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Cam Newton calls his passing “embarrassing, unacceptable”

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton throws against the Miami Dolphins during their pre-season NFL football game in Miami Reuters

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton showed off impressive running ability in Thursday night’s preseason loss to the Bengals, picking up 49 yards on four carries, including a 16-yard touchdown. But Newton wasn’t in a mood to celebrate that after the game.

Instead, Newton was upset with himself for completing just six of 19 passes, for 75 yards.

It’s unacceptable on my part,” Newton said. “That’s an embarrassing stat.”

Newton has completed just 40.4 percent of his passes through three weeks of the preseason, and his passer rating is 57.8. The best thing you can say for him as a passer is that he hasn’t thrown an interception yet.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expected to officially declare Newton the team’s Week 1 starter some time soon. Whether Newton is ready or not.

UPDATE: Video evidence.

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57 Responses to “Cam Newton calls his passing “embarrassing, unacceptable””
  1. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 26, 2011 6:51 AM

    Cam is going to go through alot of struggles just like all the rookies.

  2. hateonjags says: Aug 26, 2011 6:52 AM

    Cam Russel

  3. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 26, 2011 6:52 AM

    “Panthers running quarterback Cam Newton showed off his impressive iconability…”

    There fixed…

  4. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 26, 2011 6:54 AM

    His passing may be embarrassing but at least he has nice hair. And he is tattoo free. That has to count for something.

  5. aosplayo says: Aug 26, 2011 6:56 AM

    Finally something we can ALL agree on……….

  6. jenniferxxx says: Aug 26, 2011 6:57 AM

    He’s a running QB. What did they expect?

  7. skoalbrother says: Aug 26, 2011 7:13 AM

    Give the kid a break. He told us that he would entertain us. He never said he would complete a high percentage of passes.

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 26, 2011 7:15 AM

    “Newton has completed just 40.4 percent of his passes through three weeks of the preseason, and his passer rating is 57.8. The best thing you can say for him as a passer is that he hasn’t thrown an interception yet.”

    Geez. I haven’t seen him play yet, but with that completion percentage and no interceptions, where the hell is he throwing the ball? Into the stands?

  9. steeelfann says: Aug 26, 2011 7:22 AM

    If I am Cam, I am watching out for a blind side pop upside the head from Steve Smith soon.

  10. minkytails says: Aug 26, 2011 7:24 AM

    Why does he wear #1? Is he a kicker? Who was the last successful quarterback to don the #1 jersey?

  11. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Aug 26, 2011 7:29 AM

    where’s Merrill Hoge now when we need him?

  12. aosplayo says: Aug 26, 2011 7:30 AM

    Paying homage to Warren Moon maybe?

  13. pdxpanther says: Aug 26, 2011 7:52 AM

    Coincidentally, Warren Moon

  14. cshearing says: Aug 26, 2011 8:00 AM

    I like the attitude, no excuses, just an “I sucked” comment.

  15. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 26, 2011 8:00 AM

    minkytails says:
    Aug 26, 2011 7:24 AM
    Why does he wear #1? Is he a kicker? Who was the last successful quarterback to don the #1 jersey?

    UMMM…. Warren Moon? I think he was pretty good.

  16. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Aug 26, 2011 8:01 AM

    If Tebow played like this people would be saying he can’t play QB. Wait a minute, he’s never played like that, at least in a game. And people are still saying he can’t play. Why no critisism of Newton? Just such a double standard.

  17. jimmysee says: Aug 26, 2011 8:03 AM

    Troy Aikman —-> 1-15 his first year.

    If Cam is any good, he’ll figure this thing out.

    If he’s not, he’ll be just another first round flame-out.

  18. doggz109 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:12 AM

    So why isn’t this kid getting the same criticism that Tebow has gotten this season?

  19. ourbaskets says: Aug 26, 2011 8:15 AM

    Look – he is a rookie – this si going to happen. he will struggle. Its not like he is playing in New England. As long as he gets better over the season – I am happy. This dude has the potential to be awesome – once he quits throwing it all over the place!

  20. tundey says: Aug 26, 2011 8:16 AM

    @thereisalwaysnextyear: Because Newton isn’t the 2nd coming of Jesus? Because he wasn’t heralded as the best college player of all time? Because it’s just the preseason?

  21. fin72 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:16 AM

    Warren Moon thinks Cam is doing a GREAT job, and you all are racist for suggesting otherwise!

  22. bigvinnyinjax says: Aug 26, 2011 8:19 AM

    I’ve never been a Cam fan but the more I hear about him the more I like him. He’s showing a maturity and willingness to learn that a lot of these first-rounders never seem to find. He’s take some knocks along the way this year if he does start as a rookie, but he’ll be fine in the long haul. The Jamarcus comparisons are just Jastupid.

  23. whatswiththehate says: Aug 26, 2011 8:31 AM

    I’m happy that Cam is taking responsibility but he also as to acknowledge that his team as a whole sucks.

