Panthers QB Cam Newton didn’t play poorly last night, he just didn’t have much of a chance.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he pulled his hobbling quarterback for his own good during last night’s loss to the Steelers.
“I just took Cam out mostly because I was trying to protect him,” Rivera said, via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review. I just didn’t want to see him get hit anymore.
“But, we can’t do anything unless we protect the quarterback,” Rivera said. “That’s the first thing we have to do.”
The line allowed three sacks but a lot of the time Newton was under pressure. Part of it was on Newton, forced to hold the ball too long because receivers weren’t getting open, the story said. But most of it was on a patchwork and inexperienced line, which is one of the problems they knew about this offseason. Until the line gets better, Newton owners may want to keep this in mind when it comes time to fill out lineups...