Carolina Panthers 2012: Why Cam Newton Won't Have a Sophomore Slump

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Carolina Panthers 2012: Why Cam Newton Won't Have a Sophomore Slump

Cam Newton came into the league with as many naysayers as supporters. "He ran a simplified system at Auburn," they claimed. "He isn't accurate enough. He has attitude problems. He doesn't have the work ethic." The list goes on. Now, those people that were oh-so-wrong this past season are clinging to the idea of Cam going through a sophomore slump. Maybe it's pride, maybe it's pure disbelief, maybe—I hate to even go here, but...it has something to do with racism. I really don't know.

What I do know is this: Cam Newton lit up the NFL like no rookie ever has last season. Ever. He threw for over 4,000 yards and accounted for 35 touchdowns and 19 turnovers. He had a 60% completion rating, and he did all of this with an extremely shortened offseason. He will continue his success next season and be a top 10 quarterback on his way to a playoff berth and another Pro Bowl.

We'll look at some of the reasons he isn't a candidate for the dreaded sophomore slump.

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