Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton has been going through a pretty rough season so far. After an amazing rookie campaign last year, Newton has entered to what it appears to be a “sophomore slump.”
However, a lot of people are exaggerating Newton’s play this season, since it isn’t all that bad. Most people probably were expecting a playoff-like team, but it still doesn’t seem like they may be ready yet.
Newton still may need some work to do, and that is obvious, such as what he does on the sidelines or sometimes how he displays his attitude. But overall, he’s a young guy and all he can do is just improve from there. People can’t expect the guy to be perfect, and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera sees that, too.
Rivera thinks the biggest problem for Newton is that he thinks he is “pressing,” or just “trying to do too much.”
“He wants to make things happen so much. It’s all part of him developing as a football player,” Rivera told the Associated Press.
Newton struggled in the Panthers’ 16-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in Week Five, as the team dropped to 1-4. Newton was 12-of-29 for 141 yards in that game, along with 47 yards from the ground. It wasn’t good at all, and the Panthers were unable to put a touchdown up for the scoreboard.
Rivera thinks the big issue is that a lot of the league’s defenses are finding out the schemes of what make the Panthers’ offense so successful with Newton. With that, Rivera plans to develop more plans to make the offense back to being unpredictable, which means they could install more plays in which Newton will have to throw shorter passes instead launching the ball down the field.
We’ll see how that goes for him.
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