The more things change the more they stay the same. I worked with Panthers’ GM Dave Gettleman for a number of years in the Denver Broncos organization, both as a peer and a supervisor. Gettleman came to Denver when Bob Ferguson was named Director of Player Personnel under the Wade Phillips regime. Ferguson and Gettleman had worked together under Bill Polian in Buffalo putting together perhaps the greatest run of success with nothing to show for it in NFL history.
Gettleman was our area scout in the northeast and was charged with scouring a number of the smaller schools in college football, as well as some of the NCAA’s top powerhouses in Penn State, Boston College, and Pitt. Gettleman is a no nonsense personnel man, quickly coming to conclusions from years of seeing players come and go. He’s personally scouted Hall of Famers and his share of Hall of Shamers, but one thing was always abundantly clear. There is no “gray area” for Dave Gettleman.
The grading scale runs the gambit from elite to not a chance, with a number of alternatives in between, but for Dave it was predominantly the ends of the spectrum with very little light emitting from the middle. You either could or you couldn’t, there was no perhaps, maybe, or sort of. So when I read this article on the rookie GM’s first impressions on the Panthers’ franchise QB Cam Newton it was abundantly clear to me that things were pretty much Black and White for “Getto”, with very little shades of gray.
What’s your take?
2013 NFL SCOUTING: IS CAM NEWTON REALLY THE ROOT OF CAROLINA’S STRUGGLES?
Written by Walker Rhodes of OptimumScouting.com
Carolina Panther’s GM Dave Gettleman made headlines on Tuesday when he seemingly called out Cam Newton for his win-loss record, saying that it was the “elephant in the room”. Gettleman stopped short of saying that Newton wasn’t their quarterback of the future – instead he gave Newton a backhanded compliment saying that his statistical success had caused people to forget about his losing record as a starter. And it only took him a seven second long awkward pause to say that he did feel Newton was the quarterback of Carolina’s future.
There’s no denying that the Panthers have struggled to win games with Newton at the helm. But is that the quarterback’s fault, or should the blame be placed elsewhere?
Amongst NFL fans, the consensus seemed to be that Newton took steps backwards in his sophomore season. The 7-9 record that the Panthers finished with in 2012 would seem to back that up. Finishing below .500 for the second straight season with Newton under center clearly failed to meet expectations. Does a glance at Newton’s stats in 2012 result in the same conclusion, however?
To put it simply – no. Sure his completion percentage dropped by a couple of percentage points. But he also threw fewer interceptions, had a higher yards per pass average, and ran for more yards than his rookie season. At the very least, Newton didn’t regress in his second year. And after putting together a rookie season that was considered by some to be the best ever for a rookie quarterback, playing at the same level in his second year shouldn’t cause a general manager to worry about his quarterback.