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Cam Newton is disappointed, and Steve Smith likes that

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Cam Newton had one of the greatest debut performances in NFL history on Sunday, but after the Panthers’ 28-21 loss to the Cardinals, he was unhappy.

One of the veteran leaders in the Panthers’ locker room is taking that as a good sign from the rookie quarterback.

Cam is very disappointed,” wide receiver Steve Smith said. “I’m encouraged by that.”

Newton, who’s just a year removed from leading Auburn to a perfect season, was dejected about the loss.

The last time I lost a game was Navarro Junior College,” Newton said. “What do you want me to say, it feels great? It is not a comfortable feeling for me.”

But it has to be a very good feeling for the Panthers that they just drafted a quarterback who can put on a brilliant performance in his first game, and be left wanting more.

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53 Responses to “Cam Newton is disappointed, and Steve Smith likes that”
  1. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2011 7:59 AM

    He’ll get more next Sunday when the Packers come to town!

  2. jimr10 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:02 AM

    Not ready to put Cam in the Hall of Fame yet, but his performance was outstanding. I am waiting on all the Newton haters to show up saying he is a bust.

  3. dawsonleery says: Sep 12, 2011 8:04 AM

    He looked good. Hopefully he can keep it up and win some games.

  4. narrabeen23 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:08 AM

    Yeah, all the critics were right, Cam is totally Jamarcus 2.0…

  5. karlpilkington says: Sep 12, 2011 8:11 AM

    He will come back down to earth against the packers d.

  6. hosslaxx says: Sep 12, 2011 8:13 AM

    nice game cam…one week at a time tho

  7. myspaceyourface says: Sep 12, 2011 8:15 AM

    Does he have to pay back that 200,000 grand to Auburn boosters?

  8. pabillsfan says: Sep 12, 2011 8:15 AM

    I’ve been saying all along I never understood the Cam haters, I mean i dont like or hate him, but for some of you to call him russel 2.0, thats just not fair, he had a great first game! This kid looks legit.

  9. trollhammer20 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:16 AM

    Kinda wondering if he’s that good, or if the “new-look Cardinals secondary” is that bad. Probably a combination of the two.

  10. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 8:17 AM

    The more I see/hear from Cam, the more I am impressed with him. Both on and off the field. He throws a really good ball and looks like he’s not satisfied with just personal stats. Good for the Panthers.

  11. KIR says: Sep 12, 2011 8:17 AM

    Now that we can stop comparing Cam to JaMarcuss. Let’s compare him to the young QB’s.

    Cam > Ryan, Falco, Bradford, Freeman Stafford?????????

  12. godofwine330 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:21 AM

    I am loving this. Cam haters eat crow. He looked good from the pocket, always keeping his eyes downfield in the face of the rush. I’m not ready to anoint him just yet, but this was one helluva coming out party. You people can stop the JaMarcus Russell comparisons now.

  13. johnnyb216 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:24 AM

    Get ready for more disappointment next week. Clay Matthews didn’t record a sack last week so it could be a long day for pretty boy.

  14. pantherfaninmd says: Sep 12, 2011 8:24 AM

    Here comes all the Cam haters in 3,2,1… Cam looked really good yesterday, the only problem I see right now is, he is waiting to long to hit the hole. I know he’s trying to prove he’s not a running QB, but there were a few times yesterday if he would have just hit the hole, we would have had a 1st down.

  15. nevin999 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:28 AM

    Hey, I picked him up in my FF league. You just never know.

    But, uh, I think I’ll sit him against GB.

  16. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Sep 12, 2011 8:30 AM

    @jimr10

    He’s a bust. Matt Lienart had a 400 yard game his rookie year and he sucks…

    Now on the serious side, one game can’t determine if he’ll be a bust or if he’ll be great. It was a great performance but its just to early to predict his career.

  17. tomcous says: Sep 12, 2011 8:43 AM

    Stats were great … what he did well was avoid the rush and stay composed …

    The Cards defensive secondary on the other hand was completely embarrassed! Cam’s accuracy proved that he could hit the broad-side-of-a-barn because the gaps in the secondary were that bad!

