CHARLOTTE, N.C. Cam Newton walked off of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., a little over two years ago with a loss in his NFL debut, but left behind a rookie statement and emphatic proclamation that he'd soon be joining the NFL's quarterback elite.
After that passing debut of 422 yards, the Panthers seemingly had their guy after 16 years of searching for a franchise quarterback.
Newton walked off that same field last Sunday but this was so much different.
The third-year quarterback threw three ill-advised and rally-killing interceptions. Now, the questions that seemed unfathomabe two years ago are being asked:
Do the Panthers need to bench Newton?
Is Newton really the guy for this franchise to build around?
NBC analyst and former player Rodney Harrison openly said in a broadcast Sunday that he would bench Newton in favor of backup quarterback Derek Anderson.
There's zero chance of that actually happening, but it reflects the type of year Newton's havin...