Losses aren’t changing Cam Newton’s career season

Mike Dixon
Cam Newton’s reaction to the week 11 loss against the Seahawks

Regardless of Carolina’s three game losing streak, Cam Newton has statistically played his best football in 2018 out of the eight years he’s been in the NFL.

What about his 2015 MVP season where he took the league by storm leading a Carolina Panthers team to a 15-1 record and a trip to the Super-bowl?  Yes, 2018 Cam has never looked better in all categories and blows 2015 out of the water strictly by the numbers.

First, Cam is having the success he is having because of his accuracy this year.  Newton didn’t have one incompletion in the first half against the Seahawks Sunday.  In the 11 games he’s played this season, his completion percentage (69.6) is almost eight percent more than his previous best in 2013, his interception count (7) through 11 games has never been lower, and his passer rating (103.7) has never reached the 100’s until this year.  

Part of the reason for Newton’s increased accuracy is Norv Turner.  Critics were skeptical of the Panthers offseason signing of Turner because he hadn’t coached a quarterback like Newton in his 27 years of coaching.  In the past, Turner has been with pocket passers like Troy Aikman, Phillip Rivers, and Teddy Bridgewater, but no one with the skill set of Newton.  

Critics have been proved wrong this year as Turner has transformed Newton into a pocket passer but also a mix of vintage Cam.

Newton hasn’t molded his game into simply just a passer.  Newton is the leading rusher for quarterbacks already having 417 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.  These numbers are on pace to surpass his career rush yards in a season with 754 in 2017.  

“A lot of it has to do with the people around him,” head coach Ron Rivera said about his quarterback after a week seven win against the Eagles.    

Rivera is saying part of Newton’s success is due to the new weapons he has around him.  These weapons include second year running back Christian Mccafery who leads the team in receptions, rushing yards, receiving yards, rushing and receiving touchdowns, the rise of second year receiver Curtis Samuel who has four touchdowns in the last four games, and rookie D.J. Moore who has had 248 yards receiving in the last two games.