In the game on Sunday the Panthers' first possession unfolded like a point-by-point rebuke of everything bad anyone had ever said about Newton's abilities... The coaching staff is using Newton like the quarterback they drafted him for. They are not forcing him to become a pocket passer and are building a game plan around his talents, fortunately they have an offense that is explosive enough to support his talents. In these last 2 games he has shown timing and touch on his throws which were both huge knocks in his game during the draft. He is surprisingly accurate when he is off balance/on the run/throwing off his back foot as well... something the draft 'experts' condemn of a rookie QB. He threw for 151 yards in the first quarter of the game and even though the mistakes started piling up for him, you have to appreciate how well he has come along for a 2 game pro.
This last weekend, Cam Newton threw for over 430 yards on an elite Green Bay defense. The weekend prior he threw for 422 yards against a very dismal Cardinals defense. This gives him 854 yards in 2 games, 86 yards below Tom Brady's other-worldly numbers right now putting him on pace for a 7,000 yard season (not going to happen).
I bring this all up because we have an amazing talent as well waiting in the wing. With all the negative things draft 'experts' said of Lockers abilities the pre-season showed he is very very capable of becoming an elite QB. If Newton's abilities are any indication of the kind of QB we potentially have, I am extremely excited.
We get so over-informed in pre-draft information that we start to doubt the amazing talents of these kids, but if Carolina can do what they have with Newton (which IMO has lesser talent/football intelligence then Locker does, not saying he isn't smart... but Newton is an athlete with a decent head on his shoulders making extremely athletic plays and taking in what his coaching staff is giving him <<< the key) then I believe Locker will become that much better of a QB having the ability to learn under a truly solid/smart QB as Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck does not have all the athletic ability in the world, but he knows the game. He knows his teammates. He knows what it takes to win. He knows what he can and can not do (for the most part). I am excited for him to teach this things to our Rookie QB making him that much better. I look forward to our future.