    Poise is the greatest thing he showed!

  18. edukator4 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:50 AM

    give him more time before annointing him or tearing him down.

  19. zoxitic says: Sep 12, 2011 8:56 AM

    Stats can lie. I’ll wait unitl he wins a game before I consider being impressed.

  20. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 9:01 AM

    I think Matt Lienart was more interested in partying than playing. So far, no one has questioned Cam’s work ethic.

  21. dirtdawg55 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:05 AM

    All the love for him, based on one game, is no more justified than all the hate. Both camps look equally foolish.

    You know who else has thrown for 400 yards in a single game? Ken O’Brien. Twice. Tony Eason. Jay Schroeder. Don Strock. Bill Kenney. Tony Banks. Glenn Fley. Jim Miller. Aaron Brooks. Charlie Batch. Tommy Maddox. Kelly Holcomb. Tim Rattay. Billy Volek (in back to back weeks). Chris Weinke.

    Any of those remind you of Hall of Fame players? No. Pretty average and pedestrian group.

    One game doesn’t make a QB. It was a great start statistically, but it was still a loss against a sub .500, non-playoff team from a year ago. It wasn’t exactly a playoff win against the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers or Packers.

    The kid obviously has talent and this one game will give you hope, but that’s all you can say so far.

  22. manhorse69 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:15 AM

    Shows a lot of confidence by the staff and by Cam to load up and throw it 35-40 times in your first start. Maybe not the most efficient but he bought himself a lot of time on some of those throws and didn’t just take off running. Kid can throw too.

  23. chitownjeff says: Sep 12, 2011 9:16 AM

    johnnyb216 says: Sep 12, 2011 8:24 AM

    Get ready for more disappointment next week. Clay Matthews didn’t record a sack last week so it could be a long day for pretty boy.

    Now that’s a guy who’s overrated right their. Teams will account for Matthews and he won’t be getting those free runs to the qb he got last year.. We’ll see if he makes the adjustments..

    As for Cam.. Stands tall in the pocket and puts the ball on the dime.. just give him some more weapons and solid o line play.. two years in the league and he’ll be a force..

  24. vahawker says: Sep 12, 2011 9:16 AM

    Rick Mirer has a very good rookie year.

    Cam looked good, I saw a bunch of Auburn games last year, and he made very throw, throws a beautiful ball and rarely made dumb mistakes, didn’t understand all the negative attacks on him.

    It was a good start, but he has quite a few more years before the HOF comes calling. Lets see what next week and next year bring.

  25. denisceo says: Sep 12, 2011 9:17 AM

    Killa Cam! This was a good game for Cam and the whole Carolina organization as a whole. There is no doubt that he has inserted himself as the unquestionable leader of this franchise. I believe Carolina will surprise a few teams this year. This performance will not only energize older teammates but, now u are gonna be seeing more people in those stands

  26. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 12, 2011 9:21 AM

    I like the hit he laid our on the DB after his INT. If it doesn’t workout at QB, how about LB. This kid is animale..
    Good luck son.

  27. vikesfan4life says: Sep 12, 2011 9:32 AM

    I love how everyone all of a sudden says he’s not a bust. He had one good game. What if he is terrible the next 15 weeks? I’m sure Ryan Leaf had a good game at some point in his illustrious career.

  28. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:35 AM

    Oh h-a-t-e-r-s !
    How ’bout that JaMarcus Russell 2.0? Quite a bust – huh?

  29. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:38 AM

    dirtdawg55 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:05 AM

    All the love for him, based on one game, is no more justified than all the hate. Both camps look equally foolish.

    You know who else has thrown for 400 yards in a single game? Ken O’Brien. Twice. Tony Eason. Jay Schroeder. Don Strock. Bill Kenney. Tony Banks. Glenn Fley. Jim Miller. Aaron Brooks. Charlie Batch. Tommy Maddox. Kelly Holcomb. Tim Rattay. Billy Volek (in back to back weeks). Chris Weinke.
    ————————————-

    First game ever? Go back to the drawing board and find new numbers. Those are flawed.

