Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/7/12

For as much promise as Cam Newton and the Panthers showed just a season ago, they've shown nothing but disappointment so far in 2012, dropping to 1-4 following today's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Once again, Cam Newton couldn't find his rhythm, completing less than 50% of his passes on the day.

The bad news is, help is not on the way.

The Panthers have their bye week to regroup, but they follow it with games against the Cowboys, Bears, Redskins and Broncos. Considering how they're currently playing, it's hard to imagine them pulling out any wins through that stretch.

Visually, the Panthers are simply losing confidence, especially Cam Newton. Late in the 4th quarter, the Newton completed a 3rd down pass just shy of the endzone, and the receiver was inexplicably unable to get the ball over plane of the endzone. On the ensuing 4th down attempt, Newton missed a wide open receiver, turning the ball over to the Seahawks.

One of the hardships of a young quarterback in the NFL is adjusting to losing. Many top picks come from college programs that rarely lose more than a few games in a season. Most young quarterbacks do just fine adjusting to tough games at the pro level, but some have a much tougher time coping with the losses.

Cam Newton showed great promise just a year ago, but for whatever reason, it just hasn't clicked in 2012. Unlike his rookie campaign, much of the blame for the Panthers' losses are falling on Newton's shoulders, and there have been varying reports that it's taking its toll on Newton's confidence.

The Panthers are catching their bye week at a time they desperately need it. Cam Newton and the coaching staff may want to re-evaluate the way they're operating as a team, and especially as an offense. Newton's confidence seems to be nearly shot, and unless the Panthers want a Ryan Leaf-esque outburst, they need to help their young quarterback out.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Report: Luke Walton will not consider coaching offers until offseason

Budweiser: Peyton Manning not paid for Super Bowl beer plug

Archie Manning: 'I think Peyton's done in Denver'

Donald Trump: I told Tom Brady not to endorse me for President


Marshawn Lynch: Complicated and talented NFL anti-hero

Hue Jackson lets Manziel and ex know they aren’t alone

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

Tyronn Lue faces backlash for Cavs record since Blatt’s firing

Report: LeSean McCoy assaulted off duty Philly police officers

John Elway was right, the Broncos didn’t need a Plan B

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

Top defensive performances in Super Bowl history

FBI questions Jeremy Shockey about drug and gambling ring

Coldplay drummer thought Johnny Football was real name

Ranking every game from 2015 NFL Playoffs

PHOTO: Panthers LB shows gruesome arm injury after SB

Patriots, Panthers early Super Bowl 51 favorites

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker