Steve Beuerlein: Cam Newton Has ‘Done It All Year’
Of the eight quarterbacks still alive in the NFL playoffs, Cam Newton has the least amount of postseason experience – and it’s not even close.
Why? Because Sunday marks the first playoff game of his career.
Now all he has to do is beat Colin Kaepernick and the reigning NFC champions.
“He’s got zero playoff experience,” CBS Sports NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein said of Newton on The Morning Show. “Is the pressure greater on him? Does he have anything to prove this coming week and through the playoff stretch? I don’t think he really has anything to prove. He’s in his third year, he’s developed and he’s made tremendous progress from last year to this year – from not only his consistency on the field, but his consistency off the field. And you know how important that is for a quarterback to mature and assume that responsibility of that role on a football team.”
Carolina started 1-3 this season but has won 11 of its last 12 games. Yes, the defense is lights out, and yes, the running game is potent, but Newton has made plays when he had to, especially in wins against New England and New Orleans.
“I think he’s done a tremendous job of playing within the system,” Beuerlein said. “But then again, the most unique aspect of his ability is his physical ability, and so when there are opportunities to make plays either with his legs or with his arm, he’s got to cash in and take advantage of those opportunities. He’s done it all year.”
Now he just needs to do it in the playoffs.
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