Found January 23, 2013 on
Every season it seems that some new style of quarterback comes into the league and everyone falls in love with said player ans style. And it seems that every follow up season to that gets filed under “sophomore slump.” I think that’s the perfect phrase to sum up the 2012 season for Cam Newton and Ron Rivera in Carolina. Being in a tough division, no one really expected the Panthers to make  much noise, but not many expected them to struggle as much as they did either. If you simply go by the record, they improved by a game. But this team doesn’t have the feel of a team on the rise or even one that improved over 2011. We’ll take a look at why now. Offense My biggest peeve about the Carolina offense is that they have sunk nearly $81 million into their stud running back tandem of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, yet they aren’t a “running” football team. Cam Newton had more rushing yards than either guy last season and both of them combined only had 266 attempts all season. Tha...

Clock is ticking for Steve Smith, Panthers

At 5’9, Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith was overlooked from the beginning. A third-round pick back in 2001, he’s lived the ups and downs with the Panthers for 12 seasons now. Seven of those seasons he’s accounted for at least 1,000 yards , but the end is near. Coming off one of his worst seasons, rookie Cam Newton helped revive Smith in 2011. Targeted 129 times he ended...
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