Coach Ron Rivera said upon hiring offensive coordinator Norv Turner that he wanted to see Newton get to "another level." That level, however, won't necessarily include making Cam a statuesque pocket passer.
"What he has done has really refined his game, really become a pro, but he's going to play his way," Turner said. "He's going to run -- that's what makes him the dynamic player he is -- but also making the throws in the pocket, going through his reads. All of those things come from experience, and he's played seven seasons now."
Turner's job is to help Newton sand down the rough edges. The QB's biggest trouble during his first seven seasons were fits of inaccuracy, often sailing passes high. For his career, he has a 58.5 completion percentage. The past two seasons he averaged a 56 percent completion rate on 1,002 pass attempts.
"A lot of things go into that -- your eyes, your feet and ultimately your decision making. If you can get those three things down in regards to your completion percentage, a lot of times instead of trying to make the high-degree-of-difficulty throw, you can get the ball to the back or tight end," Turner said. "He doesn't need changing; he just needs to be the best version of Cam Newton."
The best version of Newton is a dual-threat monster with a cannon arm who can fit the ball into any window. When Cam's swag is on, he can be as deadly as any QB in the NFL. The goal of Scott and Norv Turner is to push the right buttons to keep Newton hot for longer stretches next season.