Steve Smith told Cam Newton to stop sulking on sideline

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did not have a good night against the Giants.

He threw three picks, never got the offense moving and ended the night watching Derek Anderson in garbage time of a 36-7 loss. Newton’s response to the rough night did not sit well with wide receiver Steve Smith. Newton sat on the bench with a towel over his head, as was his habit during losses last season, and that led to some “unchoice” words from Smith about what the quarterback should be doing in that situation.

“I watched D.A. and Jimmy (Clausen), they don’t play in 20-something games last year. And they get up and they observe and learn and get those mental reps,” Smith said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “I told him, ‘You can get some mental reps or you can sit on that bench and sulk.'”

Coach Ron Rivera didn’t have any problem with Smith giving Newton a piece of his mind.

“He’s a team captain and he went up and expressed his feelings. That’s between them,” Rivera said. “I do know that team captains have that responsibility. They feel they have the responsibilities to the team and they’ll handle them accordingly.”

It’s not the first time that Newton has had teammates talk to him about his body language and demeanor during games. Tackle Jordan Gross and center Ryan Kalil told him he needs to avoid such negative impressions when things aren’t going well for the team. Newton said he appreciated the veterans talking to him at the time, although Thursday night shows there’s still some work to do on that front. The quarterback will next speak to the media on Wednesday, when his conversation with Smith is sure to be on the agenda.

The good news for the Panthers is that Newton has shown an ability to bounce back well from bad performances, as he did in Week Two against the Saints after the opening loss to the Bucs. The next step for him and the team is to find a way to limit how often those bad performances pop up.

78 responses to “Steve Smith told Cam Newton to stop sulking on sideline

  1. One of the first things I commented on was how sore of a loser Cam is. Sulking on the sidelines after every failed attempt at a drive, walking right past Eli with his head down… Great QB but horrible attitude.

    He should have benched to teach him some humility.

  2. Smith said what we all wanted to say watching Newton talk to the media afterward.

    Quit sulking and whining. It doesn’t make it look like you care so much more. It makes you look like an immature crybaby.

  3. I find it strange that the claims are Cam is in early and stays late, but last night it occured to me he never looks at what he did wrong when he’s on the sideline. His ego needs to go, and my name actually supports this guy. After last night, i’m losing faith.

  4. Having watched two NFL games so far this week, here’s what I noticed:

    Peyton Manning is having a bad game in Atlanta. Peyton Manning leaves the field after throwing a pick, and within moments, is on the phone with his OC and/or looking over photographs to try and decipher the defense.

    Cam Newton is having a bad game in Carolina. Cam Newton leaves the field after throwing a pick, and within moments, is sitting on the sideline with a towel over his head, not talking with anyone.

    It’s a pretty striking difference, especially since at the end of Manning’s game, his team had erased a double-digit deficit and only needed one score to win, while at the end of Newton’s game, the Panthers were completely buried.

  5. We all know Cam Newton is of low charachter, we knew that before he entered the NFL. this is not a surprise.

    Doing a superman move when your down by 3 TD’s and sulking on the sidlelines will be common sights we witness from him.

    The question is weather or not his huge talents will be enough to offset his poor charachter to make him elite.

    We shall see.

  6. Cam was not himself last night. You could tell that the Giants succeeded in frustrating him when he started making some very poor throws. Maybe the best role model for Cam in that regard is the quarterback on the opposite sideline last night. Eli has been in the pressure cooker many times and no matter what, he is always cool-headed and steady, and it shows in his late-game performances. Cam has all the physical tools and the desire to be the best. But he needs to learn to forget about the last bad play and concentrate on the next play, the way that Eli does so well.

  7. Dudes a punk. Definition of a guy who only cares about how he does. That was evident after his touchdown act after scoring to cut it to only 23-7. He will never win a SB and won’t miss a second of sleep over it.

  8. He also needs to acknowledge that the opposing team thoroughly outplayed his team, which he did not do in his post-game remarks. Time to grow up, Cam!

  9. Hey Rivera how about a defensive adjustment to man to man instead of running zone and having Barden wide open on 10-15 yard in routes all game long. It was an embarrassment of coaching. Never made an adjustment and a bench warmer carved you up all game long.

  10. Psychologically, Cam must take full credit (mentally) for any victories and therefore simply cannot handle any losses as his psychy dictates it’s all his fault. As much as i admire him, he needs to find his “center” and not take wins or losses to such a personal extreme. Ego’s must be controlled in the tremendous light that’s being shined on him.

  11. Not sure I’d put much faith in a QB who thinks he disappears if he puts a towel over his head, while wearing a brightly colored jersey with his name on the back.

  12. I’m getting the feeling more and more that Newton is a me-me-me type of player. All the offseason commercials, endorsements, and back patting appear to have gone to his head. Incidents like these, along with him still doing his Superman celebration in a game they are getting thoroughly whipped in are harbingers of a very selfish player.

