After MVP season, Cam Newton has quiet exit

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers with a score of 24 to 10 to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After an MVP season, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was beat up on the field and quiet off of it Sunday night. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Cam Newton had an MVP season, leading the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 regular season and into the Super Bowl with two playoff wins.

Then came Sunday and Denver’s 24-10 win for the league championship, and after a week of verbal dabbing, Newton looked older than Peyton Manning. He was sacked six times (Denver also had one on Ted Ginn Jr. after a throw back), fumbled twice, threw an interception, was harassed often and officially hit 13 times (though it seemed like 113).

Afterward, he looked old, he felt old, he sat dejectedly in a black hoodie and the last thing he felt like doing is talk about what happened.

Here’s Newton’s entire post-game interview session with the media:

On the loss: “They just played better than us. I don’t know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us and that’s what it came down to. We had our opportunities. There wasn’t nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That’s it. They scored more points than we did.”

On what he would tell fans: “We’ll be back.”

On why Carolina didn’t play as well as they have: “They outplayed us.”

On what coach Ron Rivera said to them: “He told us a lot of things.”

On if Denver did anything unexpected: “Nothing different.”

On if he could put his disappointment into words: “We lost.”

On if Denver changed anything to take away Carolina’s running lanes: “No.”

With that, he walked off the podium.

For what it’s worth: While Newton did not play well Sunday, this game was about Denver’s defensive front dominating Carolina’s offensive line, particularly the Panthers’ revolving-door tackles. Newton didn’t have a chance.

As for his abbreviated comments, I’m not going to bang on him for that. He could have handled the post-game better but he was good with the media all week, even amusing when he was worn down by some inane and repeated questions. He’s an emotional player, and emotional person, so it wasn’t surprising to see him react the way he did.

But it wasn’t a good final picture for the 2015-16 season.

EARLIER: Denver’s defense gifts a title for Peyton Manning

EARLIER: Short takes: Both quarterbacks struggle but it was a day for defenses

Recent ramblings from the Digital Jukebox

Reader Comments 0

94 comments
TideDawg
TideDawg

I get the AJC every morning. No football, no baseball in the sports section. Anything that starts with "basketball" I skip which leaves me with a sports section that takes less than 5 minutes to read.  Writers must be desperate for something to write if they have to dig up trash on Manning. They tried the hormone thing and that fizzled out so they needed something new.....alas, a sex scandal. I imagine there are millions of college coeds that could say they were sexually harassed. The main thing most college girls want is to be noticed and pursued. They want the attention. Nothing wrong with that except they become vulnerable and some of the college hot guys get carried away and try to go to far, that's when it becomes a problem. But, you don't wait 10 years to report it. I don't think Manning is any different from any other red blooded male in regards to a conquest. Maybe he went too far....maybe he didn't. I'm sure the investigative media will get to the bottom of it......after they have used the story until people are tired of it. Selah.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Mike check.........I was all in with Cam and his "fun" football, then he lost the Super Bowl and acted like a Puss!..........had a chance to go to the next level and shat his pants. Hope he can rebound.......Now I wonder are the Jameis jury going to throw some rocks at Peyton......HMMMMMM?.........most of the "jury" were SEC fans?

TOJacket
TOJacket

Does the AJC still employ writers?........or even those slackers you already had?

TideDawg
TideDawg

When class was handed out Cam thought the man said ^ss and that's what he turned out to be. He's a great QB with no class.

Happy_Smith
Happy_Smith

Can't say anything negative about Cam..  The minute ya do...Whether valid or not... The response is...


It must be because I'm Black!


Give me a break!!  Cam...  Go Back to stealing laptops... Ya PUNK!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Cam is narcissistic and he doesn't give a dayum what you think about him. He is always right and that is all the matters to him and Cecil.  Deal with it.

POV1948
POV1948

Jeff, no column yet on bad apples in Knoxville?  I would have thought my now you'd have found a way to make it Richt's fault.  

