6 burning questions Carolina Panthers fans have ahead of Week 7

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Could the Carolina Panthers go back to Cam Newton?

When is Cam going to receive that call (from the Panthers)? – El Laflare

Thank you for your question, El. This is a great time for me to address one of my recent articles on the former franchise quarterback.

In my opinion, this ship has sailed. I don’t see Cam Newton returning to the Carolina Panthers in any sort of capacity this season. While this may seem harsh, fans need to give up on the idea of the former NFL MVP coming back to save this struggling offense.

I do think that with time and preparation, Newton could show the flashes we saw last season when he returned. I’m not opposed to the idea of him coming back. Yet, I don’t think he would appreciate another go around for a second time given the team’s current state.

Let’s be frank: this franchise might be beyond saving this season.

The No. 1 pick is a real possibility and Newton may not alter that. The culture and most of the coaching staff is the biggest issue, and the former Auburn Tiger has already been open about his thoughts on the still-in-place Matt Rhule culture.

What the Heisman Trophy winner did for this organization was spectacular. He put the city of Charlotte and both Carolinas on the map.

Newton is arguably the greatest player in franchise history for that alone. However, he’s not saving this team and Ben McAdoo will find a way to ruin his third stint if it came to it.

Traits Newton would instantly bring are excitement and positive morale. He would return home fans into the seats of Bank of America Stadium. but realistically, this probably won’t happen.

I hope I’m wrong. However, I think Steve Wilks is going to stick with the four quarterbacks he has on the roster.