Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula believes Cam Newton is ready to take a big step forward entering year three, providing he can manage the ups and downs that come with the job.
Shula wants Newton to step forward emotionally when it comes to handling adversity.
“Probably the biggest thing for him is maintaining that balance,” Shula said. “Because everything around you during the football season is going to be up and down.”
“The more you can continue to stay on an even plane and lead the group of guys around you, the more effective you are going to be as a quarterback,” said Shula, who added that Newton has been one of his favorite players ever to coach.
Shula said his focus will be on making sure Newton continues to progress in his decision making ability.
“We want him to make quick decisions — and the right decisions — and get the ball out,” Shula said. “That helps the receivers and the offensive line and keeps people off of him. I think he’s gotten better each year. I feel better about him now than I did last year. You can’t substitute anything for the experience he’s gotten. The ups and downs. You are going to be better because of it. As we feel like we have guys surrounding him that are poised to have really good years.”