Determined to lose weight, Cam Newton should instead focus on becoming a better leader and teammate for the Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton is seen showing how not to be a leader.

One of the most physically imposing quarterbacks in the NFL, Carolina Panthers standout Cam Newton is determined to shed some pounds this offseason.

The 24-year-old Newton, a 2011 Pro Bowler and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, wants “to become not a stronger player, but a smarter player” in 2013.

Since being chosen out of Auburn University with the top pick in the 2011 draft, Newton has started all 32 games for Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 245 pound Newton has undoubtedly benefited from being a bulky and brawny passer and the former Tiger shouldn’t seek to lose too much weight.

Rather than focusing on his build, Newton must learn how to become a better leader and stop sulking on the bench and in press conferences.

Amassing a substandard 13-19 record over two campaigns with the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner 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, Newton is clearly a force on the gridiron.

Regardless, it takes more than a powerful arm and legs to thrive as a signal-caller.

Surrounded by decent playmakers, Newton has the ability to create a buzz in “The Hornet’s Nest.”

However, in order for the Panthers to experience success, Cam Newton has to mature into “a smarter player” this autumn in Charlotte.

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