Yesterday Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera announced Cam Newton would be out for Week 4 as the Panthers play the Texans. Backup QB Kyle Allen would start for the foreseeable future. Let’s read in between the lines…Clearly the Panthers have not been impressed with Newton so far this season. Kyle Allen had a career day in Arizona which only further raised the questions after Allen threw for over 260 yards and 4 TDs.
Let’s face it Cam Newton has been in decline since winning the league MVP in 2015. The Panthers have only made the playoffs once since, (lost to the Saints in the opening round) and Newton hasn’t come close to the same success. Switching from Mike Shula’s tailored system to Norv Turner’s more traditional system has played its part but the Panthers have invested heavily in this offense. They have drafted young receivers in Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore…Oh, and they drafted one of the best all around back in football in McCaffrey.
Now with Rivera’s statement don’t be surprised if Allen continues to play even if Newton comes back healthy. The Panthers will ride the “hot hand.” Rivera is playing for a new owner who has made it clear he has no ties to the previous regime and wants his team to win right now.
This leaves many questions unanswered. Will the Panthers move on from Cam? Should the Panthers move on from Cam? Should Cam retire?
Let’s talk about it. Please give us your opinion below and let’s discuss.