This guest post was made by the SeatCrunch team.
After a season where Newton single-handedly took the Carolina Panthers from 0-100mph overnight, I’d be willing to bet that Carolina fans are more than happy to have him around. There were a few aspects of his game that could have used some improvement, but we’re talking about his ROOKIE SEASON. It’s hard to critique a rookie who threw for 4,051 yards in one season, making him the first rookie to ever throw for 3,000 yards in a season. Oh yea, and he ran for 706 yards on top of that. In total, he scored 21 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns. You get the idea.
Now that you know all that, take a look at what Newton had to say to Yahoo! Sports the other day.
“I was very immature, I’ll be the first one to tell you, the pouting and the moping, I kind of overdid it. I know that. I was a bad teammate. I shut off to some people who gave unbelievable effort. … That’s where I have to mature.”
I didn’t think there were too many legitimate criticisms that could be made about Newton’s year as a rookie, but as far as this is concerned, I think he may be right. As the quarterback of your team, you don’t want to let a mistakes to eat you up inside. You want to be able to accept your mistakes (or even the mistakes of others), put your helmet back on, then go back out on the field and lead your team to victory.
If last year’s emotional and maybe even sometimes irrational Cam could play as well as he did, I’m sure that a calmer, more collected Cam would be outright terrifying. Not only that, after composing himself in the way he suggests he would like to, Newton can help his fellow teammates improve. If this all happens, the Panthers become a significantly more undesirable opponent in 2012 than they were in 2011.