Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The expectations were high for the Carolina Panthers and second year quarterback Cam Newton coming into the 2012 NFL season.  After a phenomenal rookie year that saw the Panthers win six games, Newton and his team appeared poised to take the next step and compete for a playoff spot.
Unfortunately for Newton and the Panthers things haven’t turned out as planned so far.  One of the biggest questions for Carolina at the start of the season was whether or not Newton would suffer from the dreaded sophomore slump.  Often in the NFL when a rookie plays lights out it’s difficult to follow-up with comparable numbers in year two.  Part of the reason is that the NFL defenses have more film on the player and can better game plan against them.  Another reason is that at times when success comes too early for players they have a tendency to lose respect for the intricacies involved in becoming a successful NFL star.  Both seem to be contributing to the Cam Newton’s demise in 2012.… Read more
2 Comments:
  • In my mind, there is no question that Newton considered his successful rookie season as validation of being an NFL superstar and it went to his head. His refusal to engage with his teammates on the sideline (like Peyton Manning continually does)demonstrates his arrogance. He believes defensive players will roll over for him, but they've figured him out.
  • I agree, his has the big head and forget there is no I in team. He has ket it go to his head
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

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.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.