    If he keeps blaming himself just because there are those in the media want to see him fail , it won’t help a team that needs some serious fire under their behinds.

    As we’ve learn from Jimmy, accuracy and perfect footworks and whatever else faults can be found wrong with Cam isn’t going to help a team when the o-line and d-line sucks.

  24. sappdaddy99 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:34 AM

    Maybe they can sign Ryan Leaf to be his mentor…

    Go Bucs!

  25. amunoz78 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:36 AM

    thereisalwaysnextyear says:
    Aug 26, 2011 8:01 AM
    If Tebow played like this people would be saying he can’t play QB. Wait a minute, he’s never played like that, at least in a game. And people are still saying he can’t play. Why no critisism of Newton? Just such a double standard.

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    Another case of typical racial discrimination.

  26. southcakpanther says: Aug 26, 2011 8:44 AM

    Our o-line has been a huge factor. Cam hardly had any time. The starting RG and RT were out, again. The back ups, Bernardeau and Gary Williams shoudn’t even be starting for a D1 college. It was a jail break on most drop backs. He made some nice throws. I knew Cam needed time to develop, we have bigger issues. D Line, O Line, and CB are HUGE concerns right now. The defense is getting flat out blown up.

  27. southcakpanther says: Aug 26, 2011 8:45 AM

    I say “our” and “we” because I own 5 Panthers authentic jersies.

  28. sippindasyzurp says: Aug 26, 2011 8:50 AM

    Well I guess its gonna Cam Newton vs Andrew Luck for the starting job next year!

  29. eatlessveggies says: Aug 26, 2011 8:54 AM

    Q: Why hasn’t Cam Newton got the same criticism that Tim Tebow this season?

    A: Because this is Newton’s first year and it’s preseason. This is Tebow’s second year and he hasn’t shown much improvement from last year.

  30. kramelttil says: Aug 26, 2011 8:55 AM

    A lot of teams, especially Carolina are going are going to regret letting Ryan Mallett (the most pro ready qb in the draft) slide by them ….TWICE, in the draft. Every year it seems there is a “Running Style” QB that is the new savior of that style of QB. The media and the NFL packs it up our asses that it is the future of the QB position and it nnnnevvvvverrrr ever, never ever ever, ever never ever works. The pro level of athlete will not allow a qb that cant throw first effectively and consistantly be successful. Mallett landed in the best spot in the world, behind Brady. He’s livin the dream! in 2 years Carolina will probably cut Cam (see VY) and trade for a freshly trained, unused Mallett.

  31. chitownjeff says: Aug 26, 2011 9:13 AM

    @kramelttil i won’t even paste that garbage you put up.. That dude wasn’t even as good as his Backup. When he got knocked out of the Auburn game the backup kid came in and played better. Yeah..i want to throw big money at a big immobile qb with a questionable drug past.. No.. Not Ainge.. Mallett LOL

    As for Tebow lovers.. just concentrate on beating out Brady Quinn.. Since Tim’s fanboy isn’t running the show in Denver anymore Tim will have to show why he should be number two..

  32. mwcarolina says: Aug 26, 2011 9:24 AM

    A lot of teams, especially Carolina are going are going to regret letting Ryan Mallett
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    i doubt Carolina will. their offensive line (especially the right side when Otah is hurt) is bad and pressure is consistantly on the QB. Mallett’s slow self would be sacked alot.

  33. thespeaker08 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:28 AM

    @minkytails

    Clausen wouldn’t give up number 2. I officially decree your opinions on Newton and the Panthers are officially null if you didn’t know that.

  34. willyalistentothis says: Aug 26, 2011 9:41 AM

    Tony Pike

  35. melonnhead says: Aug 26, 2011 9:55 AM

    Newton has completed just 40.4 percent of his passes through three weeks of the preseason, and his passer rating is 57.8.

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    Vick wishes his passer rating was that high.

  36. chc4 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Bust.

  37. valhallarising says: Aug 26, 2011 10:10 AM

    I have to admit I don’t like Cam Newton and I don’t believe he will ever be a great NFL QB. That being said, nearly every rookie QB is going to struggle when coming into the league. These rookie problems are just going to be magnified when then rookie has to play right away. As a Cam hater I say give the kid some time at least. And let’s keep the Jamarcus Russell comparisons out of this for now.

  38. johnnyb216 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:23 AM

    Entertainer and icon.

  39. granadafan says: Aug 26, 2011 10:44 AM

    Who are these complete and utter Tebow-loving Gator fan idiots who whine that Cam Newton hasn’t received the same criticism as their Messiah? Do they even read the papers or the internet? Newton has been blasted a lot, but the darned season hasn’t even started and there was this little thing called the lockout.

