Facing the realities
Listen, I don’t believe that Cam Newton’s job is or has been in danger. I still believe that, when healthy, Cam Newton is an MVP-caliber quarterback that is more than capable of winning a Super Bowl. Regardless, the NFL has never seen a quarterback with a physical play style quite like Newton ever reach this level of success. Which leads to the question that has always been in the back of our minds: How sustainable is Cam Newton?
The hope is that Cam finds a way to extend his career competitively a la Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, but the reality is that the Panthers may need to face a future without Newton at the helm sooner than later.
The Will Grier pick is important. Grier has the talent to be a decent quarterback in this league if properly developed. He will have that opportunity to develop behind a former MVP while also providing insurance in the case that said MVP either isn’t ready to go by kickoff weekend or gets banged up again along the way.
It’s a gut-wrenching reality, but we will see over the next two season if Cam Newton is able to sustain his normal level of play after taking such a beating throughout his career. My money’s on Cam, but in the case that the Panthers need to move on, they’ve initiated a more smooth exit plan. Whether you like it or not, a smooth exit plan is in the team’s best interest.