  30. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:18 AM

    Trust me…If Cam “The Icon” Newton played behind a Tom Cable Offensive O Line, had Tom Cable calling plays, has two rookie WRs, and didn’t have a Offensive Coordinator….you all will be comparing him to Jamarcus Russell this morning…..JUST LIKE THE SEAHAWKS FANS ARE WITH THEIR QB..

    The Icon had a good game, congrats..BUT Leave Jamarcus out of it. He was the victim of a horrible circumstance, and played for the worst head coach in NFL history.

  31. JackLeone says: Sep 12, 2011 10:22 AM

    I happy he did this well in his first game. Although I know you haters will still say, “he’s a still a bust…” & “it’s only one game..”. Maybe now you can stop comparing him to JaMarcus Russell. They are worlds apart.

  32. calloustongue says: Sep 12, 2011 10:28 AM

    “Get ready for more disappointment next week. Clay Matthews didn’t record a sack last week so it could be a long day for pretty boy.

    Now that’s a guy who’s overrated right their. Teams will account for Matthews and he won’t be getting those free runs to the qb he got last year.. We’ll see if he makes the adjustments.. ”

    That’s a pretty unfounded statement. You must not catch many Packer games and just read the stat lines and assume CM3 had a bad game. Teams do account for him, with double and triple teams, so when he isn’t getting sacks guys like Walden, Wynn, and Co. are.

    Get ready for more disappoinment yourself, enjoy your A+ effort from Cam in a LOSS to the 5-11 Cardinals from the worst division in football. If Cam was upset about losing this week, he going pull a VY next week.

  33. r8rsfan says: Sep 12, 2011 10:36 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says: The Icon had a good game, congrats..BUT Leave Jamarcus out of it. He was the victim of a horrible circumstance, and played for the worst head coach in NFL history.

    The sizzurp may have played a part too.

  34. dailyfusion says: Sep 12, 2011 10:45 AM

    the only bad thing about football is the opinions of its fans. guys its one game, don’t read into it.

  35. materialman80 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:46 AM

    What he is really bummed about is the cut in pay he took coming from Auburn to the Panthers….

  36. richm2256 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    Are we putting him immediately in Canton today?

    The kid had a good game, and I’m happy to see that. But it was ONE GAME.

    Let’s see how the season plays out; if he can maintain this ability and work ethic, us “haters” will be wrong. Me, I’ve never been one for a “hyped up” player. They are usually all flash and no substance.

    Dirtdawg was right about all the other QB’s with 400 yard games; the jury’s still out on Cam Newton.

  37. forthelove says: Sep 12, 2011 11:00 AM

    jimr10 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 8:02 AM
    Not ready to put Cam in the Hall of Fame yet, but his performance was outstanding. I am waiting on all the Newton haters to show up saying he is a bust.

    I don’t really remember many people saying he’d be a bust. It was more of his off-field ethics and decision-making in college.

  38. pilot2011 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:01 AM

    I think its pretty impressive that he threw for 400+ on his rookie debut on the road.

    new coaching staff

    no off-season workouts

    just got a playbook a few weeks ago.

    Haters…

  39. usher716 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:06 AM

    Good thing he doesn’t have piercings, tattoos and has a nice haircut! Seriously though, I’m shocked at the performance, will be interesting to see if he can keep performing at that level.

  40. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:07 AM

    forthelove says: Sep 12, 2011 11:00 AM

    I don’t really remember many people saying he’d be a bust. It was more of his off-field ethics and decision-making in college.
    —————————–
    Somebody has a selective memory or they are just lying. Every blog I’ve seen involved a large group that was very clear about Cam Newton being a complete and utter BUST! And here you come saying you don’t remember many saying that?

