Cam Newton hasn't looked much like Superman lately. Actually, he hasn't even looked Clark Kent.
It's entirely too easy to say that his quarterback rating is only 3.6 points lower this year and assume he is just as good as when he started his rookie season. Yet the mark of a solid quarterback is improvement and consistency. Of these two attributes, Cam has exhibited neither.
Carolina Panthers fans are undoubtedly concerned about the status of their franchise quarterback, and rightfully so. However, they cannot give up the faith just yet.
Cam's Done It Before
As mentioned above, Newton wasn't always playing so poorly. His first two professional games included 854 yards, although he also threw four touchdowns against three interceptions.
But that means that he threw for 18 more scores versus 13 interceptions over the remainder of the season. These numbers indicate that he can be an NFL quarterback at times and just lacks consistency.
He's Only 23 Years Old
Cam wasn't drafted when he was 28 years old. There is still time for him to get it together.
The biggest problem for him is mental. He's either forcing plays down the field or tucking the ball too quickly instead of working his way through his progressions.
These things can be corrected with coaching. So long as he is willing to listen and learn, Cam still has a chance to lead this team to the playoffs in the future.
Another factor that can probably be blamed on youth is his difficult-to-contain emotions. He needs to grow up, and it appears that the veterans are willing to let him know that he needs to let things go and focus on the next play or game.
Newton Was Selected First Overall
This is a simple point. Franchises cannot give up on first-round picks after two years and expect to be successful.
There really isn't much else to say on this topic. Give him time and support. Let's see where he can go.