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Mike Shula Expects Panthers QB Cam Newton To Better Handle Emotions In Year Three
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.
Newton has shown that he has the physical skills to be an elite quarterback but now Shula wants to see him take a step forward emotionally, specifically 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."
At times TV cameras have caught Newton moping on the sidelines and even teammate Steve Smith has called him out in the past for sulking on the sidelines.
Newton wasn't at the team's rookie minicamp this weekend, but has said in the past he needs to control his emotions and become a better team leader because he knows his teammates are watching him.
"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.
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."
Source: Sporting News
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