The Carolina Panthers lost starting quarterback Sam Darnold to injured reserve after hurting his shoulder in November. The team did what they could to make things right for their fans. They brought back a franchise legend to try and right the ship.
Cam Newton led the team to one of their only Super Bowl appearances. He wasn’t able to get the job done. He returned to the team this year with unfinished business.
That quickly spiraled out of control for Cam. He’s thrown more interceptions than touchdowns since coming back to the NFL. His completion percentage is a paltry 54.8%. After a blowout loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs, Newton reflected on whether he still has it.
“Football has been good to me, I was able to walk away unscathed. I don’t want to sound like I’m retiring, but I’ve had some great memories. As you think about, as you move forward, it takes more than one guy, it takes more than one talent, it take more than a couple guys. […]
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m so let down because the city of Charlotte has been good to me…You feel empty, like damn, are you good enough?”
Darnold will likely be the starter for Carolina next week when they take on the New Orleans Saints. Cam Newton will have to reflect and decide if he wants to continue his career. He risks tarnishing the incredible legacy he left in Charlotte if the poor performances continue. It sounds like he is aware of that.
Do you think Cam Newton will ever start another NFL game? Share your opinion in the comments!