Former Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams Rips Panthers Coaching Staff For Their Treatment Of Cam Newton
You will never hear me hating on an NFL player for chasing the money (don’t hold me to that), because the league will forget you in the time it takes you to say ‘Former League MVP.’
The Carolina Panthers announced that Cam Newton has been placed on the IR, ending his season which would hand and effectively handing the keys to the Panthers offense to breakout QB Kyle Allen, who has thrown for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns over six games and posting a 5-1 record as a starter this season.
On Monday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera named Allen the starter for next week’s game against the Texans. He said Newton needs “time and rest,” to fully recover for his foot injury, but former Panthers great DeAngelo Williams thinks this caution is more subversive.
Williams, who played with Newton for four of his nine seasons as a Panther, appeared on First Take to express his anger with the top brass of the Panthers.
“I’m mad at (Carolina offensive coordinator) Norv Turner and I’m mad at (Carolina head coach) Ron Rivera,” Williams said. “What you’re asking Kyle Allen to do is not what you ask Cam Newton to do. You ask Cam Newton to win it with his legs, you ask Cam Newton to pass out water bottles, you ask Cam to read defense, you ask Cam to beat you in to so many other ways.”
“All Kyle Allen’s doing is stepping back, throwing the ball, and handing the damn ball off to Christian McCaffrey.”
“All I’m saying is, what you’re asking Kyle Allen to do, when Cam comes back, ask him to do the same thing and compare apples to apples, not oranges to apples,” he said. “Because you’re asking Cam not to just manage a game and not lose one, you’re asking him to go win one. All Kyle Allen is doing is managing the game to not lose.”
Newton’s contract expires after the 2020 season.
[h/t The Big Lead]