It’s finally happened, and I’ve finally settled my emotions enough to write this piece. The Panthers have placed Cam Newton on injured reserved right when we all thought he could possibly be coming back. Now, the divide among the Panthers fan base might just be the biggest it’s ever been, and that’s saying something….
It’s truly a shame that some of us haven’t been able to fully enjoy this 5-1 run the boys have been on with Kyle Allen under center. It’s like for every good pass Allen makes we have to then turn around and defend Newton’s honor from the endless amount of pickup truck avatar guys who have been waiting to see him fail. Honestly, I don’t have time for all that, it’s exhausting, and I no longer have the energy.
But this is my reality for the next nine or so months.
I personally felt that if he wasn’t going to play against Tennessee then he was done for the year. That was the final “easy” matchup before we go into a very tough stretch of games. Asking him to just suit up and immediately out duel MVP form Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, IN THE SNOW might I add, is an outlandish request. Although, I’m sure Ron Rivera wouldn’t mind asking him to do so.
So where does this leave us now? As previously stated, we’re headed into a very tough stretch of games; @ Green Bay, Atlanta, @ New Orleans, Redskins, @ Atlanta, Seattle, @ Indianapolis, New Orleans.
If you talk to me on a regular basis, you know I’m not as impressed with Allen as certain big media guys who work for some popular news outlets. He’s a backup quarterback, maybe a fringe starter in my eyes. A man of many nicknames, Lovey Dovey, Baby Goat, I like to call him Matt Schaub 2.0 every now and then. That’s not bad by any means, but I would be hesitant in giving him the keys to a franchise.
The supporting cast around him is great (for the first time in forever) and the defense has played lights out barring the implosion against San Francisco. He hasn’t been asked to do a whole lot in regards to running the offense. Play mistake free football, one read play action stuff, and give the ball to Christian McCafferey. And kudos to him, he’s done just that for the most part. It must be nice when your Jameis Winston turns the ball over like 15 times placing you in some halfway decent field position.
Is that formula going to win us 6 more games on that schedule and have us in wild card position this year? I would like to see it, but I highly doubt it. Without Newton, this team isn’t built to play from behind. The offense is far too horizontal and not vertical enough to accomplish tasks like that. Again, feel free to prove me wrong.
This piece isn’t meant to bag on Allen, honestly I haven’t even gotten to my main point yet. I’m just realistic with my expectations and understand how this team is shaped. When you look at the numbers, the Panthers passing attack ranks near the bottom of the league in almost every advanced stat. See one of my favorites below.
If you’re looking at that confused, it’s basically adjusted yards above/below their opponents average. So as you can see, as a whole, Carolina ranks up there with some of the best teams in the league but the offense is really dragging the defense down. Wonder why that is?
I don’t like to point fingers, but we all know it’s not McCafferey.
Decent company there. Again, this isn’t meant to shit on Allen. I think he’s a competent backup and he’s doing what he’s been asked to do. Nothing wrong with that. He’s made some damn good throws but he’s not your future at the quarterback position.
Now, let me get to the point now that the shade is out there.
Cam Newton shouldn’t be going anywhere and if he does this franchise has failed horribly.
If you turn on any sporting network at some point they will have a segment on the future of Cam Newton and most of these analyst are ready to see him be dealt to the another team and I ask why?
I mean really, I love Stephen A. Smith as much as the next guy and sure would Cam transcend the Bears into immediate title contenders? Absolutely. So why would Carolina even entertain doing that unless the package the Bears are offering is THAT luxurious?
It just doesn’t make sense to me. How can some of these guys start their segment saying Cam is done, Carolina should move on, then at the end of the segment they say he’s the answer to another franchises prayers? That doesn’t really add up.
Even the argument that it would financially make sense is a little off. Cutting or trading Cam in the offseason saves the team roughly $19 million in cap space. $19 million is a bargain for a player who just a year ago was in MVP discussions before we went down to injury. That’s literally like Andy Dalton money. Sure, it would help to sign a couple more players who are due for a deal in the coming years, but are any of those guys ever going to be as impactful as Cam has and can possibly be again? Again, highly doubt it.
If Allen is your guy for the future then you have to give him a half way decent contract this offseason since his deal ends in 2020. At least, that’s if things go well down the stretch this season. If he’s your starter going into next season he’s at least getting Jacoby Brissett money at $15 million a year, that sounds fair? Of course, I could be wrong, but that’s what I’m assuming. So Carolina’s big money saving move is to release a LEAGUE MVP for a backup quarterback because it will save them at the most like $5 million?
So why would you not let Cam see if he can come back healthy and be the player he once was prior to injury? Adding a player of that caliber at the quarterback position immediately makes this current roster a threat to contend for the Super Bowl.
This of course is all speculation. Plenty of other factors can go into this, we could lose out and David Tepper may clean house and the new regime may want to go with a completely new slate. That’s a different argument. One I still wouldn’t agree with, but would make a little bit more sense than Rivera and Hurney just getting rid of him.
Even still, if that’s the case would a new head coach that’s hopefully named Lincoln Riley really want Allen as their guy? We aren’t going to be in position for one of this year’s elite passers. It would be a little silly for a new coach to come into this deep a roster, bail on Newton, not pay Allen, and just a waste a season without seeing what Cam has left in the tank while he’s under contract. Or am I missing something? I don’t know, whatever.
So please, I would like to think the guys in charge are smarter than the media guys who just want clinks from us angry Panther fans. Let’s just do our best to stay in good spirits, root for Allen to get some wins. Soon enough the madness will be stopped and Cam will be back on his way to a comeback player of the year award and Lombardi trophy.
You would love to see it.