  13. I don’t get all the Cutler bashing. At least he showed he cares. Newton only cares about the next commercial he makes.

  14. Cam needs to listen to that CJ Spiller interview that Mike Florio did last week. I was very impressed with his outlook.

    Cam, you are going to have up and downs, you got to stay firm and be a leader of men in both the good times and the bad, anyone can be that ra-ra guy when the team is winning, but true leadership comes from adversity. When those guys look to you in those times of need, you will suck the life right out of them with a miserable attitude.

    I know Cam must be feeling a little diva-ish these days and wants to claim his status as the next big thing, now that the spotlight has moved on to the new sparkly toys in the NFL (RGIII and Luck).

    But dude needs to chill out. Don’t be Jay Cutler man.

  15. Cam is a clown. With his team getting trounced he still did his lame Superman act after scoring in the 2nd half. He’s a shameless self promoter but when things go south, he’s not a fighter.

  16. Remember when Panthers fans ran their mouths in the off-season about how good Cam is, how many games they loss by less than a touchdown last year, how Beason is as good as Willis, etc. I do.

    What was more embarrassing the effort of the team or the way Cam blew off Eli in the post game?

  17. Good thing he plays for the Panthers. If he played in a big market this would be all over ESPN 24/7. Is there a mutiny in the Panthers’ locker room? Does Cam Newton have what it takes to be an “elite” QB? Is Cam Newton suffering the fate of the “sophmore slump”?

  18. I got a chance to meet Cam Newton this summer at a celebrity bowling event in Las Vegas. One of the most arrogant, egotistical guys I met. After speaking with players like Tony Gonzalez and Larry Fitzgerald, it was night and day. He has a lot of growing up to do.

  19. First off let me just congratulate the Giants and their fans for the beat down they gave us last night.

    But Steve Smith is right and I applaud him. Enough is enough! Last night was a complete embarrassment for all us Panthers fans. We allowed scrubs like Ramses Barden (94 career receiving yards before the game, 100+ in the first half alone!) and Andre Brown to both have career days. We just got beat in ALL phases of the game.

    Cam had a bad night. But to celebrate like he did when we were still down by 2+ scores was downright embarrassing. These are the defending champs! Show some respect and humble yourself Cam. I’m glad you care so much about how our team does, but you have got to learn not to pout when things don’t go your way!

  20. Perhaps someone should also mention that doing the “superman” move is ridiculous when you’re trailing by 26 points.

  21. Cam needs to learn an NFL offense. That triple option garbage doesn’t fly in the big leagues. Way to embarrass yourself and your team on national tv.

  22. I forgot to mention:

    4. His superman stunt in the endzone after scoring the first touchdown being down 23-0 tells me the guy is clueless and everything is basically about him.

  23. cam needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions, but its clear that the sulking is a result of how much he cares. he has high expectations for himself and his team and it obviously bothers him a great deal when he/they don’t get it done. once he learns to channel that frustration into an even higher level of focus, he’ll be set.

    for the record, i root for an AFC team. no dog in this fight

  24. I trust pft will be all over this story the same way they cover Jay Cutler right? I mean the media has made it sound like Cutler is the only qb with an attitude problem when things do not go his way yet newton does this every game when he is not playing well. double standard guys? guess it has nothing to do with cam having a media friendly personality though right?

  25. In the past three years, Cam Newton has achieved the following: undefeated national champ at Blinn, undefeated national champ and Heisman winner at Auburn, #1 overall pick, 1st quarterback ever to rush for 14 TDs, NFL record for passing yards by a rookie, transformed the 32nd ranked offense into the 5th ranked offense, tripled the team’s prior year win total, all without the benefit of a full training camp. Think about that for a moment before you start bashing him over one or two bad games. He is 23 years old, hyper-competitive, not used to failure, still maturing as a person, and still in the steep part of the NFL learning curve. Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions as a 23-year old rookie. Aaron Rodgers never sniffed the field for his first few years and never dealt with any expectations while he learned the NFL game. Cam has to stop pouting and use that time and energy to focus on the next drive. I’m sure Steve Smith made that crystal clear to him last night. Let’s see how he responds. For those of you who pretend the last three years never happened or were a fluke, look at how foolish Cam made you look last year. He’ll be back.

  26. This guy was sulking after his team punted, never mind an INT. Mentally weak! One thing goes wrong and he can’t fight through it. Get a good head of steam and he’s fine. He has a lot of growing up to do, and Steve Smith should have smacked him upside the head.

  27. It is very difficult to go from the highest paid college player to one of the lowest paid NFL quaterbacks.

  28. trollhammer20 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 1:44 PM
    Having watched two NFL games so far this week, here’s what I noticed:

    Peyton Manning is having a bad game in Atlanta. Peyton Manning leaves the field after throwing a pick, and within moments, is on the phone with his OC and/or looking over photographs to try and decipher the defense.