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Really? I mean, really? These times are tough on old guys. Times have surely changed for guys who grew up watching pro football way (way, way) back when runners would carry the football into the end zone (even the great Jim Brown) and then drop the ball on the ground or hand it to the ref and  run back to the bench or the huddle. It was all about a quaint social more, which has essentially disappeared from the American culture - modesty. It was all about doing your talking on the field, not with your big fat mouth. Days gone by forever, and sadly so. 


I like Cam Newton. He is truly a great player. And for all of the positives, he proved on thing yesterday, and not surprisingly so. He proved that . . . . yes, it was there for all the world to see . . . It is ALL ABOUT ME. Pretty much the motto of the modern national culture. It is all about me. Me, me, me, me, me . . . . ad infinitum . . . ad nauseum.  


It is easy to come off as a class act when times are good, everything is going your way, and you are winning. It is a lot tougher and takes a lot more character to do that when things re not going well, and you are losing. Sadly, Newton showed his real colors. Not all that different from most in the NFL or any professional sport these days, but that does not make it right.


I cannot imagine football heroes from days or yore engaging in such a performance, or even any of the"older guys" now playing, as Sanders implied. Can you imagine Manning, or Brady, or Montana, or Staubach, or Stabler, Marino, or Farvre , or any of all time great quarterbacks pulling a stunt like that? I can't. 


You can make all the excuses that you want, but the greats win with class, and they lose with class. The jury is way out on this guy. 



BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Manning did pull a stunt by not shaking Bress hand after losing

PappyHappy
PappyHappy

Leaders have to lead, not only when they win, but especially when they lose!


After the first quarter Sunday night, and through this week, had to ask the following questions over and over:


1) Why did the Carolina Offensive line not protect the QB better than they did?  It was SACK City? 


2) Why did the Panther's receivers drop catchable balls?


3) Why were there not more opened lanes for Stewart?

4) Cam gave up the ball two times at critical junctures.  Why did he not attempt to cover the last fumble? 


The real question is this:  Was Cam Newton the leader we thought he was, or did Cam Newton -- throughout the season -- make a lot of the plays himself without relying on team mates?


Cam Newton has the skills and build to be one of the greatest players of the game.  But, he needs to grow up; mature; start getting out of his team mates what they are capable of doing.  He needs to turn the page from Sunday night, and show that he is a LEADER in the future!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

So sorry to see the Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl...I was really forward to reading a daily dose of the edification and adulation of Cam Newton by the black editors of the on-line DJC by the for another 6 or more weeks

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

He could have handled the post-game better but he was good with the media all week, even amusing when he was worn down by some inane and repeated questions


Exactly. He was coming off of a win and thought he was unstoppable. Never under estimate your opponent. Especially in the NFL; last time I checked the other team got paid a lot of money too. 


Look at the way he is sitting in that chair. He looks like a child who is pouting. Can you think of another elite QB in the league who would be sitting at all, let alone sitting like a 5 year old that just lost??????


Newton wins like a child and loses like a child. Somebody should've asked him why he didn't fall on the fumble instead of holding up!!!!

camelToeJoe
camelToeJoe

Carolina's defense dominated the football game.  Cam's inability to throw accurate passes and check down were the difference in the game.  He continued to attempt to take deep shots downfield, which gives the pass rush time to get to him.  


So Newton plays behind a line that performed like the Falcons line has performed for the past 3 seasons and Newton 'has no chance'.  Yet Ryan is blasted for throwing for over 4000 yards each of those seasons.  Why the excuse making for Newton?  

Russholt
Russholt

sCam showed his true self, punk, immature, Hopefully that beat down, and having to face his team in the locker room after that fumble debacle will mature him a little. Also EPIC FAIL to Coach(sic) Rivera for not stepping up and leaving his QB in the wind with that presser.

ccrider27
ccrider27

It appeared to me, just based on his demeanor thereafter, that Newton was somewhat concussed on that first sack, fumble and TD recovery by the Broncos.


