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December 19, 2011

Cam Newton speaks up, grows up in Houston

As the Panthers were preparing to head back out to the field for the second half Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, coach Ron Rivera started to give a speech to try to prevent another third-quarter lull -- a recurring problem for his first Panthers' team.

But Cam Newton beat him to it.

“I was going to say a few words but Cam stepped up and started to say a few things and a couple of other guys stepped up and said a few things, as well,” Rivera said Monday. “The thing for Cam is he's a young guy and he's very respectful of the veteran guys around him. Now he's starting to feel the realization that he's the guy. He's going to be one of those guys who will help take us to the next level.”

Newton threw for a season-low 149 yards against the Texans. But the rookie quarterback, the No. 1 overall pick last April, had perhaps his biggest drive of the year after Houston had pulled to within one score.

Newton led the Panthers on an 80-yard, touchdown march to push the lead back to 15. He kept the drive alive with a clutch, 9-yard pass to Legedu Naanee on third-and-4, and hit Jeremy Shockey for a 26-yard gain on the following play.

On the Panthers' final drive – when they consumed more than seven minutes to run out the clock – Newton converted a pair of third downs with running plays. ...

The Panthers could be missing half of their secondary Saturday against Tampa Bay. Strong safety Charles Godfrey aggravated his shoulder injury against the Texans, while cornerback Captain Munnerlyn injured his hamstring. Neither is expected to practice Tuesday when the Panthers begin preparations for the Bucs in this short week.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2011 at 04:31 PM | Permalink


Can we wait till Wednesday to declare people out for Saturday?

Posted by: larry | Dec 19, 2011 6:14:39 PM

I thought I saw Cam Newton take a big step this week. Instead of the mopey act when things started going downhill early in the third, he stepped up and showed some real leadership. This guy is proving each and every week that he is progressing and evolving into a true franchise quarterback.

Posted by: jeff | Dec 19, 2011 6:21:46 PM

Another thing that I noticed (I was at the game. Field level, 3 rows from the Panther bench) was that although he did have his towel, he wasn't just sitting on the bench. In the second half, he was up walking around and seemed to be pumping up other offensive players.

Posted by: Ed | Dec 19, 2011 7:27:41 PM

Thanks, Ed. I've been waiting for that. As long as he's giving encouragement, it'll be a great help.

Posted by: Ben | Dec 19, 2011 7:53:16 PM

I think people read too much into the towel on the head thing. He uses it whether they are winning or losing - it has nothing to do with his mood or attitude.

Posted by: Butthead | Dec 19, 2011 8:20:36 PM

Newton Sucks!

Posted by: tony | Dec 19, 2011 8:27:17 PM

tony... Get a life!

Panthers looked strong yesterday. Newton included!

Posted by: Mark | Dec 19, 2011 8:40:29 PM

Well said, Mark.

Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 19, 2011 8:43:23 PM

Tony, you have now proven yourself to be an imbecile.

Posted by: War Eagle | Dec 19, 2011 9:32:41 PM

Tony, I know you are upset that Cam's jersey is sold out everywhere and you will not have one for Christmas, but don't hold it against him. It's not his fault that everyone loves him. Maybe you can get one next year.

Posted by: YeahRight | Dec 19, 2011 10:02:50 PM

Butthead your name says it all ....lol

Posted by: Cam fan | Dec 19, 2011 10:40:08 PM

So when will RR & these non-stop media idiots go to Congress to get a new national holiday in their great ones honor & glory since he is their messiah, right? Replace Christmas with Newtonmas?

Posted by: columbia gamecock | Dec 20, 2011 7:09:09 AM

Tony def the man. That qb crackhead SUX like his avid crackhead worshipers and crackhead newspaper as all nuttin but sorryass crackhead losers.

Posted by: tony is the man | Dec 20, 2011 7:22:08 AM

nice game guys.
sure it was against our B & C squads saving our starters for the playoffs but hey a win is a win for you cellar dwellers with acute inferiority complexes to temporaily feel good about yourselves. glad we could help your issues.
nice going again.

Posted by: future super bowl champs | Dec 20, 2011 7:49:14 AM

Last time I checked you were playing for home field advantage. I know Yates shouldnt be an NFL starter, but he's yours now. So yes, your starters did play. Nice try though.

Posted by: AJ | Dec 20, 2011 7:59:03 AM



Posted by: bama red tide | Dec 20, 2011 7:59:34 AM

Gesus Krist man... Never heard of any AFC South champion or any conference champion having to win home field advantage but consider the source. They are pretty damn dumb and hilarious arent they? What a hoot.

So we wonder what new "level" is that new QB taking you too? lol ... nevermind .. we know the answer ...

Didnt your coach Rivera leave NFL games all the time back with the Bears as inside linebacker for his pepetual tendancy to get severe concussions?
Dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out.

ps Any truth to the rumor your rookie is headed to Chicago for 2012?

Posted by: Austin 3:16 | Dec 20, 2011 8:20:37 AM

The only person with a complex is someone that thinks that Houston will be the Super Bowl champs.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 20, 2011 8:21:15 AM

The same dingbats who hate Cam for stealing a laptop worship rapists Kobe Bryant and Roethlisberger and dog fighter Vick. Crazy stuff indeed.

Posted by: JJ | Dec 20, 2011 8:36:22 AM

While $cam Newton looks like a real good fit in that joint up there he would be an even better fit in the most corrupt crook mafia city in Amerika in Chicago home of Al Capone, Bugsie Moran, Tony The Big Tuna, etc (and latest edition Barack Obama)


Posted by: roll crimson tide | Dec 20, 2011 8:43:36 AM

Austin. Have you heard of being the #1 seed and playing at home until the Super Bowl? That's what is commonly referred to as home field advantage. Before the game Sunday, they were tied with NE for the #1 seed at 10-3. With the Texans loss they are now tied with Pittsburgh and Baltimore for the #2 seed. So since the Texans went choky choke they can hope that they dont lose again and fall to the #3 seed which will send them to Pittsburgh or Baltimore in the second round. Do you understand now?

Posted by: AJ | Dec 20, 2011 9:24:47 AM

houston is in a mess now....we beat the scrubs and the tar hole qb.....they won't last long in the playoffs.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 20, 2011 9:39:16 AM

Hey Tide fans. Don't be bitter because Cam took you to town last year...Classy posts by probably the same person 10 times already on here. The guy is a GREAT QB. Point blank. To the Houston fan...your b and c squads? Your team IS a B squad playing in a D division this year. Funny how the negative people are the only ones who waste their time to post their garbage.

Posted by: WowBAMAfans | Dec 20, 2011 9:44:42 AM

"Little-man complex":

The need to post your record and justify losing - in another city's newspaper message board, after getting destroyed at home by a sub .500 football team with a rookie QB.

See: Houston Texans fans

You guys are small time and you always will be. You are, AT BEST, the third most popular team in your state behind the Cowboys and Saints. Also, none of you can spell.

Posted by: Alex | Dec 20, 2011 9:52:50 AM

Hey roll crimson tide: The irony in any Bama fan claiming someone is criminal or a program is dirty is pretty ironic considering Bama's probation resume. Morons like you, who take cfb so seriously and ignore reality have unfortunately created an unfair sterotype for the great fans, alumni, and supporters Bama has. After Jan 9 do society a favor and crawl back into your outhouse.

Posted by: Marmalade | Dec 20, 2011 10:35:00 AM

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