From The Mac Attack
Mac Attack 7/31/12: Eugene Robinson from The Panthers Network Talks Panthers Football Training Camp and recod setting numbers of fan support.
Robinson said all our big expectations for the panthers are not too lofty. In fact, they’re right where they should be based on last year’s circumstances.
“This is almost an offensive league now, and that offense was able to put up points any team in the league. We were in games basically without a defense because of a lot of the injuries that this team experienced and also the youth that this team has.”
Robinson even expects big things from the defense this year, in spite of the fact that the defense made up the bulk of Carolina’s woes last season.
“If our defense comes back with the people that we selected and the people who were injured, we can be extremely good…That’s why I’m excited because I think this defense is going to get to the level of that offense.”
He highlighted Jon Beason as someone who can be a game changer.
“Jon Beason was such a galvanizing force. He is truly a leader in every sense of the word. People just absolutely follow him, and then his play speaks volumes. He can run sideline to sideline.”
Robinson had several claims to defend Cam against all the analysts who are still predicting a ‘sophomore slump.’ The strength of the line is the first reason Robinson sees no slump in the upcoming season.
“The other component that some people may be missing is that Cam Newton had a great offensive line last year also. The offensive line kept people at bay where Cam was allowed to go ahead and do what he did. Tuck the ball and run or throw the ball on the corner…He was able to do all that stuff, and do it with confidence. His confidence grew behind a line that kept people at bay.”
Besides the great protection from the offensive line, Robinson said that there is no doubt Cam possesses unique talent.
“He’s just a rare, exceptional athlete, so I don’t see that slump as some of the analysts are predicting that he’s going to have a sophomore slump. I see this guy just getting better and better, and when his time is over I think he’ll be one of the best quarterbacks that we talk about.”