  41. haze282 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    Cam played a hell of a game yesterday. Had serious blitz packages thrown at him all day and performed great under heavy pressure. He will likely have some tough outings this season but he proved that he has what it takes to play QB at this level…

  42. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:22 AM

    @qdog

    Try to find one fan who was calling Mike Vick a washed up WildCat QB when he was fresh out the pen.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:25 AM

    @R8Rsfan

    Tom Cable was an enabler. The environment the Cable created for Russell made him relapse.

    Plus what my Raider Nation elders tell me..Ken Stabler was doing much worse than sizzurp.

  44. Deb says: Sep 12, 2011 11:29 AM

    I’m not big on QBs from run-first spread systems, but Cam is an extraordinary athlete–and as he proved yesterday, he has the arm Tebow lacks. Was excited to see what he’d do in the NFL, and so far, he hasn’t disappointed. But as a Steelers fan, I can attest that the Packers defense is a different ballgame. Can never forget the comeback Cam led against my Tide in the Iron Bowl last year. Will be interesting to see how he handles the challenge of the Pack’s pass rush and secondary. But I doubt the Panthers’ defense will be a match for the Packers’ offense.

  45. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:38 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:22 AM

    @qdog

    Try to find one fan who was calling Mike Vick a washed up WildCat QB when he was fresh out the pen.
    —————————————–
    The issue is not Vick. It is about Cam Newton. What has Vick got to do with it? Cam Newton was called a bust on every blog I saw by a very large segment of the bloggers. Do you have a point?

  46. CKL says: Sep 12, 2011 12:08 PM

    Anyone who compared Newton to Russell wasn’t ever using a good comparison anyway. They have about 0 in common as players other than their both being from the SEC and having national titles.

  47. qdog112 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:15 PM

    richm2256 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:58 AM

    Are we putting him immediately in Canton today?

    The kid had a good game, and I’m happy to see that. But it was ONE GAME.

    Let’s see how the season plays out; if he can maintain this ability and work ethic, us “haters” will be wrong. Me, I’ve never been one for a “hyped up” player. They are usually all flash and no substance.

    Dirtdawg was right about all the other QB’s with 400 yard games; the jury’s still out on Cam Newton.
    ———————————–
    Technically, he is in Canton, until his record is broken – right? But I agree he should not be canonized for one game. Conversely, he should not have been labeled a bust before ever playing any games – right?

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:12 PM

    No crow-eating after ONE GAME against a putrid defense. Let’s see it for the next two months before we even BEGIN to become convinced.

  49. brintfatre says: Sep 12, 2011 2:23 PM

    It’s a good thing Smith likes that… he’ll be seeing much more of it!

  50. thespeaker08 says: Sep 12, 2011 2:35 PM

    @dirtdawg55

    Your argument is null. None of these players you mention did that during their first career football game which is exactly what excites Panthers fans.

    To have any QB throw 400 yards for any team on any day isd exciting. To have your ROOKIE QB throw for over 400 yards on his inaugural game as a Pro is even more exciting.

    True, let’s see how he fares this season before we begin the hype so let’s not “crown his ass” as Dennis Green would say. But let’s be excited – that was a great performance coming from a Rookie QB.

  51. Deb says: Sep 12, 2011 4:46 PM

    CKL says:

    Anyone who compared Newton to Russell wasn’t ever using a good comparison anyway. They have about 0 in common as players other than their both being from the SEC and having national titles.

    ————————————————
    Well, they have one other thing in common, and the crying shame is that’s all some people can see.

  52. rmm9090 says: Sep 12, 2011 7:30 PM

    Yeah, he says he’s bummed. I say coach Rivera should fine his arrogant azzz big time for that TD celebration, that caused the momentum of the game to swing back to Arizona. He essentially single hand-idly lost the game for the Panthers. If you wanna be arrogant, do it AFTER you win the game, not in the middle of the game.

  53. feartheelf19 says: Sep 13, 2011 1:59 PM

    Cannot expect him to be HOF material… He had a great first game. Packers are in town next, yeah that wont be easy, but we all know he will be ready to compete. He is an exceptional talent, and you cannot compare Newton and Russell on any level. They are 2 totally different people and players.

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