There is no escape as Cam Newton had a bad day in more ways than one yesterday. His four interceptions…
There is no escape as Cam Newton had a bad day in more ways than one yesterday. His four interceptions were at least half his fault and his shoulder is not right yet. The panthers have given him an extra day off to throw every week in practice and he has responded with sending career increases in effectiveness – ruled out yesterday – but there was clear regression in his ability to force and move behind his throw as his 41 passing attempts imposed against Tampa Bay. Cam has had the weight of this team on her shoulders for several years and we can no longer deny it’s coming to him.
What we also can not do is give up Cam. Let’s go back to Sunday morning when Cam had a career low touchdown to interrogation or a career high degree of achievement. He still finished almost 69% of his pass yesterday, which is technically good. His fight this season has come when he has been asked to throw the ball 40 times or more in one game.
He must never throw another 80-yard bomb to Ted Ginn, Jr. He may be relegated to driving a crime that smashes his bread within 1
5 meters of the line of scrimmage. His success this year should slow us down from judging him by a game. A short and intermediate Cam is a brand new Cam. If, as fans, we have given Ron Rivera eight years to find out how to stop calling soft zones, then we can safely give Cam at least one season of trying to play with a whole new type of decision making.
I’ve talked a lot about tip points this season. Each game has had its mistakes; The mistakes that are responsible for a loss, the tip points, deserve the most attention. To me there have been consistent errors. Usually it will be coaching – either doing it wrong or doing it badly. Yesterday included so many players who did bad games or injured that the coach did not really get the chance to lose the game.
This was the first game where Newton made the mistakes that broke the chances of the pawns. Throughout the year, 2018 Carolina Panthers has been a team by mistake and missed opportunities. Yesterday as added to be the worst team in NFC South. I’m doing that qualification because they lost a soccer game convincingly to what is probably the most real team in NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Panther fans can take comfort in the fact that their team still blinks great potential while being completely unable to get out of their own way. They continued to show, as they have through their four matching steaks, that they are a unique talented team. It is also not limited to Newton. This offense has all the necessary cards for a passporting offensive line.
Christian McCaffrey is an animal. D.J. Moore is both the best recipient that Panthers has been in since Steve Smith and a really good recipient. Curtis Samuel and Devin Funchess can distinguish themselves in their roles. Jarius Wright is under contract until 2020. Ian Thomas has an impressive tight end. They will be able to handle an available day from Cam. If he is playing “game manager level” they should be good. Four sacks and four interceptions are obviously not that level. But no crime will win a game on its worst day.
The defense is equally equipped. Captain Munnerlyn was probably the third best corner of the last 15 years in Carolina before the arrival of James Bradberry and Donte Jackson. He is not close to breaking the starting line now. Mike Adams and Eric Reid are the best pair of security that Panthers have seen since they saw Haruki Nakamura attached by Julio Jones and Matt Ryan. They still have generation lineebackers, although the depth chart spans generations. The difference between the Panthers and a good team is that they grew older without getting better at the defensive end.
The defensive line and offensive line are the two biggest personnel qualities that this team faces. There are two main problems for Panther’s leadership, not a thousand.
Ryan Kalil probably goes out, Thomas Davis too. However, it is individual players that they need to replace, not positioning groups that they need to translate. They have the draft and the free agency left to deal with them. This need not be a complete remodeling.
David Tepper is an unknown raw material right now. What he does this season can define the franchise in coming years. It will be what we remember more than a bad loss for Bucs.
The pants can be led by new faces when Tepper is ready to break this season, but they will not be a brand new team. They are given the opportunity to become a better team. I’m optimistic that they will not miss it.