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November 23, 2011

Cam Newton feels safer running than in the pocket

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said a couple of weeks ago that he wanted to reduce Cam Newton's carries.

Good luck with that.

With Newton's running ability giving the Panthers' offense an added dimension, particularly in the red zone, the rookie quarterback continues to get between seven to 10 carries a game.

And that's fine with Newton.

Honestly, I take more hits in the pocket than I do outside the pocket. In the pocket, I don't see who's coming. That can be more dangerous than when you're running you've got your eyes on a swivel, aware of your surroundings,” Newton said today.

If I'm running, I know this may sound kind of crazy, but I feel more comfortable with protecting myself rather than in the pocket and being defenseless.”

Newton, who has taken every offensive snap this season, is the Panthers' second-leading rusher with 411 yards on 77 carries.

Last week at Detroit, Newton broke Vince Young's rookie record for quarterbacks with his eighth and ninth rushing touchdowns. He needs four more in the final six games to break Steve Grogan's league record for rushing TDs, a mark that has stood since 1976.

Newton said he admires Young, adding that his thought's before last year's BCS title game including trying to top Young's performance in the 2005 title game vs. Southern Cal.

He's just an amazing athlete that plays quarterback, and I don't think he gets a lot of credit that he deserves, especially the performance he put on this past Sunday coming off the bench,” Newton said of Young, who led the Eagles to a road win against the Giants while filling in for the injured Michael Vick.

I don't think his talent is worthy for the bench. But that's something that I guess he had to do,” Newton added. “I have much respect for both of those guys up there – Mike and Vince. But Vince, on the road came out with a big win and that last drive was just unbelievable.”

--Joseph Person



Posted by Observer Sports on November 23, 2011 at 03:18 PM | Permalink


Cam Newton, had better get used to running, because the O-Line is not that great. Just ask Jimmy Clausen, they cost him his QB job.

What we need is a DEFENSE...Fire S. McDermott, he has no clue as to what he is doing. Any team that scores 50 points on a team is making a statement!

Posted by: Southernboyjj | Nov 23, 2011 3:44:44 PM

the line had nothing to do with clausen losing the job.

clausen makes tebow look like tom brady.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 23, 2011 4:17:40 PM

Fire McDermott?? WHY??? He didnt cause our best players to get hurt on defense! Geez! Give the guy a break! What if you got fired for dropping the fries at McDonalds where you work?

Posted by: duston | Nov 23, 2011 4:20:38 PM

If you can't see Cam as the cornerstone of the Panthers' future, you're closing your eyes. We have an incredibly talented, albeit raw QB we can build around. The Offense is close, it's the Defense and ST that break me into a cold sweat with they're on the field. We need to build through the draft and FA and not be afraid to go after a big name or two in key positions. I think next year, it's a different story, simple and plain.

Posted by: Jellybean | Nov 23, 2011 4:24:09 PM

Duston, don't waste your time with that dude. He comes on the CO strictly to talk smack about Cam and to get a reaction out of the rest of the people on here.

The dude said the Panthers should cut Beason. Now if that isn't proof someone was dropped on their head as a baby, I don't know what is.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 23, 2011 4:33:27 PM

Make Ron Meeks the defensive coordinator again. He did a better job.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Nov 23, 2011 4:34:05 PM

How about Meeks just gets his secondary under control and doesn't give up 5, yes 5 passing TD's in a game.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 23, 2011 4:43:37 PM

Cam is a beast. Get some more talent on the o-line. Gross (overrated/overpaid), Wharton (good), Kalil (overrated, but good), Hartanger (good sub), Bell (raw), Schwartz (?) and Otah (injuries). at least two bodies in my opinion. Drop Otah, get a LT out of the draft, move Gross to RT and Bell to RG.
Wait for Gettis to get back for the tall deep threat. So Cam can lob some bombs. Get Lefell on the field as a possession receiver.
Get a DT. I am not sold on Fua. Get a LB just in case Davis won't recover.
A CB and another safety for more competition. Bam playoffs!

Posted by: Tom | Nov 23, 2011 4:46:37 PM

Yes, I said it. CUT BEASON and DAVIES. Both are past their prime and we need LB's that can play the full season and playoffs. Why are you all so stuck on the past? Move forward, and get some young, fresh, and talented Defensive Players.

Yes fire S. McDermott, all teams have injuries but they don't LOSE to the Detroit Lions with a 50 point BURGER!!! That just shows the D. Coordinator is not ready for the PRO-Level.

I would be surprised if R. Rivera keeps S. McDermott after the season.

Posted by: Southernboyjj | Nov 23, 2011 4:49:20 PM

Cam better learn to like and stay in the pocket more because if he keeps relying on his running for yards and TDs his QB career won't last as long. RBs only last around 5 years in the NFL before their bodies began to break down and then they find themselves in a backup role. RBs are usually built for the job being that they're compact and solid. Cam is a big boy but he's actually too tall to have a long career running with the ball, with his long legs, it's just a matter of time before he gets seriously injured. Also, at Cam's height 6'5 and his weight only at 245 he's really not considered compact like a good RB should be such as Stewart.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 23, 2011 5:01:08 PM

I actually agree with you on Rivera not keeping him around. Personally would like to see Rivera run the D himself or at least have it go through him. I feel that he could have it turned around in no time.

