Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 10/21/12
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
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