The Carolina Panthers decided to make a change at offensive coordinator this offseason, with Mike Shula making way for Norv Turner. A likely factor in that change was the Panthers’ desire to see more improvement from Cam Newton and the passing game, which has been too inconsistent over the last couple of years.
Turner acknowledges that Newton has been a bit too erratic for his liking and that he’d like to get rid of his quarterback’s more extreme performances in favor of more consistency.
“But the one thing that I think when you look at it that we’re going to work hard to help him is, he has a large number of games where his quarterback rating is as high as anyone’s is,” Turner said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Bill Polian. “It’s in the high 90s, low 100s. But in the middle of that, of a 16-game season, he has four or five games where that rating is not very good. And that, obviously, makes your average not as good as you’d like. So what we’re going to try to work hard for is eliminate the peaks and the valleys and try to, on a weekly basis, make it more consistent. And I think that’ll help us, offensively, be more consistent and certainly will help him.”
Newton’s inability to develop more consistency in terms of his accuracy with shorter passes has plagued him over his first seven seasons in the league. Although, he’s been able to overcome that shortcoming and remain an above-average quarterback.
It remains to be seen if Turner is the coordinator who is finally able to unlock that part of Cam’s game as he's claimed previously. If so, then that should be good news for the Panthers’ chances of returning into title contention this season.