La Canfora: National Media Blames Cam For Losses But Gives No Credit For Wins
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NFL Insider for CBS and CBSSports.com Jason La Canfora joined the Mac Attack to discuss the goings on around the league and begins by offering some very strong opinions on the home town team.
On the Panthers: They have a recipe that applies regardless of opponent. Now are the going to spank the 49ers and Patriots like the did teams like the Falcons? Probably not. I think they found their offensive identity. I was confused about the team, about what they were trying to do offensively, and what they were asking of Cam. Since laying the egg against Arizona they’ve been a different team. They have a multitude of options in the backfield and they can get creative in the running game…. I like what they have going.
On Cam Newton winning and losing: Nationally, people seem only to notice the Panthers when they’re losing and immediately the blame goes to Cam. Then when they’re winning, no one pays all that much attention and no one says a damn thing about Cam. He doesn’t get any credit for leadership or maturity or rising above when they win and when they lose and people who don’t really know what the hell is going on, immediately say, ‘Oh, Cam’s a baby. Cam’s immature. Cam’s not a leader.’ That dichotomy never ceases to amaze me.
La Canfora goes on to discuss the MVP picture, including a mention of Cam, and a quick story of how Cam impressed both Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason with his play this weekend. He offers his views on comparing Newton and 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick, both of whom he believes can be the centerpiece of a elite football team who is built to win for a long period of time. Finally, he talks about the lone remaining unbeaten in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs.