Cam Newton's Job Safe for Now, But How Can Panthers QB Ensure It Stays That Way?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 5, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after being sacked on the final play of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton is the future of the Carolina Panthers' franchise, but he is struggling mightily in the present.

The proverbial sophomore slump has struck Newton in the worst way.

Through four games this season, Newton has thrown for only four touchdowns as opposed to five interceptions.

He has lost his usual rushing prowess, gaining less than 10 yards in half of the Panthers' games so far.

Carolina is desperate to start winning contests, and a current record of just 1-3 is quickly throwing the Panthers out of the NFC South race.

So, how can Newton turn the season around for himself and the team at large?

Carolina needs Newton's skill set in order to be successful, and he needs to restore faith in his ability to be one of the greatest young quarterbacks in the league.

Let's breakdown what needs to change moving forward:


Newton's Attitude

What is the quickest way to lose the faith of teammates, coaches and fans?

Look like you just don't care.

Newton's postgame press conference after a Week 3 blowout at the hands of the New York Giants was a train wreck.

He looked bored, uninterested and showed no signs of turning the season around.

How can teammates rally behind a despondent leader?

During that contest, veteran wide receiver and team captain Steve Smith actually had to tell Newton to get off the bench and join his team on the sidelines.

Newton's attitude is something that can easily be fixed and altered in order to become a positive force behind the Panthers' attempted turnaround.

It seems simple, but having a true leader at QB is essential.


Limit Turnovers

Newton's high turnover rate is costing the Panthers victories, or at least chances to win games.

Last season, Carolina was 6-1 in games where Newton did not throw an interception.

That record shifted to 0-9 when he did.

The lesson to be learned?

Newton absolutely, positively has to be smarter with the football and keep the Panthers in games.


Throw Less, Run More

Carolina went 6-3 last season when Newton threw the ball 20 times or fewer.

This offense is at its best when it is utilizing its tremendous skill on the ground.

DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart may not be quite the two-headed monster they once were, but once combined with Newton, the Panthers have one of the most formidable rushing attacks in all of football.

Draw plays, play action, option plays, designed QB runs.

Carolina has the ability to step outside of the traditional "drop back and throw" box used by other teams.

Newton is a unique QB and it is important that Carolina allows him to play to his strengths.



Newton has shown that he can be a dynamic force. For some reason, this season he has been somewhat reserved and restrained.

By unleashing his boisterous personality and getting back to the game plan that made him great a season ago, Carolina can get back in the hunt in the NFC South.

And maybe he can regain the trust of a locker room that is undoubtedly questioning his leadership.


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