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Next Panthers G.M. has some big decisions to make on Newton


When the Panthers hire a new General Manager, he’ll have some tough decisions to make.

The biggest ones will relate to quarterback Cam Newton.

The first: Should the Panthers keep him?

The second, if yes on the first: What will be done to properly support him?

Newton absorbs plenty of blame for the things that have gone wrong in Carolina lately. He deserves some of it, but the franchise deserves the bulk of it. They’ve given millions to running backs they won’t use. They failed, obviously, to determine how defenses would adapt to the things Newton did so well last season and exploit the ensuing opportunities this season.

And they continue to allow Newton to face the media without the appropriate training or guidance on what to say and how to say it. Unless, of course, they’ve given him the training and the guidance and he has ignored it.

If that’s the case, maybe the answer to the first question should be no.

For more, here’s a slice of Monday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.