Mac Attack 8/7/12: Daniel Jeremiah from NFL.com talks with the guys about Cam Newton and what he see’s for the panthers ahead this season.
Jeremiah says Cam Newton is looking as good as he ever has.
“He just looks very very comfortable, and we’ll get the games going and see if that can hold over as we get to the live action. But, I just saw a guy that was supremely confident in what his own ability is and also a lot more comfortable on the offense.”
Most know that the offense is not really a point of concern for this team. Jeremiah said the defense is still not quite as deep as it could be.
“I think they’re going to be fast…and I think they’re going to be more aggressive. In talking to coach Rivera a little bit, it sounded like they want to dial up a little more pressure this year. He does like some of their young defensive ends to develop and contribute in the pass rush.”
Still, if Carolina can effectively strategize on the defensive side, they should easily be a contender in the NFC this season.
“The whole key, I think, is turnovers. If they can get a defense that creates turnovers and give that offense some more possessions, they’re going to be very dangerous. But this is a tough division they’re playing in and an unbelievably tough NFC. When you look at it, you can find no shortage of super bowl contenders.”
Despite the controversy in New Orleans, Jeremiah said the Saints will still be the team to beat this year.
“I still give it to New Orleans…Until they suspend Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham and all their running backs and everything else, I still think they have to be the team to beat.”