    Cam Newton is having a bad game in Carolina. Cam Newton leaves the field after throwing a pick, and within moments, is sitting on the sideline with a towel over his head, not talking with anyone.

    It’s a pretty striking difference, especially since at the end of Manning’s game, his team had erased a double-digit deficit and only needed one score to win, while at the end of Newton’s game, the Panthers were completely buried.

    That was such a good post that I had to post it again. Great post trollhammer20!

  29. I’ve been saying it from Day One, Cam Newton will never be an elite NFL quarterback because for him it’s about ME and not about TEAM. He’s had more than enough time now to lose the Crying Towel and to put away the Superman act, but he still doesn’t get it. Even with a mentor like Steve Smith in his face, he still doesn’t get it.

    I don’t think Newton ever will get it. With that said, I hope Jimmy Clausen gets another chance in Carolina because he has the right attitude about team first.

    Let Cam go make his millions as a cultural icon. Maybe he can hook up with Snoop Dog and do a football blues routine or something.

  30. Glad to see I am not the only one who thinks his Superman thing is just plain stupid. Makes me want to see his legs get broken.

  31. although im more than estatic that my boys took the W yesterday.. i like supercam, and what i seen out of his press conference was childlike..and im 24 only a yr older than newton.. he looked pathetic and someone incapable of leading a team all the way. it was really sad.

    on another note. whoever keeps calling those option plays with newton needs 2 be fired..it will not work against good defense. yeah its a good play every once in a while in a game but when u do it consistantly you will get what happened last night…taking a L

  32. There are obviously many differences between Cam and Eli, but one thing last night highlighted the biggest difference. Up big, with his backup in the game, Eli was listening in his helmet to every play that went in, while it’s well documented what Cam was doing. Eli’s focused on getting better and being a part of his team. Cam is focused on himself. I obviously don’t know the guy personally, but that’s what it looks like.

  33. The way I see it, people break differently. One shatters into tiny pieces of glass and cannot be rebuilt. Another breaks into a jagged, sharp edged weapon…becomes even more dangerous.

    How do the Mannings react to adversity? How does Tom Brady react to adversity? Now look at RGII, Luck and Cam. How will they react to adversity. We saw Luck come back strong the next game. We believe RGII has the same character makeup and will come back fighting and stronger after a loss…except for criticizing the other team for playing dirty. Cam…we shall see.

    But the Superman label took a huge hit last night and we see that he can be his own kryptonite.

  34. trollhammer20 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 1:44 PM
    Having watched two NFL games so far this week, here’s what I noticed:

    Peyton Manning is having a bad game in Atlanta… is on the phone with his OC and/or looking over photographs to try and decipher the defense.

    Cam Newton is having a bad game in Carolina.. is sitting on the sideline with a towel over his head, not talking with anyone.
    ****************************

    Much as I agree Newton is probably a prima donna that needs to learn maturity, I’m not sure that’s a great comparison since Peyton has been in the league for over a decade longer. The Broncos are basically HIS team and HIS offense. He’s been his own offense coordinator for years, tried and tested as a leader and now has more knowledge on the game than physical ability. Newton, is a totally different situation.

    With that said, the ONLY good reaction in the NFL comes after a Win. Before he was a 2x SB winner, Eli was constantly questioned because of his demeanor after a loss wasn’t emotional enough, the opposite of Newton. If a couple receivers don’t have miraculous catches, popular thinking about Eli would still be “Gomer Pyle cannot lead”. Then you have everyone’s favorite Cutler, who is TOO emotional and really seems like the kind of guy you’d want to deck. If he won 2 SB’s, we’d all probably start talking about how great his ‘competitive’ spirit is. Truthfully, most of these guys are just guys. They have different personalities, which only comes into question because they’re losing.

  35. godofwine330 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    Now that’s a leader. Steve Smith is leading by example. Don’t slouch on the bench.
    ****************

    That may be true, but why does it seem like teammates are so willing to tell the media everything that’s going on in the locker room? If you talk to a teammate about his attitude, shouldn’t that be between you guys?

  36. Look at all the people who hated Newton and had to hold their tongue all last year jumping out of the wood work. You fools need to get a life.

    One fool is here talking about, he’s never going to be good. after he just shattered the NFL QB rookie record book. Another fool is comparing him to the maturity level of Peyton Manning, you know, Mr. “We had protection issues” when he was throwing his offensive linemen under the bus yet again after another disappointing playoff loss. And then there’s the clown prince of these comments talking about giving terrible Jimmy Claussen another shot because “he’s got the right attitude,” despite his immature attitude being one of the reasons he went in the second round to begin with (besides him sucking).

