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August 28, 2011

Sunday's Carolina Panthers links

Sunday's Carolina Panthers links:

From The Charlotte Observer:

Steve Smith's trust in coach a longstanding key

Cam Newton to start again, 'working toward being the guy'

Scott Fowler: Offensive line an unexpected weak link

From the Gaston Gazette:

Rivera holds off naming Newton starter for opener

From elsewhere:

ESPN: Cam Newton one step from starting

Posted by Observer Sports on August 28, 2011 at 08:08 AM | Permalink


Rivera has proven why 10 NFL teams passed on him as their HC before the hapless Panthers came along with the Disturber pump and dump BS.

Newton is not only a no passing inaccurate BUM and a DUD loved by his racist supporters but 0-2 as a starter as the biggest BUST in NFL history not counting all the baggage.

Clearly big dummy Rivera thought he was another Vick and has been ordered by JR who cant get his 24 million refund to let Newton fall on his own sword to prove to the world he's a BUM so when traded the media bums will be blamed only.

The unanswered BIG Question? How many millions did Auburn pay SEC teams to lose in 2010?

Posted by: steelerz 4life | Aug 28, 2011 10:18:56 AM

Cam supporters are racist? Haha. What happened to supporting your favorite football team for making exciting moves.

I don't know why I have to keep repeating this, but if you can support one more snap from Jimmy Clausen as a starting QB you have either never played football or a collision sport before and don't understand the intricacies of the game; or you're a masochist.

Posted by: Al | Aug 28, 2011 10:43:53 AM

Yeah, we should sign a QB who likes to take co-eds into bathrooms and is an overall creep. I wonder if steelerz has ever heard of Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf. Probably not, since it seems as if he has a below average IQ.

Posted by: wes | Aug 28, 2011 12:23:09 PM

After reading many posts about Newton's QB play in preseason, it cracks me up how many fans blame the OL blocking and receivers not getting open and dropping passes. Part of the blame should go on the OL and receivers, but part should go on Newton too. Newton looks awkward in the pocket.

Newton fails to slide back farther when his blockers fall back trying to protect him, he ends up bumping into his own blockers while trying to throw the ball. He doesn't set his feet, but instead looks like he's trying to tap dance with his happy feet. He even tried to do a half turn jump pass. I don't know if he'll ever get to the point that he looks natural in the pocket along with seeing some accuracy in his passes on a consistent basis.

When Clausen plays these same fans weren't cutting him any slack with blaming his poor performance on the OL and receivers. Newton also has more to work with than Clausen had last season. Newton has two better pass catching TEs in Olsen and Shockey, a better OC in Chud, a veteran QB on the roster in Anderson, and a much better QB coach in Shula.

Plus Newton has better support from the owner, coaching staff and players. Steve Smith took time to work with Newton in the off-season while publicly giving Newton praise. The only thing Smith was willing to do to help Clausen was to publicly state that Clausen should be apologizing to the offense. Something tells me that Smith won't be dissing Newton like he did Jake and Clausen if Newton plays bad too.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Aug 28, 2011 1:09:58 PM

Out of town forgets to mention that Newton has the added benefit of a cannon for an arm and enough athleticism to continue plays when the line breaks down. I am in shock that people actually think Clausen is a better option at the position after watching this preseason. He did have a horrendous situation last year but that doesn't mean that he is our best option at QB. I remember seeing Josh Freeman when he first played with the Bucs and thinking, "wow, wish we had someone like that." Newton reminds me of Freeman and will hopefully develop at the same pace.

Go back and watch the Bengals game again, look at Newton's endzone pass to Smith, his pass to Clowney and how he was able to extend plays on most series. I am very excited to see how he can develop, I pity anyone that allows whatever bias they have to hinder their ability to see the truth.

Posted by: wes | Aug 28, 2011 2:33:02 PM

I an a big Panthers fan and live in Colorado. I was not big on NEWTON until I saw him in the last game. I think he is progessing very well. I think I was wrong about NEWTON. I think he needs more time and he will be fine. Whoever plays QB will be getting sacked a lot. Hang in there fans let's give this a chance to work.

Posted by: Rockies | Aug 28, 2011 3:05:58 PM

Rivera likes "our guy" Newtons "footwork in the pocket" so he'll start over All-Pro vet 28 yr old Anderson or 1-0 Clausen who beat top tier team NY Giants?

Newton is 0-2 with last place teams Bengals and Dolphins. Both blowouts worst than the score indicated.

"Footwork in the pocket" ? Did Rivera come up with that on his own?

0-16 with Da Bum.

Good call. The OL is giving Da Bum all the time in the world. They made JC look bad last yr though.

Will Smith pretend he is a WR again too?

Steelers may break Newtons neck if he tries to run the gap on them. 0-3.


