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The 2010 season showed Carolina Panthers fans two things. One was that the Panthers were easily the worst team in the NFL. The second? Jimmy Clausen is just terrible.
Luckily for the fans and their franchise, Cam Newton fixed both of those problems.
In 2010, the Panthers finished dead last in just about every offensive statistic in the book. They ranked 32nd in total yards per game, passing yards per game, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns and points per game. They also ranked 31st in rushing touchdowns with seven.
Needless to say, the team finished with the worst record in the league, and they won just two games.
That season, however, would prove to be a blessing in disguise. Without the worst record in the league, the Panthers wouldn't have had the first overall selection in 2011. And with the first overall selection, they may not have had a chance to grab Cam Newton.
The Panthers looked like a totally different team under the leadership of Newton in 2011. Instead of ending with one of the worst offenses in the NFL, the Panthers finished near the top of many categories on offense. They scored the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL and finished amongst the Top 10 in points, total yards, rushing yards and passing yards.
Cam led his crew to six wins, tripling last season's lowly total.
Now, I'm not a big fan of giving all the credit for a team's wins to its quarterback. But if you take a close look, you could make that case for Cam Newton. Besides Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey, the only notable addition to the team during the offseason was Newton.
Essentially, the offense went from the worst to one of the best because of Newton.
Also take into account the struggling defense—which missed two of their best players in Jon Beason and Thomas Davis for nearly the entire season. Cam tripled the win total with a young and extremely inexperienced football team.