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Cam Newton: I did a poor job protecting the football

Cam Newton, Aureana Tseu AP

Cam Newton is making the rounds on radio row here in Indianapolis. It should be a victory lap for Newton after one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time.

Instead, Newton mostly focused on what he could do better.

“I did a poor job protecting the football,” Newton said on NFL Network, adding that he thought his rookie season was just okay. “As a whole, I’m satisfied with some things.”

Newton said his goal is to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He did admit that he set some goals for his rookie season that he was able to achieve. He said he went through the NFL record book before the year with his assistant and saw that Peyton Manning held nearly every rookie quarterback record.

“I’m not going to let him get the best of me. I wanted something to hang my hat on,” Newton said.

Now Newton holds nearly every rookie quarterback record, including for passing yards. He also holds the NFL record for rushing touchdowns. That’s not something Manning will ever hang his hat on.

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39 Responses to “Cam Newton: I did a poor job protecting the football”
  1. gosuhgo says: Feb 2, 2012 12:36 PM

    You also did a poor job in the Pro Bowl.

  2. ticalcaldwell says: Feb 2, 2012 12:37 PM

    ESPN/NFL is just dying for this guy…The only difference between him and Dalton…Cam is marketable…but Dalton is the better OVERALL QB…I dont care how many rushing TDs he had against terrible defenses

  3. ingraven says: Feb 2, 2012 12:38 PM

    Can’t argue with that.

  4. abr173rd says: Feb 2, 2012 12:38 PM

    Newton could break every rookie record in the world and still will never come close to being the QB Manning is… The guy had some decent games but lacks good decision making. QB’s with poor decision making skills that have wheels to rely on have never panned out. Go back and watch the Probowl where players were barely giving 10% and Newton looked terrible….

  5. bird2jasun says: Feb 2, 2012 12:39 PM

    CaMVP 2012

  6. duraco20 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    Cam has a very bright future ahead of him! I wonder where all of his haters went. If the Panthers draft another WR and their Defense gets healthy they could be trouble next year.

  7. irongershwin says: Feb 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    I drafted DeAngelo Williams in fantasy because I thought Cam would suck and they would do nothing but run the ball. Man was I wrong.

  8. kotcha23 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:46 PM

    Quit focusing on the records and start focusing more on how to win more consistently…

  9. FinFan68 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    He has an assistant? If individual records are goals then the team goals are usually jeopardized. He played better than I thought he would and should be commended on a great rookie year. As for his goals, apply a little more “we” and a lot less “me”.

  10. riderspantherssk says: Feb 2, 2012 12:50 PM

    That picture sums up Newton’s Pro Bowl performance…he was too busy thinking about where she’d be after the game instead of about where the DBs would be on the field. Luckily for Cam, the Pro Bowl means less than Week 4 of the pre season.

  11. flapjackdaddy says: Feb 2, 2012 12:51 PM

    gosuhgo:

    The pro bowl wasn’t his best showing, but it would have been nice if the rest of the NFC offense had adjusted to the AFC increased defensive intensity.

    When was the last time you saw a QB have to run for his life in the pro bowl?

  12. 2sausage11 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:52 PM

    Now lets hope he gets more SB rings

  13. maxvv says: Feb 2, 2012 12:53 PM

    “Newton said his goal is to be the greatest quarterback of all time.”

    I love it. Even though he’ll probably never reach that goal, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came close, and it sure doesn’t hurt to try.

  14. packattack1967 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:54 PM

    This kid has nothing to apologize for, he has a bright future.

  15. jbcommonsense says: Feb 2, 2012 12:54 PM

    I like his attitude, but hope success doesn’t ruin it.

  16. pantherlouie says: Feb 2, 2012 12:55 PM

    “You also did a poor job in the Pro Bowl.”

    I loved the way the AFC’s defense actually tried to sack Cam Newton (3 times) and brought constant pressure. Where was all that pressure when Rodgers or Brees was in? It was non-existent. I don’t know if they wanted to teach the rookie a lesson or the AFC just wanted the $50,000 more than the NFC O-line.

  17. granadafan says: Feb 2, 2012 1:00 PM

    Count me as a former skeptic (not a hater). Cam had an unbelievable year that deifies all logic for a rookie, especially with offseason. Well done. Now if the Panthers could only get an actual defense they’ll be contending for years to come.

  18. panther17 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:01 PM

    pantherlouie,

    AFC players said they went hard after NFC did 2 onside kicks and a fake punt. NFC coaching decisions pissed them off and it cost the NFC players. AFC defense took it serious while the NFC was acting like AI at practice.

    But Cam was awfully inaccurate when he did have time to throw as well.

  19. dolphindad says: Feb 2, 2012 1:02 PM

    wants to be the greatest QB of all time? he better figure out a way to travel back in time and get reincarnated as Dan Marino – otherwise ain’t happening.

