Know Thy Enemy: Panthers Editor Ken Dye Sits Down with the Jet Press

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Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) shares candy with people on the sidelines during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium.The Panthers defeated the Dolphins 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer, that is how that saying goes. So, we do that here as well. All kidding aside, we sat down with Ken Dye, editor of our Panthers site, catcrave.com, to discuss the upcoming preseason game.  Take a look:

THE JET PRESS: How is Cam looking so far?  Will he perform to a similar level to last season, or is there the potential for the sophomore slump?

CAT CRAVE:Cam and the entire offense had a rough go of things against the Texans. The whole team’s effort improved against the Dolphins and they looked very sharp, with Cam leading 3 consecutive scoring drives and putting 17 up on the board before the starters were pulled. I think a lot of that was due to Miami’s players learning a new system on both sides of the football. Their Dolphins have an underrated roster. What makes me optimistic is Cam led the Panthers to a 4-2 record in their final six games of 2011 with one of those being a 28-13 win at Houston. My biggest fear is that he’ll never learn how to slide properly. It’s obvious he never played an inning of baseball in his life!

While there’s always a potential for a sophomore slump, I just don’t see it for Cam this year. They finished 3rd in the division with a 6-10 record and draw the appropriate schedule this year – much like the schedule Andy Dalton’s Bengals played last year. Dalton’s Bengals never beat a team with a winning record; Cam did (the Houston example above).

That said, the NFC South is going to be brutal with the improved personnel the Bucs hauled in during free agency and the draft, so anything is possible.

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