This off-season hasn’t been the most favorable in commissioner Roger Goodell’s career. Despite all the negotiations and the lock-down from the NFL in the league’s labor dispute between the league, teams and players, the only thing that was remotely predictable about this preseason was that Cam Newton would be the No. 1 pick.
Yes, there will always be controversy, whether this was the best pick, but before we even go on about the Panthers decision, we rather give him some time to see how he is going to do once he has to play with the big boys. Because let’s face it, Cam Newton was quite a phenomenal asset with the Auburn Tigers. Not only did he guide the team to a perfect season, he also secured the team’s National Championship. On the personal note, Newton received the SEC offensive player of the year award as well as the AP Player of the Year and tipped it off with the 2010 Heisman Trophy which he won by a big margin. On the Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks, Newton threw for 262 yards 2 touchdowns and one interception. So, yes, he really seems to have exactly what it takes to have success with the pros.
And yet, one can’t help to realize that winning on Saturdays is not quite like winning on Sundays and Monday nights. Truth is that college success is in no way an equivalent of success when it comes to playing in the NFL. Now, he is a talented quarterback, but can he really make that much of a difference in a team that finished with a 2-14 record last season. Yes, the Panthers won 2 games all season long. It’s not like I’m much of an expert but even Brett Favre during his peak would have had trouble shinning in those conditions. The only thing we know is that we are going to have to wait until the season kicks in (if it does kick-in, after all the lock-downs and failed negotiations) to see what the Panthers do with Newton’s talent.