Carolina Panthers: Despite Gaudy Stats, Is Cam Newton's Rookie Season a Failure?

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Carolina Panthers: Despite Gaudy Stats, Is Cam Newton's Rookie Season a Failure?
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A dejected looking Cam Newton (1) during Carolina Panthers' 30-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans on November 13, 2011.

Cam Newton’s first NFL season is a failure. At least that's what the Carolina Panthers' (2-7) rookie quarterback seems to think.

Despite his gaudy stats and the fan base he's helping to resurrect throughout the Bible Belt, Newton's Carolina Panthers are in last place in the NFC South, they have virtually no chance of making the 2012 NFL Playoffs and Newton has thrown nearly as many interceptions (10) as touchdowns (11).

Yes, from Cam Newton’s perspective, his first NFL season has been a failure, and he said as much in a November 9, 2011 radio interview with the "2 Live Stews" on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone when asked if he’s surprised with the amount of success he’s had in his first year.

“I always give the same response about, ‘Cam, are you really surprised with your performance?’ Whether it’s a reporter, whether it’s whoever that’s asking me, I’ve asked this question to them: ‘Have you ever put a large body of work into something and expected it just to be OK?’ … So why would I be surprised with my performances right now. If anything, I feel like I’ve failed myself due to this game is about wins and losses. And I’m not hanging my hat on no 2-6 season and we still have an opportunity to change that.”  —  Cam Newton on 2 Live Stews Radio Show in Atlanta

However, according to most football fans and most of the experts who write and talk about sports, Cam Newton's rookie campaign has been far from a failure.

Instead, it has been one of the most hyped and celebrated rookie quarterback seasons of all time.

So, who's right? Cam or the experts?

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