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December 13, 2011

Chud on Cam: 'Live to fight the next play'

   There were moments Sunday in the Panthers' 31-23 loss to Atlanta when offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski saw play calls come to life in near perfect fashion.

   DeAngelo Williams' 74-yard touchdown run, the longest in team history, was like a diagram brought beautifully to life.

   Then there were moments when things went wrong, particularly the two second-half interceptions by quarterback Cam Newton. Echoing head coach Ron Rivera's words that it's a process developing a young quarterback, Chudzinski said Monday that the mistakes Newton made against the Falcons are part of his evolution as a quarterback.

   "It's a fine line," Chudzinski said. "A lot of times he will make plays in those situations. He believes so much in his playmaking abilities to try to do things sometimes. You have to be smart about it and know sometimes that a play isn't going to be there. You have to live to fight the next play.

   "That's part of the learning process for young quarterbacks that all of them go through. The biggest thing is he'll see that and learn from it. We'll see progress. We've already seen progress in that area. It's an ongoing process."

-- Ron Green Jr.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 13, 2011 at 09:09 AM | Permalink


He's a rookie - the mistakes are going to come. I just wish he wouldn't have them in a winnable game!

Posted by: Curry | Dec 13, 2011 9:58:57 AM

His passes were pretty off in the 2nd half, kind of what was expected of Cam when he came in. He has really had a great year though, many good things to come. No need to over react.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 13, 2011 10:13:39 AM

We are going to be a very good team in a year or two. I didn't expect more than 4-5 wins this year, but I love how this team is building.

Posted by: really? | Dec 13, 2011 11:06:16 AM

Cam continues to struggle with his accuracy. It's now week 15, he has played 14 full NFL games. When is he going to become more accurate and intelligent with his reads and throws? The 2 interceptions he threw on Sunday directly lead to us losing that game. This loss is on Cam. His "I'm unstoppable" attitude was a nice change of direction at first, but now it's questionable at best. You can't tell your teammate to "get on your level" and then throw the game away. You could make an argument that he was better in weeks 1 and 2 of the season than he is now. I was hoping to see MUCH more improvement from Cam at this point. And his attitude isn't helping much -- Disapointed Panthers fan.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 11:22:57 AM

The honeymoon period is over. For Cam, Olindo, Ron Rivera, MARTY HURNEY-- everybody. There's no excuse to lose a game that you were leading by 16 at halftime. There's no excuse for getting outscored 24-0 in the 2nd half. There's no excuses for Cam's poor accuracy and poor reads. There's no excuse to essentially not cover Julio Jones... twice. Enough is enough with the "close games." This is the NFL, people lose their jobs for losing close games. There's no such thing as a "good loss" in the NFL. Put up or shut up.

Posted by: Jimmy | Dec 13, 2011 11:28:03 AM

Yeah, that's the last time i waste $200 and drive from Raleigh to see an epic fail.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 11:40:34 AM

it'll come. every game there has been at least one moment where i was blown away by his escape act or his ability to get a pass off and complete it where there was no play to be made.

he'll learn how to harness that ability for positive moments and limit the turnovers. it's better that he's making the stupid turnovers where he's trying to hard than just turning the ball over consistently in regular downs. remember clausen fumbling snaps and hand offs last year?

it reminds me of how jake would throw picks where he was going for the home run play to smith. that's a risk/reward situation you live with. you don't live with the guy that just turns the ball over BECAUSE he turns it over.

newton will learn when to go down and when to just throw it away. he already gets it right more than 50% of the time. as a rookie. it's insane how hard some of you have been on a rookie qb. we have never seen a rookie play this good before.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 11:42:10 AM

I drove from Raleigh to see epic failures on more than one occasion in the Fox era...give me a break and get over yourself.

Posted by: WM | Dec 13, 2011 11:47:40 AM

"Give him time, give him time" How long? 1 season? 2, 3 seasons? When is it reasonable to expect good decision making from your #1 overall pick? When is it reasonable to expect your kicker to make a 38yd chip shot? When is it reasonable to expect MARTY HURNEY to add a WR opposite Smitty? This is what Cam was talking about when he said we've accepted a culture of losing. This is a culture of losing that is feeding off itself. Cam never lost a college game and even he is finding ways to make us lose now.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 11:55:44 AM

Boooohooooo Newton the rookie qb threw 2 interceptions in a game. You people are something else.

Posted by: Why You Cry? | Dec 13, 2011 12:03:11 PM

Next year when he is still throwing 2, 3, 4 INT's a game I hope you all are still saying "give him time." If he's gonna talk the talk, he better be ready to walk the walk. He sure didn't do that in the 2nd half Sunday.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 12:50:54 PM

WOW. I cannot believe some of you people. Holding a rookie QB, that has faced more obstacles (short offseason, far more complicated offense), to the same level of an elite, veteran QB. And you know why??? Because he has been so good, you forget that he isn't an elite veteran. As a ROOKIE. ROOKIE. ROOKIE - hopefully you got it that time... How about some perspective, for a change...

