A starting quarterback being named captain isn't typically newsworthy. It happens all the time. But Newton had been passed over in each of his first two seasons, leading to speculation that he hadn't earned the respect of the locker room.
"I recognize -- and everyone knows around the league -- when you're a team captain, that's not just a patch on the jersey," Newton said. "You're holding yourself to a higher standard with being accountable. I'm going about it each and every day and trying to make that happen."
Newton made it happen. It's all smooth sailing and super accountability from here.