NFL Superstition Could Mean Trouble For Cam Newton
CHARLOTTE, NC- Some call him superman. Quarterback Cam Newton set the bar high last season, breaking Peyton Manning's single season passing record with 4,051 yards.
But old-time NFL superstition has a second-year curse that points down hill from the rookie performance.
"People that go through the sophomore slump is when they get satisfied with what they did as a rookie, thinking they already arrived and they can't any better. And then other people get better and beat you," said former Panther, Brenson Buckner.
Buckner says that won't be the case for Newton. He says Newton is a hard worker whose has a chance to improve during the off-season. But he will face new challenges.
"The sky is the limit. For him, he's going to see different defenses that are scheming just to stop him and as a second-guy, it can be overwhelming because they're going to throw the whole playbook at you," said Brenson.
Some Panthers fans say they don't care about Newton's 17 interceptions or 35 sacks from last season. They say he was a star rookie quarterback and he's going to continue making big plays this year.
"He's got a lot of weapons around him and there's no reason that his productions should drop off at all. In fact, I think I think he'll have a better year than he did last year," said Steve DiPaola, a North Charlotte resident.
"Everyone talks about the sophomore jinx, but he's just too good. Too good to let that happen to him," said Gary Gauthier, an East Charlotte resident