  40. soccerluver113 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:50 AM

    for all you scam newton lovers, true he can run, but in the NFL you have to be able to throw. i wouldn’t be surprised if he either 1) gets injured during the season or 2) after this year gets traded. He isn’t that good.
    and fro Tim Tebow lovers, I have nothing to say but what a shame on you. You are wasting your love fro him, because he will always be the num 2 or num 3 spot. Crying won’t solve anything

  41. mrvikingsfan11 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:52 AM

    He should, cause he is a bust and not real QB, real QB’s throw the ball not run on every play and they can throw the ball good.

  42. skoalbrother says: Aug 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    Panthers managment is very pleased that they drafted Cam #1 in the 2011 draft vs the 2010 draft. The financial hit they are going to take when he gets cut in 2013 is less than half of what it could have been.

  43. 1historian says: Aug 26, 2011 11:01 AM

    Kramel – good point but do you think that in 2 years with Brady 36 years old the Pats will let Mallett go? I don’t think so.

  44. 1historian says: Aug 26, 2011 11:03 AM

    I like newton. maybe he won’t be all universe but I like his humility. The comparisons to Jamarcus Russell were inevitable at first but they’re way off the mark now.

    It’s interesting to note that both Newton and Mallett are 6’6″ around 250 and can throw the ball a mile.

  45. philtration says: Aug 26, 2011 11:53 AM

    At least his passing is not as embarrassing at David Carradine’s was.

  46. dukemarc says: Aug 26, 2011 11:57 AM

    jenniferxxx says: Aug 26, 2011 6:57 AM

    He’s a running QB. What did they expect?

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    Doesn’t that make him a RB?

  47. tedc57 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:12 PM

    As an NFC south fan (Bucs). Newton is between a rock and a hard place. If he can stay injury free and the Panthers can improve the offensive line. He’ll be just fine.

    Give the guy just alittle time to grow and develop. The Panthers are lacking in more areas than just QB.

  48. htimsr40 says: Aug 26, 2011 12:14 PM

    It is tough to throw interceptions when your passes aren’t near an intended receiver. Even the DB’s expect the ball to be someplace in the vicinity.

  49. phelbin says: Aug 26, 2011 12:29 PM

    A 40% completion rate and he hasn’t even seen complicated game-planned defenses. Cam Newton is the poor man’s Vince Young. The only rookie quarterbacks that do well are the strong passers, so he’s really got no chance.

  50. feldman9000 says: Aug 26, 2011 1:03 PM

    @jimmysee

    Who said Troy Aikman was any good?

  51. valman61 says: Aug 26, 2011 1:14 PM

    I’m not exactly a cam newton guy, but to blast a rookie qb who only has one year of high level starting experience is wrong.. I remember watching Eli, Peyton, Rodgers, Big Ben, and Sanchez (to name a few) struggle their rookie years. Before you Packers fans jump down my throat, I mean when he was behind favre, not his first year starting. Point is, most rookies take three years to develop. You look for the improvements and work ethic and for the player to trend well. Rookies this year will be even further behind due to the lockout. It’s nonsense to even judge cam newton yet, the sample size is non existent.

  52. cowboysblowgoats says: Aug 26, 2011 1:21 PM

    This guy will have the dubious distinction of being the biggest bust since JaLardass Russell.

  53. CKL says: Aug 26, 2011 1:40 PM

    whatswiththehate says: Aug 26, 2011 8:31 AM

    I’m happy that Cam is taking responsibility but he also as to acknowledge that his team as a whole sucks.

    If he keeps blaming himself just because there are those in the media want to see him fail , it won’t help a team that needs some serious fire under their behinds.

    As we’ve learn from Jimmy, accuracy and perfect footworks and whatever else faults can be found wrong with Cam isn’t going to help a team when the o-line and d-line sucks.
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    Cam obviously knows better than you that real leaders always point the finger at themselves publicly and not their teammates. If he EVER says “it’s my teammates not me” he will be just another Peyton Manning…horrible leader.

    For someone who’s such a tremendous homer for Cam you are the one looking for excuses for him IN CASE he fails. You sound like a Peyton Manning fanboi. It does him a disservice IMO to try to defend him that way.

    None of it will matter if Newton can’t perform, and he certainly has a cadre of skill players there to help him( the likes of which Carolina hasn’t seen since the Polian years), but until his career is a bit further along, he seems to be going about things the right way. Hard to hate on that.

  54. qdog112 says: Aug 26, 2011 2:08 PM

    Way to stand up and be accountable Cam. Chalk it up to growing pains and go back to the lab. Both interior lines is of more concern.

  55. Vegas Guy says: Aug 26, 2011 7:25 PM

    You got beat by Cincinnati.. you did something wrong.

  56. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Aug 26, 2011 11:01 PM

    who the heck buys five authentic Panthers jerseys????

  57. bobbyyyd says: Aug 26, 2011 11:44 PM

    Carolina’s O line have played horrible. Any QB would have trouble when they are getting rushed right after the ball is snapped!

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