  20. theamishrifle says: Feb 2, 2012 1:08 PM

    kotcha23 says:

    Quit focusing on the records and start focusing more on how to win more consistently…

    Probably the reason said things like he ‘did a poor job…’ and his season was just okay. Nothing wrong with finding out how the best qbs have done, and setting goals to surpass them. He is focused on winning and wants to be the best while he does it.

  21. godofwine330 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:18 PM

    I love to see all of the haters eat crow, as well as all of those haters continuing to hate refusing to eat the crow that his rookie performance warrants.

    The kid wants to be great. He works at it. He works hard at it. Give him a chance. He said he wanted to be an entertainer/an icon and the media came down on him hard. Tell me how you can do either of those things without succeeding on the field? The media and many of you were so quick to paint him as th enext JaMarcus Russell when Russell is not even worthy enough to look at Cam on the field or in practice.

    I hope he succeeds, wins a ring and makes it to the HOF. See how all the haters feel about his disingenuous smile then.

  22. scyankee9999 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:23 PM

    I hate when everyone says Cam is great and imagine what he would do with a good defense. Good Qbs win football games and carry their teams to victory. Do I need to point put that Green Bay almost went undefeated this year with one of the worst defenses in the league and NE is in the SB being one of the worst D’s in the NFL. Lets not even talk about what Manning would have meant to Indy’s record Truth be told there is a difference between a QB with great stats and poor decision making and one that wins the game by carrying his team to victory by being smart with the ball throwing that low yard check down or throwing the ball away. Take a look at Cams tapes. His stats are high cause he puts the ball up and expects his WR to make plays. That causes turnovers with in turn creates L’s. Cam is a great athlete but he wants to be a superstar and entertainer he said many times he wants to give the crowd a show. He can’t fulfill that goal by checking down and being smart with the Football. You can either want to win or focus on being a superstar. Personally I’d take the ck downs and W’s over a QB who sees camera flashes and stars everytime he let’s go of the ball.

  23. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    @ticalcaldwell – Dalton better than Cam? The problem with you not caring about the rushing tds is that they count, so I gotta disagree. Also, Cam can throw too, btw. Dalton is good and is on his way to becoming a solid-if-not-great NFl qb, but Cam Newton just had the best season ever for an NFL rookie Qb, and production is production.

  24. cincyorangenblack says: Feb 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    i love how all you Carolina bums think Newton is the best thing since Manning. Yes, he had a sick fantasy season….but in the real world, where wins count- I’ll take the first rookie QB to start the whole year, win 8+ games, throw 20+ TD’s and lead his team (that many had pegged as the worst team in the NFL going into last year) to the playoffs. Andy Dalton …aka “roadhouse”

  25. valagas says: Feb 2, 2012 1:47 PM

    godofwine330, are you THE godofwine from BGOL? I agree with every word you said about Cam. Let’s compare Cam’s great receiving weapons other than Smith to the Packers, and the Tight Ends in N.E…..still waiting on these great receiving weapons names.

  26. cincyorangenblack says: Feb 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    oh, and one more thing:
    Rodgers will win MVP, but didn’t have the best stats (see: Drew Brees), he did have the most wins though and rattled of a long undefeated streak…..so why does SCAM deserve RoY over Dalton, who like Rodgers meant more to his team and accumulated the only stat that QB’s should be measured by- wins.

  27. Kaz says: Feb 2, 2012 1:54 PM

    6-10 record doesn’t equal victory lap smdh… It’s a team sport…

  28. slammincamnewton says: Feb 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    If the Panthers had somewhat of a kicker, they would’ve won 4 more games.

  29. rufustfireflyjr says: Feb 2, 2012 2:01 PM

    abr173rd says:
    Feb 2, 2012 12:38 PM
    “Newton could break every rookie record in the world and still will never come close to being the QB Manning is… The guy had some decent games but lacks good decision making. QB’s with poor decision making skills that have wheels to rely on have never panned out.”

    Poor decision making is a hallmark of young QBs like Newton. The best ones, like Manning, improve in that area with experience (he also threw more ints than TDs his rookie year). We’ll see if Newton does the same. And it just isn’t true that QBs with “wheels” who made bad decisions as rookies never pan out. Elway and Steve Young both fell into that category, and they turned out pretty durned well. The bottom line is that it’s way too early to judge just how good Newton will become, but based on his talent, his desire to improve and on the fact that he played exceptionally well for a rookie, his ceiling is extremely high.

  30. hystoracle says: Feb 2, 2012 2:14 PM

    Judging a player on the Pro Bowl? Really? Glorified scrimmage.

