Cam Newton ready to lead?
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had a lot of critics ever since he entered the league. People have said he’s not a good leader because of his actions on the sidelines. They say that because of the body language he displays on the sidelines especially when his team is losing. They say he doesn’t accept responsibility for his performance when the team struggles. Well it sounds like Newton is ready to become that leader and prove his doubters wrong.
“It’s no more excuses on my part,” Newton said. “First year is gone, second year is gone. Now, I’m considered somewhat of a veteran to these guys, you know, so taking accountability on this offense and on this team is big for me, and that’s what I wanted to come back and (have as) one of my staples to get better.” (NFL.com)
“I have no clue, I have no clue, but this is something that I’ve always done. Always done,” Newton said. “I did it at Auburn, did it at junior college … did it in high school. So, you know, I hate that it’s something for people to look at and say, ‘Oh, he’s got bad body language. He’s just pouting under the towel.’ A lot of guys have their trends … my thing is a towel.”(NFL.com)
I hope Newton follows through on what he’s said because the kid does have a lot of talent. Most players suffer those sophomore slumps but he didn’t. He performed at about the same level as he did in his rookie season. His team also won one more game then the prior year, so you could say there was improvement.
It’s time for him to take his game and his team to the next level and right now it sounds like he’s going to try too.