CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There might be disagreement about whether the Carolina Panthers should play Cam Newton within the last three games given the ongoing soreness in the quarterback’s right shoulder with all the team’s playoff chances fading.
Newton isn’t having any portion of this.
Told from people outside the company, Newton said,”Exactly.”
This was the response that is proper.
The Panthers (6-7) have a road to a playoff spot, also Newton gives them the best chance to make it. You never sit your franchise quarterback so long as there’s the opportunity, unless there are concerns about damaging very long term to the shoulder.
There don’t appear to be.
The big picture so far as the playoffs becomes much more clear after Minnesota (6-6-1) lost at Seattle on Monday night. Carolina is currently a half game back of this sixth and final seed from the NFC.
The Panthers still likely would need to acquire their final three games — home also at New Orleans , home against Atlanta and against New Orleans on Monday night — to really have a shot. This seems like a long haul because New Orleans (11-2) is battling the La Rams (11-2) for the top seed from the NFC.
However, say the Panthers get past Atlanta and New Orleans, and the Saints are locked into the first or second seed heading into the week. Saints coach Sean Payton could break his starters, which would increase the chances of winning in New Orleans of Carolina.
Even when Carolina ends up, it might want Minnesota and Washington (6-7) to lose once more. The Vikings close against Detroit Miami and Chicago. The Redskinsdown for their quarterback and winners of four straight, close with Jacksonville, Tennessee and Philadelphia.
Therefore actually really a path is, also Newton will be the only quarterback who can lead the Panthers it down.
This does not mean rsquo that the shoulder isn &;t even an issue. Newton didn’t throw on Wednesday or Thursday and it has missed a minumum of one day throwing in all of the past seven weeks.
This, based on some former NFL executive,”is perhaps not really a incentive.” Back after Newton first began after throwing 2-2 times from the fourth quarter of a comeback win in Philadelphia, getting, Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner confessed being limited over a long period isn’t ideal.
“That is a dangerous thing,” Turner said in October. “The more you must do itthe more challenging it has to play”
The other day, Turner confessed that Newton being limited in practice has”been hard.”
“He is doing a fantastic job of it, and we’re attempting to manage it that the best we can,” he said.
Although Turner said that has a great deal newton’s shortage of heavy punches additionally is concerning.
No matter according to ESPN Stats & Information, Newton is low in completions of 20-plus yards. He’s converted just nine of 33 attempts for a 27.5 completion percentage that ranks 28th out of 3 2 qualifying quarterbacks.
Newton’s Full QBR on yells of 20-plus yards this season is a gloomy 17.7. He was 87.4 and also 92.2 his first two seasons in the league, and also in 94 throughout his 2015 MVP season.
However, Newton’s overall performance, out of a four-interception game against Tampa Bay a couple of weeks ago, has remained solid. He did not have a wonderful game against the Browns missing his recipient in the end zone from the 3-yard lineup with just over two minutes.
He was intercepted together with 57 seconds left on his final ditch.
However he completed 68.2 percent of his passes, and the interception seemed like a miscommunication with wide recipient Devin Funchess, who earlier in the game admittedly made an error that cost the Panthers a chance to take the lead.
He did not throw Funchess.
“It was more about understanding the way the shield maps outside whether you are [the] sexy [receiver] or perhaps maybe not,” Newton said. “Much like that I said [sooner ], executing”
Newton will need to be in his very best to see through the Saints in a prime time game at Bank of America Stadium. Having the shoulder to break should help.
However there shouldn’t be any disagreement about sitting Newton so long as the Panthers have a chance.