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Cam Newton is having a crazy season, for all the wrong reasons. As a rookie, he was seen as the future of the NFL and as the next big thing in sports. In 2012, his season has been labeled as a sophomore slump and his character has come into question.
Steve Smith had a few words for Newton after sulking in a blowout loss, essentially questioning his character. Newton's fumble last week against Atlanta paved the way for the Falcons to steal a victory in Atlanta, essentially putting his performance in question.
Newton has taken a lot of heat on and off the field through four games this season. He needs a big week against Seattle on Sunday to redeem himself before things get totally out of hand. If he can stay composed and settle down and just be Cam Newton, things will work themselves out.
However, if Newton caves in to the pressure around him, things will get messy in Carolina. This week will be crucial in the development of Newton as a mentally tough quarterback and could get the Panthers back on track for playoff contention.