In every sport, you have a player who is labeled as “must-see TV” or that “fan favorite.” In MLB, you have Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, and a few others that fall under this category. In the
NBA, you have an extensive list, but the main 5 would be LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and probably Kyrie Irving. In the NFL, you have the longest list because of
the roster sizes of each team as well as having 32 teams in the league. The Carolina Panthers have had their roller coaster of success. They were an expansion franchise in 1995 and made it to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history back in 2003 when they lost by a field goal to the New England Patriots. They would return there in 2015 with Cam Newton at QB only to get blown out by Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Cam Newton, for the past several years, has been fun to watch as a dual-threat quarterback. Since that Super Bowl, he’s seemed a bit off kilter. The Panthers’ record since that Super Bowl berth in 2015 is 24-24 (.500). They were 6-10 in 2016, 11-5 in 2017, and 7-9 last season. Head coach Ron Rivera’s seat is getting
really warm with the lack of success these past few years when, besides the New Orleans Saints, the NFC South has been up for grabs. Regardless of the job you have, when you’re paid the big
bucks, you must take full advantage of any situation. Carolina has failed in that regard. I’ve seen more of Cam Newton holding Dannon Greek Oikos yogurt than him holding trophies recently.
That should be your sign. He’s trying to get positive attention to offset the lack of production on the field these past 3 seasons. If the Panthers do not at least make the playoffs this season, Ron
Rivera will likely be ousted as head coach. Cam Newton, if he truly is the leader of this team, must show what’s most important. Get off the TV eating yogurt in random grocery store aisles
and get onto the field more often. Stop sulking so much when you lose, learn from it, and move forward. As a franchise quarterback, that’s your role as a leader.