Packers coach impressed by QB Newton's Carolina debut

Packers coach impressed by QB Newton's Carolina debut

Credit: AP

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 3:25 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With two young children at home on a rare weekend off for his team, Packers coach Mike McCarthy tried to watch as much football as he could Sunday.

And as any parent knows, that can be a challenge.

McCarthy managed to catch enough of Green Bay's upcoming opponent, the Carolina Panthers, to tell that rookie quarterback Cam Newton was impressive in his debut.

Newton threw for 422 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 28-21 loss. Newton's late bid for a game-tying drive came up just short, but he still set a record for yards passing by a rookie in his NFL debut. McCarthy told reporters in Green Bay that Newton seemed "very much in control of their offense."

The Packers began preparations for Sunday's game at Carolina on Monday.
 

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