Cam Newton or Kyle Allen: The Dilemma in the Carolinas

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During the third week of the preseason, the Carolina Panthers played the New England Patriots. Seemingly out of the blue, starting QB Cam Newton came limping off of the field. Fast forward to Week One of the 2019 regular season. The Panthers played a tough and hard-fought game against the Los Angeles Rams. However, their hard-fought effort was for naught as they lost and went 0-1. On a short week, they faced off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football in Week Two. Cam came up limping again after taking a slight hit to the foot. Later it was revealed that he aggravated a foot sprain from the preseason. Not long after the game clock said 0:00, it was announced that backup QB Kyle Allen would be the starter for their first road trip at Arizona.

Fast forward again to today, and Kyle Allen has been playing really well. He has totaled over 900 yards passing in four games, along with seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions. His completion percentage is around 65%, and he has been consistent, not MVP material, but consistent.

So now, after Allen’s fourth straight win this season, there is a bye week for Carolina. And there is this loud question that gets louder and louder with each week that Allen continues to do well: Should Cam start when he is fully healthy? There has been a lot of division among Panther fans, especially on social media, about what the team should do with Cam. Well, here’s my take on the situation for what it’s worth.

Cam Newton is the starter

Cam Newton

Yes, Kyle Allen has been doing really well for the Panthers, but this is Cam’s team. When he is healthy, and he is on his game, a healthy Cam is better than a healthy Allen. Think about it. Cam Newton hasn’t been fully healthy for some time now. It seems like since the 2016 season. There has been some sort of injury that he has been dealing with.

In Week Fourteen of the 2016 season, he was injured against the Chargers, and later in the offseason, he had surgery on his torn rotator cuff. Then, near the end of last season, Cam was shut down for the final two games because of his dealings with shoulder soreness. Now he is dealing with a foot injury to add to the list. Cam should be allowed to start one to two games. If nothing changes and his performance continues to be on the downward slope, then Cam should be benched, and Allen should be allowed to finish out the season.

Should the Panthers trade Cam?

Cam Newton
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 08: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks for room to run against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Ford Field on October 8, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

I really want to tell some fans to slow their roll when it comes to the idea of trading Cam. It’s not going to happen this season. Cam still has a year left on his contract. I fully expect the Panthers to keep Cam until the end of his contract and then evaluate where he is at then. The last year is a very crucial year for determining Cam’s future. I feel at the end of his contract with Carolina; he should leave and play somewhere else. Although the market is high on Cam at the moment, I do not feel it would be smart to trade him at this point and time. Let him show what he has once he is healthy then go from there.

What about the momentum?

Cam Newton

I get it. The Panthers have won four straight, and Allen hasn’t lost a game he has started. But if I am looking at it from a consumer perspective, I am not going to pay money for tickets to see a backup QB. Fans want to see the 2015 MVP, Cam Newton, and Christian McCaffrey. They want to see Luke Keuchly. I am sorry, but momentum doesn’t win ball games or championships. Talent does. A healthy Cam has plenty of ability to take this team to the Super Bowl again. Not only does he have the talent within himself, but he has weapons on his offense that he did not have his MVP year.

Allen hasn’t played bad, but he hasn’t been great. The Panthers have kept the offense simple by limiting him to one or two reads, and they have let the weapons on their offense carry the majority of the load. He has also been unable to really show that he can extend plays, and usually, when Allen is under duress, he will throw to his check down. With the offense running like it is without Cam, I can only imagine how it can run when you include his playmaking ability into the mix.

So what’s next for Cam Newton?

Cam Newton
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts in the first quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It is unknown when Cam will come back, but it is expected to be soon. How soon? I have heard a lot of rumors that he could be back on the field by the 27th of October when the Panthers come back from their bye week and head to the West Coast to take on San Francisco. He has been seen around practice without his boot, and news has come out saying that his foot is progressing. It shouldn’t be much longer until he returns to the field. Panther’s fans, in general, should be glad to see him back on the field. Why? Because right now, he is the best shot they have at the playoffs. Christian McCaffrey cannot carry the team forever. The team needs a leader, and a Superman free of injury is perfect for that job.

I’m anxious to see what the team decides to do over the next two weeks. With a big game ahead that could have playoff implications, it’s important to prepare as best as possible to come away with the win.

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My name is Austin Morris and I am a hardcore sports lover. I have a history of writing for the National Football Post and I am a graduate of two of their scouting programs. I hope you enjoy the content that I post and that you leave a more educated fan of football then when you came.