For the rest of the game, he seemed slower and often exhibited that 1,000 yard stare...just going through the motions. The Panthers were never in a position to put in a backup quarterback, so Cam had to stay in no matter what.


In ten years all these big football fans are going to be talking about had sad it is that Cam's mental condition has deteriorated so much 'in such a young man.'


I hope he's having second thoughts about playing any more.


Football has got to go. We all need to just get over it.

camelToeJoe
camelToeJoe

@ccrider27


The excuses continue to get more creative.  He stood in the pocket for about 3 secs before he was hit.  I guess he was trying to remember where the 2nd receiver might be.  

Woody10
Woody10

One thing about his "exit", it wasn't quiet.  He gave his detractors ammo for years to come.  Not jumping on that fumble will haunt him forever.  I'm not hating here.  I thought he had turned into a great leader, wow I don't think so.  I don't imagine they will go over game film of the game but if they did, how bad a moment in the film room would that be.  I hope he can recover but it will be tough.

WHSRman
WHSRman

Not going to bang on him, eh, even though he sat there sulking, like a petulant child?  This guy is an embarrassment with his antics.  He pissed me off right from the beginning, when he disrespected the National Anthem. He was in desperate need of an asskicking, and he got it.  Maybe he learned a lesson.   Personally, I don't care.

Ric1957
Ric1957

Superman needs to man up. He had a mvp season and played superman a lot. Just a couple of chances to show true character. Easy to play superman when you win hard to be a man when you lose. 

Dunk13
Dunk13

Jesslase@aol.com

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Cam was growing on me until his pouty behavior. Several talking heads said it best. He's all in the face of opponents when he's winning and having fun taunting them. When's he's on the receiving end of an a$$kicking he acts like a brat. He's as sore a loser as I've ever seen. 


I'll say one thing in fairness to Cam though.It's a lot to ask the losers of such a huge contest to come out and take media questions after such a loss. People are still going to be emotional and the 10 to 30 minutes or how ever long it is after the game doesn't seem to be enough of a cool down period considering the magnitude of the game they just lost.  

zebdawebop
zebdawebop

Can't really blame him. As much as I dislike Newton and his gloating, who wants to answer questions after a loss, from jock-sniffing underachievers who never played the game. The losing press conference should either not take place, or be conducted by 5 former star players.

Odysseus
Odysseus

@zebdawebop I can agree.  However, he makes his living in part because of those reporters.  The league makes its profits because of those reporters.  Being a player would not be as lucrative without them. 

DontTaseMeBro
DontTaseMeBro

MVP or not. Win or lose. It is still a team game.  Manning didn't have a great game either but marginally better because of an offensive line that gave him marginally more time.  Barring injury Newton will be back, he is that good.  He needs to mature and that should start with reminders that even with his skills he is only 1 out of 11 on that field.  

UGA3434
UGA3434

The Broncos should release Talib.  I guess we should be happy that he did not try to poke out someone's eye during the Super Bowl.

UGA3434
UGA3434

Cam Newton should learn from Peyton Manning:


Humility; a little DAB'll do ya!

ATL89
ATL89

I didn't see nothing wrong with Cam's post game interview, he just lose the Super Bowl, what do you expect? 

dawg fan
dawg fan

@ATL89  I would at least expect him to show up in the same god awful obnoxious suits that he wears after a win. 

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@ATL89 Most expect to see an adult gracious in defeat.  Mike Greenberg said that Cam Newton was "the new normal" when it comes to NFL QBs.  If that's the case, I want an abnormal QB representing my team.

zebdawebop
zebdawebop

@ATL89  true - Can't really blame him. As much as I dislike Newton and his gloating, who wants to answer questions after a loss, from jock-sniffing underachievers who never played the game. The losing press conference should either not take place, or be conducted by 5 former star players.

ATL89
ATL89

Is it thuggish when Bill Belichick does it?

