Thursday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After limping to an 0-2 start on the season, the Auburn product is now sidelined and currently wearing a walking boot.
Whether or not he will be available next weekend for Carolina’s game at Houston remains unclear. This will be his seventh missed game since debuting in 2011. Since 2015, Cam has suffered from lingering shoulder issues. The dual-threat signal caller takes a lot of abuse as part of the team’s ground attack, despite owning a massive frame.
Since winning the MVP award, Newton’s play has been declining. The revelation of his mortality at the quarterback position has been a frequent topic among fans and analysts. Many including myself believe this may possibly be the end of the line for the once-heralded QB. His passing stats have sunk to “bottom-feeding” depths this season, and his play over the past few years reeks of inconsistency. Many of his passes of late have been deemed “uncatchable” and his QBR is 29th in the league.
After eight seasons, it’s becoming clear that we may have seen the best of Cam Newton in a Carolina Panthers uniform. It would be ideal for the two parties to split, giving each of them a fresh start and a chance to seek a more fruitful future. It’s obvious that Cam is NOT superman, realistically he’s just Clark Kent suffering from the NFL’s very own form of quarterback-kryptonite. It’s not easy carrying the weight of an NFL franchise on your shoulders, or with your feet when you’re a running quarterback scrambling for your life on Sundays.
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