Bleacher Report- Robert has always liked the Carolina Panthers, but he’s troubled by the lack of continued development of the man under center. He’s not sure Newton is the guy for Carolina, and he’s concerned the quarterback has lost the locker room—which is the worst thing that can happen to any person at any job.
Turnovers are a huge problem for Newton, and Robert isn’t going to pull punches here.
“He gets intercepted a lot,” the young reporter writes.
Now, Robert knows the Panthers are a talented squad that’s struggled recently with injuries and off-the-field issues. Every misstep can’t be attributed to Newton—just most of them.
“The players on the team are pretty good,” Robert writes. “I will admit that maybe the team is responsible for some of the losses, but most of the time it is [Newton’s] fault.”
As someone that doesn't suffer from a lack of opinion when it comes to sports, I think it is far to say that this kid's writing is already more objective than mine ever was, or ever will be. His criticisms of the Panthers organization are far more legitimate than a majority of the people that get paid handsomely to cover the NFL. Facts only with this kid. He does get intercepted a lot. Most of the time it is his fault. The problems with the Carolina Panthers run far deeper than the quarterback position. A+ review. There was no hyperbole. No outlandish allegations. No claim of expertise.
90% of the time fans or writers for any particular NFL team blame the quarterback when the team is struggling. Yeah, this kid had some harsh words for Cam Newton, but he also opened up to the possibility of it not only being his fault. How many writers would do that. Robert coming in hot. Progressive before he even hits the ripe age of 11. It's a shame he might be too level headed to have a future in the business. You can't just step on the scene and have a rational opinion based on your own knowledge of the game. You have to publish a bunch of click bait. You have to talk about Cam Newton setting black quarterbacks back 50 years. You have to talk about how Newton is incapable a success because he wears a towel over his head on the sidelines and thats symbolizes a lack of leadership. You have to talk about how the NFC South should be abolished to the Arena Football League. You have to be controversial for the sake of being controversial.
This kid having mixed emotions about the intricacies of what goes on on the football field is each and everyone of us. Except we have far too much pride to admit that we might just not have a fucking clue what we are talking about. Robert has realized that after one publication, and I think that bodes well for him in the future.
P.S. When asked how he felt about his new-found celebrity as a pint-sized sportswriter with big-time views, Romer said he was overall pretty thrilled about it, and for a completely delightful reason.
“I am very surprised and very glad because it means the Panthers might get a new quarterback,” he said.