UGA3434
UGA3434

@ATL89 Belichick is the same, win or lose.  I don't recall ever seeing him smile.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@ATL89 Belichick is short win or lose;  I have yet to see him prance around rubbing it into the opposing teams face after a TD or secured victory

Bhorsoft
Bhorsoft

Cam did come across as "thuggish" in his post game interview.  At least put the hood down on the hoodie while interviewing.  I am sure his "media consultants" will be having a talk with him.


Although it probably didn't make a difference, but I did think Carolina was hosed by the refs early in the game by the incomplete call even after review.  I'm sure it will be discussed for years, but it looked (barely) like a completion in all the replays.  I think that call lead directly to the strip fumble and first Denver touchdown.  Game might have been different if it was ruled complete.

Odysseus
Odysseus

@Bhorsoft People tend to see the refs as, "against" their team most of the time. I was rooting for the Broncos, and noted how often Carolina committed pass interference and holding that WAS NOT called by the refs.  I'm really a Falcons fan, so I didn't have a vested interest in the outcome of the game.  I don't think either team had an unfair advantage.

Big Wally
Big Wally

I heard people speculate that Beasley was the second coming of Vonn Miller.  I can only hope so.  Miller is unblockable.

AABraves
AABraves

Von Miller had a hunk of Kryptonite in his pocket. I guess if I just got beat up like that in front of everyone in the world. I might sulk too..Media could have asked better questions. "When he slammed you to the turf did you feel like it was a big earthquake?" "Are your bruises Carolina Blue?"

irishmafia1457
irishmafia1457

Peyton goes off as the epitome of class, Newton goes off as just another thug

irishmafia1457
irishmafia1457

The referees were obviously racist, not allowing the black QB a victory, expect Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to demand an NFL investigation Cam will be wearing his" Black QB matter" hoodie during the off season.

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

He's a great player who can benefit from a little humility and maturity-

camelToeJoe
camelToeJoe

@RoyalDawg


Wasn't so great without time to throw.  Ask Matt Ryan about that.  Yet Ryan manages to throw for over 4000 yards playing behind an offensive line and facing the same pressure.  Why didn't Cam start throwing quick passes?  oh, he isn't accurate enough with his passes?  Great?  Nope.

Terpman
Terpman


From Superman to the Incredible Sulk , come on , On that fumble, Russell Wilson goes for it, Tom Brady goes for it, on and on....and on that sack in the end zone, he was screaming for Roughing the QB, you must be kidding. Did not see a lot of his teammates "console him" while he sulked...An "I" guy on the way


Odysseus
Odysseus

@Terpman Cam's behavior proves it is all about him. He is not yet a grown-up.  His commercials talk about being motivated by criticism.  I think he wants it because he himself creates it.  

Btown3
Btown3

I told friends and family the Panthers were going to lose. First our beloved FALCONS gave the blue print on how to beat them. Second, he only has one player on offense, and that's Greg Olson. I stated to the above people, put Talib on Olson or double team him, and they will win this game. Cam didn't have anyone else to throw the ball, so the game plan was easy. Play the other guys man to man, be physical, and you win. So I was not surprised.

Cam should have stood up like a man, and answer the reporters question. Being respectful and humble is not about him, it's about the little ones looking up to him. These athletes and coaches needs to understand that. Bill Belichick does the same thing. Greg Popvich does the same thing. This is why parents should be their kids role models and not these athletes. Hopefully he will learn for this, and mature. No one is talking about the comment he made towards Warren Moon when came over to him and gave him a hello. The comment he said after the hello. I'm not going to write it, but it can be googled. Warren Moon paved the way for him, and little respect goes a long way. Sometimes losing has to humble us, and I pray this young man will get it.

I hope the FALCONS realize what we need to win the big one. Defense wins SuperBowls, and offense get you to the Pro Bowls. Come on Thomas, Arthur, and Dan. We need some pass rushers and linebackers. RISE UP!!! GO FALCONS!!!

rationally
rationally

Seems the sorest winners are also the sorest losers!