Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers: Keep Your Enemies Close – 5 Questions with Cat Crave

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Aug 28, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback

Cam Newton

(1) passes the ball during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

2. Cam Newton has excelled in his first few seasons despite a less-than-stellar supporting cast around him on offense. Is he finally getting more help in 2015 or is it more of the same?

"I’m confused?  How is it considered a less-than-stellar supporting cast when he had Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams, and still has Stewart and Olsen.  Plus, before Benjamin was hurt this year, that is a 1000-yard receiver.  How is that a bad group of players, considering back-to-back division championships."

My take:

I’m confused too. It’s fairly well known that Cam Newton hasn’t had too much help outside of Steve Smith since being drafted in 2011. DeAngelo Williams’ last 1,000 yard season was in 2009, 2 years before Cam was even in the league. Jonathan Stewart was really only “healthy” last year and Olsen’s 2014 campaign was a “breakout” season in what has been an above average career.  Looking at their offense now, the line looks like a disaster and Cam’s only viable skill players are Jonathan Stewart and Greg Olsen.

Additionally, I wouldn’t really feel too great about “winning” the worst division in football two years in a row, especially when one of those division championships came on the strength of a losing record.

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