    These are all actual hilarious takes within this comment section being put forth by people who for some reason have an unnatural hatred of this player. Get that hate out of your heart. Unless you’re a Saint, Buc, or Falcon fan (which I highly doubt all of you are), it’s unnatural to have such a reaction to a player.

  37. Cam need only look across the field to see how a young player should behave.

    Victor Cruz is far more humble, doesn’t salsa when losing (see New Orleans game last year), accepts that he has a rookie-pay contract when his numbers last year suggested he could have held out and/or demanded top 10 WR money… and most of all, knows he only performed well for one year and has to prove it again. He follows Eli like a lost puppy and soaks up all the knowledge he can from the veterans.

    Cam Newton thinks he’s God’s gift because he set a few running-QB season records, was Rookie of the Year, and makes top-draft-pick money, even though his team had a losing record. The veterans try to counsel him, but apparently Cam doesn’t want to learn… or listen. He needs to know that all his future opponents will watch the Giants’ defensive film to learn how they stopped the option all night – and that if his next talking-to comes from Rivera instead of a teammate, he may find plenty of time to sulk.

  38. Y’all need to chill. It’s one game.
    He was sulking like that right before he led that massive comeback against Alabama while he was at Auburn.
    Carolina is relying on the option a lot this year because the offensive line isn’t as good. JPP, Osi, and Tuck are athletic enough to stop it.
    Passing wise it wasn’t all bad, he completed some big passes, he just didn’t do enough.
    We will be alright, we may 5-11 6-10 again, but we can add some secondary and defensive line talent to help us out next offseason.

    We also need to fire Sean McDermott or maybe Ron Rivera. The defense is not looking good even with everyone back from injury. Our offense as a whole needs to get better, but we have a ton of youth so we should just improve.

    This is not the beginning of the end. Cam-a-lot shall rise as a dominant team.

  39. When a player has a brilliant rookie year, it seems almost a given that they’re going to struggle in year 2. A. I think they gain a false sense that the NFL is easier than they thot it would be, B. they think they are better than they are and C. everyone else has a full year of tape on their tendencies and weaknesses to prepare for in year two. Year 2 ends up either being a huge wake up call or their doorway to being out if the league, broke and blaming others for your lost fortune.

  40. trollhammer20 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    Possibly the best football observation I have read today… maybe this month, maybe this year! Good Point dude.

  41. Vick,s a running QB, Young is a running QB, Newton is running QB, RGlll is a running QB, at the beginning defenses did not how to defend them, but the next year they turn out to be a average QB, Vick is nothing special, Young just forget it, Newton thought he could out run the defense this year, without honing is skills,RGlll looks great, but he is a running QB, works this year,but if he thinks he is going to to this next year without honing his skills, he will be ranked right along Vick,Young,and Newton. What got you through college isn’t going to work in the NFL for long, There is a lot of guys in the NFL that’s a lot smarter them them, WHY? All good players keep learning and honing their skills. I understand that a QB must scramble at times, but if you are the QB practice being a QB and not the RUNNING BACK, Hint ( Tebow )
    so RGlll running for touchdowns works this year,what about next year, if they don’t get smarter, they sit on the sidelines with a towel over their heads

  42. maybe give the defense a different look every now and than other than the shotgun read option and the offense won’t be so predictable. there’s no solution for this horrid defense tho

  43. Carolina is going to look at this guy to lead them for the next decade. Unfortunately for them he has a lot of growing up to do. Great talent but I question if he has the focus and persistence to be great at this level.

  44. realfootballfan says: Sep 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    “Look at all the people who hated Newton and had to hold their tongue all last year jumping out of the wood work. You fools need to get a life.

    “One fool is here talking about, he’s never going to be good. after he just shattered the NFL QB rookie record book.”

    This fool doesn’t hate anyone, but I never held my tongue and said before Cam’s first game that I thought he was about ME and not about TEAM.

    Yes, he set rookie records. But that doesn’t mean squat when you’re thinking about TEAM and a winning season.

    For some reason Cam apologists like “realfootballfan” have to drag out the old “hater” label instead of dealing with facts, and the facts about Cam Newton are painfully obvious:

    1) He’s a young man with talent and potential.
    2) He’s extremely immature and self-centered.
    3) He’s not taking advantage of the old school pros around him to reach his potential.
    4) He’s throwing interceptions and then putting towels on his head and crying on the bench instead of talking with the coach and figuring out what happened.
    5) The Cats are now 0-2.
    6) Etc., etc., etc.

    I wish this young man the best, I really do, but so far he’s not shown the maturity to be a TEAM leader, and frankly from what I’ve seen he’s never going to…

  45. I will bet anyone that we will never see RGIII act like that regardless of the score. It takes much more than raw talent and fan popularity to be a real leader…it takes CHARACTER! As a casual Panthers fan I hope Cam develops some.

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