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Greg Cosell: The Panthers Loss Was Not On Cam Newton

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Greg Cosell from NFL Films and ESPN’s NFL Mathcup show joins the guys to break down the final Panthers game of the season, talk some True Detective, and lampoon some media discussions.
On the Panthers red zone execution against the 49ers: The Panthers ran ten plays in the red zone and did not score a touchdown, which is interesting because overall they did well on third down, converting six of ten. You can always debate playcalling. Always. There were certain plays that I thought were really well-designed plays that were execute poorly. If they were executed properly, they would have been touchdowns. There was one where Cam ran and it was a really a very cool play, but they didn’t execute it properly. You can always debate playcalling, and it becomes an easy debate when plays don’t work.
On Cam Newton: This game was not on Cam Newton. he made some big time throws in this one. If you have a good young quarterback, you need to surround him with weapons. He has a little ways to go, but he’s a good quarterback with a chance to be really good, but ultimately this offense needs more weapons.
On the offensive line: I would say at times it’s been a concern, and even as this game progressed, I thought it was over matched in pass protections, at times. That was a problem that cropped up throughout the year and something they probably need to address this offseason.
On the Panthers run game: They have to figure out what they are in their run game. As has been the case all season, they struggled with a base run game. Not talking about the Cam run game. There was no consistency, no continuity. In a game that was close, DeAngelo Williams, theoretically your feature back, had five rushes.

Greg also discusses the disparity between Steve Smith’s first and second halves, the 49ers second half offensive adjustments, the narrative of Russell Wilson and previews the conference championship games.

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