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Dec 13, 2011 12:53:53 PM

Vince Young was better than Cam his rookie season, and he didn't have much talent on that Tennessee roster either. He won 9 games, if I remember correctly. And look at him now. I sure hope we're not looking at the same situation here in Carolina. Their attitudes mirror each other, though.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 1:19:21 PM

Vince Young, Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, TIM TEBOW.... just naming a few rookie QB's that that managed to filter out the turnovers by the end of the season. Not all of them had stellar defense's to play with, either.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 1:35:17 PM

Chud and Shula are gone after this season. If you think Cam is playing bad now, wait 'till next year. And how can you call anyone a "fair weather fan?" Haven't seen any "fair weather" in Charlotte in more than 5 years. Hope that Cam matures, or else we could see a replay of another downward spiral like the John Fox era.

Posted by: Will | Dec 13, 2011 2:06:34 PM

tim tebow would've won this game...i wish God was on cam's side

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 13, 2011 2:08:55 PM

Vince Young, Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan, TIM TEBOW.... just naming a few rookie QB's that that managed to filter out the turnovers by the end of the season. Not all of them had stellar defense's to play with, either.

Nate, I only have one response for this comment...TIM TEBOW is not a rookie. He is in year 2 of the NFL. Lets not forget that. Also, most of those quarterbacks joined teams with a great supporting cast. Yeah not all of them had stellar defense's, but all of them had a defense that showed up on Sunday. Not sure we can say the same for Cam. However, the majority of them did have stellar defense's (Sanchez, Roethlisberger, Flacco, and the non-rookie TEBOW). Just saying.

Posted by: KAM | Dec 13, 2011 2:11:48 PM

TEBOW might as well be a rookie. He barely got any playing time lastyear and it was a completely different offensive system. Look at what he's doing this year without the minicamp and with an entirely new offensive scheme and new coaches. I know he's not a rookie, but he's started the exact same number of games that Cam has. My point is this-- Cam has started 13 games in the NFL, and is still making the same bonehead decisions. He's not a rookie anymore, he's got more games under his belt that some NFL journeymen QB ever get.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 2:17:59 PM

Nate I bet you been waiting a long time to finally get to talk trash bout Cam. Yeah he made two big mistakes that resulted in turnovers true but why are you not saying anything bout the defense. Once the game was 23-6 it was on the defense to win that game. That's there job. Tebow don't win the games he has won this season with the help of defense. I wish people understood football before they come on sites talking!

Posted by: EG | Dec 13, 2011 2:47:08 PM

Guys, the Cam haters will hate Cam no matter what he does, he could win back to back Super Bowls and the haters will still hate, it's what they do.
Just read their posts every day for a good laugh and allow their stupidity to make you feel smart.

Posted by: Kenny | Dec 13, 2011 2:57:33 PM

i am worried that cam can't read defenses........

Posted by: Ted Milfman | Dec 13, 2011 3:43:58 PM

EG-- There's no need to mention the defense because everyone knows how pitiful they are. Our defense couldn't stop Stanford or Oklahoma St, much less an NFL team. But you can't ignore the fact that Cam put them in 2 bad spots with his careless turnovers. Both INT's resulted in great field position that ATL quickly took advantage of and scored TD's with. At least the defense has an excuse (with all those starters on IR), Cam doesn't have an excuse. If he would have been more careful with the ball, we win that game. But instead, he literally THROWS the ball directly to ATL twice. Can't do that in the NFL man, gotta learn to eat the sack.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 3:56:29 PM

I am worried that Cam can't read the frickin' playbook.

Posted by: Nate | Dec 13, 2011 3:57:16 PM

Ted, it takes time to learn how to read defenses. Cam can't do it in one year.

Posted by: byrdman4real | Dec 13, 2011 4:07:33 PM

Here is what I am saying Nate, Cam is a rookie and TEBOW is not. You can say all you want to me that they started the same amount of games blah blah blah. Factor of the matter is TEBOW has two training camps and almost two years of experience in the NFL (even if it is not starting experience) and Cam has one year of starting experience and one training camp. In addition, Cam is asked to throw the ball 34.7 times per game whereas Tim TEBOW throws 24.75 times per game. Finally, Cam has to make up for his team giving up 27.3 points per game. Basically having to score at least 4 touchdowns per game to win.

With all that being said, comparing Cam and Tebow is like comparing Apples to Pizza. They are not in the same situation and there is no way to compare how either of them would be doing in the others situation. I actually like Tebow, but your argument is baseless and makes no sense.

Posted by: KAM | Dec 13, 2011 4:07:35 PM

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