When Michael Jordan—one of the best competitors to ever walk the face of the Earth—has some advice for you, it is probably in your best interest to listen.
According to Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer, Jordan spoke on Cam Newton's recent struggles, saying:
Obviously he’s trying to put a lot of things on his back and that’s human nature. Sometimes when you expect so many great things you want to carry that burden yourself. And it’s virtually impossible. He’s going to have to get the support of his team—obviously the organization is supporting him—and grind through this.
Jordan and Newton are neighbors in the same Charlotte high-rise (via Al.com) and have experienced the same trouble of being unable to bring wins to the North Carolina city.
After a stellar rookie season, Newton has done little in his sophomore year. The former Auburn quarterback has only five touchdowns to eight interceptions and ranks among the bottom tier of quarterbacks in quarterback rating (75.2) and completion percentage (57.1).
While he has six NBA Championship rings with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats are coming off a season in which they had the NBA’s all-time worst winning percentage (.106, a 7-59 record).
Jordan continued with words for his young disciple, saying:
Every leader in any scenario always must look himself in the mirror and say, "Can I do more?" or "What can I do to enhance the scenario with my teammates to pull them along?" or do whatever I can to try to make the situation better. That would be my advice. Look yourself in the mirror and say OK, evaluate what I’m doing, evaluate what needs to be done and see what I can do to help.
Newton is an obvious talent and physical specimen. He has the skills to be a top quarterback in the NFL—he showed that his rookie year. However, the second-year QB needs to learn how to take the rough patches in stride and move on to greener pastures.
Newton and the Panthers will have a chance to get their 1-6 season back on track Sunday against Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are allowing the most passing yards per game in the NFL this year (314.2 YPG).