Cam Newton has absolutely no idea how to handle himself during his postgame press conferences. He blames others. He looks sullen. He dodges questions. But after Sunday’s home loss against the Dallas Cowboys, Newton reached his boiling point.
He also lost even more respect from the fans and media following his suggestions for the Panthers.
Well, in a way.
“The past couple of games have been the same script, by the same director,” Newton said. “It’s kind of getting boring. This taste, this vibe — I’m not buying it, man. And I don’t know what it is, but something’s going to have to change. Something’s going to have to change real fast.”
Newton’s frustration is understandable, to a certain degree. After winning the BCS National Championship with the Auburn Tigers on his way to the Heisman Trophy, Newton was unstoppable. But after less than a year and a half of losing with the Panthers, Newton is stymied for answers.
But what he suggested could help the team win is a bit extreme.
“We just find a way to keep the game close just to see what happens at the end,” Newton said. “I’m getting tired of it, and that’s not a formula to win. Domination is a formula to win. I’m going to bring in a suggestion box. And I want your suggestions in that suggestion box, because I sure don’t know. I really don’t.”
Really? A suggestion box? And from whom would these suggestions come? The fans? The media? His hair stylist?
I get that Newton is having a bit of a hard time adjusting to how a professional should handle himself both on and off the field. It is often a difficult transition. Carolina is 1-5 this season and once again one of the worst teams in the NFL, and Newton has suffered a bit from a sophomore slump after his record setting rookie season. The team has dropped four of their five games this season by a combined 17 points. Carolina is in many games, but they cannot find a way to close them out to lead to a victory.
Newton is right. Something has to change.
But it may need to start with Newton’s attitude, especially during press conferences.
And his poor decision making on the field may also contribute to a few more wins. The interceptions and fumbles are not going to offset the long plays and nice runs.
Not this year.
Those are rookie mistakes.
Just a suggestion…
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