Posted by: he's a stinkin bum | Aug 28, 2011 3:18:09 PM

Let's see what the other people think of most Panther Fans. This is just one of many. here we go.......

Freak-outs, Knee jerk reactions and three preseason games
by James Dator on Aug 28, 2011 2:24 PM EDT


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Matt Cassel and the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs went 1-3 in the preseason only to finish 10-6 when the games started counting. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Three preseason games... that should be enough, right? Enough to determine how good or bad the Carolina Panthers will be in 2011, enough to know what kind of quarterback Cam Newton will be in the NFL, enough to know what this coaching staff is like.

Preseason football is the modern day bellwether for our microwave society. A way to watch 9 hrs of football and make grandiose, overarching claims about what will happen in the future. Granted, I'm painting with a large brush here, really I'm referring to the lunatic fringe; those fans whose emotions swing so wildly from week to week that a 20-10 victory over the New York Giants portended hoisting of Lombardi trophies, and now two losses has their minds embroiled with visions of Roger Goodell standing at the podium in 2012 saying "With the number one pick in the 2012 NFL draft the Carolina Panthers select _____". What I've learned is that you can't reason with these fans, it's just not possible. They get too emotionally invested in the week-to-week to understand that the journey is as important as the destination, and that Rome wasn't built in a day.

Instead, today I'm appealing to the vast majority of fans to take a candid and logical look at the 2011 preseason to see if there's anything we can pull from it to see if it foreshadows future success or failure. I'll look at this...

After the jump

Posted by: Average Panther Fan | Aug 28, 2011 4:51:56 PM

Average is a typical mindless moron.
Sports and especially football is judged on a week by week basis only NOT the overall season. You never look past any game but thats all sports. You can never put the cart before the horse. Its a tedious game that requires adjustment of every detail every day.
You are only as good as your last game and there are less games than any other sport.
Its always an event not just a game. Every game is big. There are no small games in the NFL.
Every game situation must be scrutinized and analyzed again and again.
Practice makes perfect but the real talent has to be there.

It has been decided by a majority that a certain overrated QB is not all he was cracked up to be and will never be yet the rookie HC pretends as if magic will occur.
He is delusionary.
No magic. No make believe. No pretend. Reality only. Minute by minute.

Posted by: x player coach | Aug 28, 2011 5:47:06 PM

Hey coach, Lets do ourselves a favor and cut loose some of those under performing receivers. Go with Smith, LeFell, Edwards, and pick up new people who can play special teams. Brett Swain just got cut by the packers and he would be a great slot/special teams receiver. Others are going to be available soon. That dude from San Diego can't block to save his life. doubt he will be any help on special teams.

Posted by: T-bone | Aug 28, 2011 6:19:15 PM

Rokies, progressing very well?!?!? really??!!?! You are right 6-19 for 70 yds is real progress not to mention his inability to hit the broad side of a barn with a pass. When Cam doesn't play well the O-line is the weak link and when Clausen doesn't play well it is his fault. Clausen isn't as sexy, but he has outplayed Cam each game. I'm not a huge Clausen fan, but you have to be realistic about the fact that Cam looks awful.

Cam 40% completion over 3 games

Clausen 60% completion over 3 games

Posted by: T-Mac | Aug 28, 2011 6:23:19 PM

Newton reminds me of another rookie I saw Philadelphia bring in at a Panthers game some time ago...Donovan McNabb. Big, athletic and a cannon for an arm though wildly inaccurate as a rookie. If Newton pans out to that level, we'll be just fine. No, McNabb never won the big one, but they were competitive for years. We can have that too. McNabb had the same problems as a rookie. Too bad fans expect immediate impact from rookies. How many examples does it take for fans to realize the impact is not immediate. Manning, Aikman? The ones we consider greats now were once called busts too as rookies.

Posted by: YeahRight | Aug 28, 2011 7:56:24 PM

Geeez.... The Football IQ around here is at an all time LOW... Some of you guys dont understand how much different the NFL game is compared to college, the time it takes for QB's to grasp the coverages, timing, and overall speed of the game.

If anyone expected Newton to come out looking like Tom Brady (who struggled himself the other night) they allready set their expectations too high.

Also, THIS IS PRE-SEASON football. The coaches need to see different looks in different situations. Its not about wins at this point, its about getting Cam as ready as possible for the REAL season.

Cam is a winner, he will struggle, but his work ethic and desire is way above what anyone thought and the likes of Leaf or Russle.

The kid has only played a few games, give him a season or two before you lable him anything.

Posted by: AkJoe | Aug 28, 2011 11:17:34 PM

Clausen and Newton are both works in progress. The upside on Newton makes him the favorite to invest playing time with.
It's going to be a struggle with either.

Posted by: Rockies | Aug 28, 2011 11:36:45 PM

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