Backup: Derek Anderson

Best-case scenario: Newton doesn't have to serve as the team's primary running option (he led the team in rushing yards last season), and with a more balanced Panther attack, Killa Cam repeats the performances of his first two years (fantasy impact aside, Newton had essentially the same season in his rookie and sophomore seasons) and leads Carolina to quiet contender status in the NFC South.
Worst-case scenario: New "weapons" Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn repeat their squirt gun-level play from previous stops, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart revive their long-running buddy comedy Two-Headed Backfield of Suck, and Steve Smith remains older than old dirt. Newton is forced to play one-on-11 on a regular basis, and offers to take a pay cut to return to Auburn.