But I'm still strongly disagreeing with you on Beason. How is someone that is hurt ONCE in his career, never missed a game before and has shown no signs of slowing down past his prime? Please explain this.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 23, 2011 5:07:55 PM

Maybe Sean Mcdermott should call better defensive plays, and not leave gaping holes for the opposing offense to take advantage of.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Nov 23, 2011 6:44:54 PM

Cutting Jon Beason without giving him a chance to make a come back is stupid.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Nov 23, 2011 6:46:21 PM

We need more short quick passes in our passing game.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Nov 23, 2011 6:48:43 PM

Well said in another post. (There's a story here today in which Cam Newtons says he feels safer running then in the so-called pocket.)

"Cam is a beast. Get some more talent on the o-line. Gross (overrated/overpaid), Wharton (good), Kalil (overrated, but good), Hartanger (good sub), Bell (raw), Schwartz (?) and Otah (injuries). at least two bodies in my opinion. Drop Otah, get a LT out of the draft, move Gross to RT and Bell to RG.
Wait for Gettis to get back for the tall deep threat. So Cam can lob some bombs. Get Lefell on the field as a possession receiver.
Get a DT. I am not sold on Fua. Get a LB just in case Davis won't recover.
A CB and another safety for more competition."

Posted by: anonymous | Nov 23, 2011 6:54:31 PM

need defense bad, but Kalil is soooo good! He's the only can't miss high draft pick!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 23, 2011 7:00:40 PM

Cam's view is valid as a thinly-veiled criticism of the O-line (skip the defense for now).

Running backs take the ball and have a choice: maneuver and try harder or go down. DeAngelo Williams is a great example. Is he really trying? More down than up, this year ... and still healthy.

Posted by: anonymous | Nov 23, 2011 7:03:33 PM

The defensive problem is personnel, not coaching (so far). Injuries don't excuse the horrible D-line play and the lack of play at Corner back.

We probably need help on the o-line but we can't afford anymore picks or money there until we address the defense.

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Nov 23, 2011 7:32:00 PM

You can have the best offense in the world, but if they're not on the field often enough... you lose. The job of the defense is to get the offense on the field and too often, this defense is only doing that by giving up quick points to the opposing team!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Nov 23, 2011 7:35:06 PM

Cam needs to run out of the pocket almost as much as he throws. It's the most consistant yardage gaining play. Forced throws, trying to complete the play call isn't very succesful on average. Mainly because of the duress on the passer. The planned running plays are only mildly succesful, better when he improvises. The pocket passing should get better if the D has to respect his running ability more.

Posted by: Bill | Nov 23, 2011 8:45:45 PM

The defense is down to one starter and 2 practice squad player at Linebacker. What the HELL do you expect. Without adding one additional player our defense can be top 5. One we get Beason and Davis (hopefully) back. Two and more importantly our young defensive tackles are more experienced and will hold up better. (Edwards will solidify that line as the Veteran) Offensively I hope we draft Matt Kalil with our 1st pick. The remaining picks can be all defense. All is well in Panther country.

Posted by: Dave The Panther | Nov 24, 2011 2:41:12 AM

I can't blame Cam for feeling uncomfortable in the pocket. This overrated offensive line cannot protect him.

Posted by: Nate | Nov 24, 2011 3:30:34 AM

Even if Davis states he's healthy and wants to come back next season the Panthers would be even dumber than they were this season to let him try playing for them again.

I'm not cutting any slack to the coaching staff for injuries at LB'er, if they were dumb enough to truely rely on Davis playing WLB for the season then they partly brought it on by themselves. Davis has missed almost all of the last two season before this 2011 season, meaning they were dumb to count on him this season. Next season Davis will have missed almost all of the last three season, only a moron would place any hope in him playing the majority of next season. Besides, he has never played a whole season at a pro-bowl level to begin with. It's time to move on, it was to move on last season.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 24, 2011 3:33:05 AM

Its good to hear some comments from true fans, and just off the wall from others. We've always needed that franchise QB like Cam, the D does need to step it up but with all those key injuries its hard.

Posted by: Lamar S | Nov 24, 2011 6:30:52 AM

Get real.

Lanky weak skinny legged scraggly Newton will end up with his idiot neck broke up in 50 places like other QBs thinking he can run but that will be great since maybe they will put in a real QB is not scared of being picked off 4 times a game to set records.

Just hurry up and break this dumb crooks neck or legs and get it over with. All Pro Anderson is restless. Obv Rivera is scared Derek will win and end Scam the Hams fantasy to put him on the bench where he belongs. Otherwise the scammer is a TE and needs to take Shockeys place who is a goner.

No media ever hypes or brags about a QB running anyway but then again no media is like the local nutjob factory.

Posted by: dead h2o | Nov 24, 2011 6:54:47 AM

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