Panther quarterback Cam Newton has been suffering from a sophomore slump this year. Newton had one of his worst games Sunday in a 16-12 loss to Seattle. He completed 41.4 percent of his passes (12 of 29) for 141 yards – both career lows – and was sacked four times.
“We know he’s a great dual-threat quarterback, but once we bottle it up and frustrate him, we know he’s going to tank a little bit,” Seahawks safety Earl Thomas said of Newton according to the Associated Press. “We were able to do that today.”
“I think he’s pressing, personally I do. He wants to make things happen so much,” Rivera said Monday per the Charlotte Observer. “He’s trying very hard to do those things, do the right things. It’s all part of him developing as a football player.”
Rivera said Newton needs to learn there are times when shorter passes are better.
“It’s not just to advance the ball quickly. But it’s to work the different levels, different options and different combinations that are there. They take this away, come down and get this,” Rivera said. “I think sometimes he holds it a little bit. He’s waiting for that guy to clear, and sometimes it’s too late.”