NFL Analyst: Time For Carolina To Move On From Cam Newton

The Panthers have a tough decision to make at quarterback

The DA Show
November 11, 2019 - 2:28 pm

Kyle Allen went undrafted in 2018, but he might be the quarterback of the future for the Carolina Panthers. 

Allen, 23, played valiantly against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at snowy Lambeau Field on Sunday, going 28-of-43 for 307 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Allen took the Panthers 88 yards in 18 plays on the final drive of the game, but Christian McCaffrey was stuffed at the goal line as time expired. Green Bay won 24-16.

Still, has Allen done enough to prove he can lead the franchise going forward?

“Marty Hurney and the brass for the Panthers have got a tough decision to make,” former Pro Bowl QB and current CBS Sports NFL analyst Steve Beuerlein said on The DA Show. “I don’t know if you really can turn the reins over to this kid, Kyle Allen, based on what you’ve seen in this short period of time. Let’s see what he does down the stretch. We know Cam Newton is not going to be a factor the rest of this year. Let’s see if Kyle Allen can continue to give his team a chance to win and make the plays that a quarterback has to make in the NFL over the last six weeks of the season.”

Allen has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,598 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

“He’s proven he can play a very consistent quality quarterback,” Beuerlein said. “He’s the perfect type of quarterback for Norv Turner. He is a student. He’s a kid that will go through his progressions and get the ball to the right guy. He’s accurate. He can make all the throws. But let’s evaluate him based on what he does the rest of this season. Then you’re going to have to put some hard thought into it in the offseason.”

Newton, meanwhile, has been out since Week 2 with a LisFranc injury. He is reportedly considering surgery.

“I do believe from an organization standpoint, the tough decision about whether to let Cam Newton go or not, I think you have to strongly consider it,” Beuerlein said. “I would kind of lean that way because he does have value. You’re still going to get a lot for Cam Newton, I believe, and there’s a lot of question marks about him, whether he can be your guy, whether he is going to be a fit in Norv Turner’s system, whether he can be the consistent type of pocket passer that they want and that they need in that type of a system. It’s going to be a tough decision, but I think the time is to move on from Cam Newton. The question is whether or not Kyle Allen is the guy you’re going to build around as you go forward.”

The Panthers (5-4) are fighting for a Wild Card spot. They play four of their final seven games at home.

“If he plays consistently down the stretch, I think the call would be let’s give this kid a chance,” Beuerlein said of Allen. “We’re going to have a lot of money freed up to bring in some great quality players around him. Let’s bring in a solid, established backup quarterback that’s won football games in the past. There’s going to be several of those guys out there. If he can’t handle it as we get into next year, we haven’t invested a lot of money into the quarterback position yet. Let’s go out and find that next quarterback after that point. If he plays well down the stretch, he’s earned the right and the confidence of his teammates to have that opportunity going into next year. 

“But you’ve got to secure yourself against the possibility of maybe him falling flat on his face in that next year with the expectations and the opportunity to be the starting quarterback,” Beuerlein continued. “Not everybody can handle that. That’s going to be a question that they’ll have to address. That’s the way I’d probably go about doing it.”