Cam Newton Will Be Fine, but the Panthers Real Problems Are on Defense

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Cam Newton Will Be Fine, but the Panthers Real Problems Are on Defense
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The Panthers allowed fresh-off-the-street Kevin Smith to have a career day

Cam Newton might be the most critiqued NFL rookie in recent memory. Most were haters. Some were believers. Then the season started and Cam made Panthers fans excited that the team made him the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Doubters in the media changed their tune (mostly) and ate a big plate of crow. People were crowning him the next big thing after only a few weeks in the league. Now that the Panthers have fallen to a conference worst 2-8 record, people are starting to jump off the bandwagon.

But enough on Cam. Don't get me wrong. I am a believer. The kid has swagger, the kid has skills and the kid is a natural born leader. He is going to be very, very good. But the Panthers' problems aren't because of Cam throwing untimely interceptions. The Panthers' problems on defense and here is why.

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