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None other than Cam Newton.  This is a rather amusing article.  Like, who did he steal the ‘C’ from?  Did he stitch it on himself?  So many questions

 

 

 

DeAngelo Williams isn’t shy about voicing his opinions.  Even on Cam Newton.

“He’s a good quarterback, he’s not great,” Williams said of Newton on The Mac Attack on Sports Radio WFNZ in Charlotte. “He’s a great football player, but he is a good quarterback.”

ESPN’s Booger McFarland made headlines in 2017 for saying that “people he’s talked to in Carolina” questioned Cam’s leadership skills and didn’t think he was particularly well liked by “a lot” of his teammates. That’s a vague statement, but it’s part of a larger notion that questions Newton as the leader in the huddle, a notion that Williams didn’t go out of his way to dispel Friday.

Williams then shockingly told WFNZ, “I don’t know, because things progress. But when I was there he was still young and the leadership fell under Steve Smith. That’s one of the reasons why they got rid of Steve. I can tell you this, though: the entire time that I was there, Cam Newton was never voted captain but he had a captain 'C' on his jersey when we stepped out on gameday.”

Cam Newton did not wear a captain's patch in his first two seasons in the NFL. Head coach Ron Rivera did announce Newton had been voted captain for Newton's third season in the NFL in September 2013. He has worn the captain's patch ever since.

This, in itself, isn’t an especially controversial opinion. Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, has had one of the harder careers in NFL history to evaluate. He’s one of the most talented athletes to ever play the quarterback position. There have been individual seasons, like Newton’s 2015 MVP season, where he’s put that all together into being an elite quarterback. But he hasn’t consistently done that - or consistently led the Panters to the postseason - which Williams believes should be as much of a part of the discussion as his tribulations.

 

“I’ve got four categories; I’ve got average, I’ve got good, I’ve got great and I got untouchable. There’s only one quarterback that is an untouchable and that’s Tom Brady. Everybody after that - Aaron Rodgers falls into the great category...and what’s crazy is Ben Roethlisberger, who I love, falls into the good category, not the great. And his worst record is 8-8.”

“I’m letting you know right now, when Green Bay loses, who do they talk about? Aaron Rodgers. When the Patriots lose, who do they talk about? Tom Brady. The quarterback shoulders all the blame in wins and losses, why is it different for Cam?”

In 2015, Newton won the MVP by throwing for 35 touchdowns, while rushing for 636 yards and scoring 10 rushing touchdowns. The Panthers went 15-1 that regular season and ultimately won the NFC Title. Two years before that, the Panthers went 12-4 and earned a first-round bye in the postseason. In 2017, Newton led them to 11 regular season wins. But in his five other seasons in the league, the Panthers have never posted a winning record.

 

There’s a fair debate to be had about just how much of a team’s success should be placed solely on the quarterback’s shoulders, which Mac and T-Bone referenced in response to Williams. He countered by suggesting there isn’t another quarterback that’s considered an all-time great that has a resume quite like Newton.

“The facts are, he has had three winning seasons. What quarterback do you know that got into the Hall of Fame or was great that had a losing season in five of his eight seasons?”

Newton will only play at age 30 this season, which still feels young considering Drew Brees had one of the better seasons of his career in 2018 at age 39. Tom Brady just won his sixth Super Bowl in his age-41 season.

But both of those quarterbacks play a style that’s more consistent with having a 20-year career. Newton has seemingly taken a beating, meaning he may be further along in his career arc than most quarterbacks are at age 30. Shock value aside, if Williams’ point is that Newton’s legacy after his first eight seasons is very much a mixed bag, he probably has a point.

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Our fan base QUICKLY analyzed and characterized Cam Newton early in his career! And it holds true to this date...a sCam is what he is, nothing more, nothing less! 

A kid going to school, athletic and brash, perhaps not too bright, but could play foozball. Elevated the social standing for himself and family while doing football at a young age. He is apt at sCamming the system. Did so in school, and now doing so now in Carolina. And did I mention his penchant for dressing so glamorously! So glad, we don’t have an idiot of this magnitude in an Atlanta Falcons uniform. 

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3 minutes ago, A Dog Named Brian said:

Pat McAfee talked about Captains on his show at the beginning of this year. He went on to illustrate how a lot of the times it’s just a PR move. Pretty much falls in line with Scam. Start of the video talks about it:

 

Nice find.

But what are the other 52 players thinking when they see a phony C on the jersey.  I would have been embarrassed to wear it, honestly

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4 minutes ago, FalconsIn2020 said:

Nice find.

But what are the other 52 players thinking when they see a phony C on the jersey.  I would have been embarrassed to wear it, honestly

I believe it’s one of those things where players inherently know who to go to on the team for leadership, coaches too. I always saw it as kind of a gimmick with most teams but I think we’re one of the few teams in the NFL that actually takes it seriously and put weight on it. Contrast that with the Patriots, I don’t believe BB actually uses the patches or used to not use them for that reason. He knows it’s a gimmick

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3 minutes ago, Jpg428gggg said:

He comes off as phony but I don’t believe anything Deangelo Williams says. He sounds like someone who is saying stuff to get noticed. Don’t blame him because it has worked for many talking heads.

 

I think Williams is a bit bitter, but what he has been saying isn't that far off from what was reported back in the earlier days of Cam's career.

 

It's been well noted that Cam was a whiny jackass who didn't show the signs of a leader when things weren't going well. He may not be exactly that at this point in his life but he did rub some people the wrong way with his attitude earlier in his career.

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4 minutes ago, OilFuturesTrader19 said:

Explains how Eli Mannning.......the most overrated quarterback in NFL history...........who is really a bad quarterback and would be a backup, if not for his name.......has a "C" on his jersey.

 

Eli will be a backup by the halfway point of this season.

 

Giants fans will be chanting Daniel Jones' name as soon as Eli plays awful, which could be within the first few games lol.

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I started watching "All Or Nothing" last night. 

I just don't get the leadership vibes from him. Granted it's a very condensed show so perception can be skewed,  but so far, it his portrayal in the show isn't that of what I'd call a Team leader 

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1 hour ago, Emmitt said:

I think in Cam’s case the stands for something other than ‘captain’. I think he wanted to remove all doubt, but we already knew he was a ****.

I think he's coming out Cis.

Editing because I really didn't know the definition.. turns out Cis Gender just means the person self-identifies as the gender they were born with and has nothing to do with sexual identity as I'd thought. Learned me something.

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