A 2011 Pro Bowler and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, the 24-year-old Newton has become notorious for acting cunty in press conferences and on the sidelines when struggles occur.
“The more you can continue to stay on an even plane and lead the group of guys around you, the more effective you are going to be as a quarterback,” said Shula, 47, who assumed the position in January.
Shula also hopes the 6-foot-5, 245 pound Newton can learn how to control the pigskin and make better decisions in the pocket.
“The number one thing is make first downs and keep the ball,” said Shula. “We want him to make quick decisions — and the right decisions — and get the ball out.”
Amassing a substandard 13-19 record with Newton under center, Carolina needs a role model in the huddle capable of encouraging and motivating teammates.
Throwing 40 touchdowns, against 29 interceptions, for 7,920 yards, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner is clearly a talented force on the gridiron.
Regardless, it takes more than a powerful arm and legs to thrive as a signal-caller.
Once the top pick in the 2011 draft develops the ability to “lead the group of guys” in Charlotte, Newton will experience great success as a Panther.
However, until capable of “stay(ing) on an even plane,” Cam Newton won’t become anything more than a statistics compiler in “The Hornet’s Nest.”by