    Dude is a rookie. HE did pretty well for a rookie. Let’s see what kind of work he puts in during the offseason. Film study is the number one thing tha twill make him better.

    Peyton had games he would rather forget his first couple years too. We soon forget those 5 int games. But he got better in the offseason and in the film room. Now he knows what the defense is doing within two series and adjusts.

  31. panthers34 says: Feb 2, 2012 2:20 PM

    H needs to keep things on an even keel. He will make a mistake and let it fester. During the fourth quarter of the pro bowl he looked so frustrated you would have thought it was a regular season game. Thats where he needs to improve.

  32. 49erjohnny says: Feb 2, 2012 2:32 PM

    Cam Newtons performance in the Pro Bowl was epically bad. Someone seeing him play for the first time in that game had to think he was the most overrated player in the NFL. He disgraced the NFC.

  33. sikafe says: Feb 2, 2012 3:06 PM

    @cincyorangenblack

    Brees DID NOT have a better season statistically than Rodgers. They were about equal, that is why “wins” are a tie breaker for the MVP vote. Brees had more passing yards and a better completion percentage but Rodgers had a better passer rating. more TDs and less interceptions.

    Cam was just flat out more spectacular than Dalton and broke significant records.

  34. sikafe says: Feb 2, 2012 3:11 PM

    @49erjohnny

    The NFC offensive line disgraced the NFC not Cam. The AFC defense stepped up their game in the second half to win more money and the NFC O-line kept playing flag football. Cam was hit and sacked. What other QB was hit and sacked. Even Rodgers defended Cam after the game and criticized his NFC teammates.

  35. cincyorangenblack says: Feb 2, 2012 3:32 PM

    sikafe says:
    Feb 2, 2012 3:06 PM
    @cincyorangenblack

    Brees DID NOT have a better season statistically than Rodgers. They were about equal, that is why “wins” are a tie breaker for the MVP vote. Brees had more passing yards and a better completion percentage but Rodgers had a better passer rating. more TDs and less interceptions.

    Cam was just flat out more spectacular than Dalton and broke significant records.

    ————————————————–
    Brees:CMP 468 ,ATT 657, YDS 5,476, CMP%71.2, TD 46, INT 14 ,FUM 0 ,RAT 110.6

    Rodgers:CMP 343, ATT 502, YDS 4,643 , CMP%68.3, TD 45 INT 6 FUM 4 RAT 122.5

    sweet argument. you lose

  36. cincyorangenblack says: Feb 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Feb 2, 2012 1:41 PM
    @ticalcaldwell – Dalton better than Cam? The problem with you not caring about the rushing tds is that they count, so I gotta disagree. Also, Cam can throw too, btw. Dalton is good and is on his way to becoming a solid-if-not-great NFl qb, but Cam Newton just had the best season ever for an NFL rookie Qb, and production is production.

    ————————————————–
    when Cam is being argued on- production is production right? unless you care about wins.

    Cam has the tools, but makes bad decisions and needs to work on his accuracy. We get it, you carolina folks are all pumped that after 1 year you are all wrong, and he turned out WAY better than you/we thought….take off the blinders and look at the argument from the perspective of someone who isn’t a Carolina fan- Cam has holes in his game, and doesn’t know how to win/close games out yet….yes he’s exciting, but FF stats aren’t what QB’s are measured on

  37. pantherguy344 says: Feb 2, 2012 8:50 PM

    People conveiniently forget manning threw 28 ints as a rookie. Btw thats more than cam threw this past season. Sounds to me like his “decision making skills” are a little bit more advanced than manning at that age. And the pro bowl is a joke. I wouldve been more worried about the hula dancer too. Id be concerned about any 22 year old that wasnt.

  38. carpanfan62 says: Feb 2, 2012 9:33 PM

    @cincyorangenblack

    Speaking of “holes in his game” listen to someone who’s not a Bengal’s fan- Dalton has to learn to beat a good team all your wins came against bad to mediocre teams….Cam went toe to tow with every team including GB…if anyone in CIN deserves ROY over Cam it’s AJ Green not Dalton.

  39. realnard says: Feb 3, 2012 4:56 PM

    For rookies both Cam and Dalton did great. Both of them had a difficult time learning how to run the offence due to the strike taking so many of trining camps away from them.Dalton had a good defence to back him, he knew that if the offence went 3 and out there was a good chance the defence would hold and he would have another chance, Cam felt that they had to take chances because our defence had a hard time stopping anyone and letting the other team score . If you also look at the fact the Panthers were last in offence the year before, rookie coach, new offense for him to help move up the offence to what the 5th bes says a lot, then look at the teams Cam went against compared to the teams Dalton faced. If Dalton was the qb for the Panthers he problbly would not won as many games as Cam did due to the lack of help from the defence so those of you who put Dalton first look at facts

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