Cecil Newton says Cam needs to change his attitude in post-loss press conferences

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No longer the flavor of the month, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has mustered only one win in the first full month of the NFL season, with his team at 1-4 at the bye week.

Newton has come under criticism for a variety of things, including his demeanor at post-game press conferences following a loss.  Even his father, Cecil, agrees that Cam needs to be a bit less deflated and downtrodden.

“Is it something he needs to change?” Cecil Newton told WFNZ’s The Drive with Taylor and Marc.  “Well yes I guess so.”

Of course, that concession came after Cecil Newton defended Cam’s habits.

“I know he hasn’t been responsive in some of his interviews [after losses] but he has been like that since he was seven years old,” said Cecil Newton, who explained that he did the spot in order to “take some of the heat off” Cam.  “It’s difficult, there are some things that I don’t touch and don’t tell him what he should and shouldn’t do.”

As to the things that are causing the Panthers to lose so many games, Cecil Newton agrees with coach Ron Rivera’s assessment of Cam.

“I think he’s just pressing,” Cecil Newton said.  “I think he’s maybe trying to do too much.  I know my son, he is going to go back into the lab, tweak some things, work hard, and come out better.  He is not in the business of making excuses.  He is going to come back better.”

And Cam wants to return from the lab as a Panther.  And he wants to continue to be a Panther.

“We love the Panthers,” Cecil Newton said.  “And we are very appreciative of everything that this town and organization has done for us.  Cam wants to stay in Carolina and I would like for him to, as long as Mr. Richardson and whoever else is in charge wants him to.

“A vast portion of Cam’s sulking and disappointment is that he has the burden of trying to deliver the goods to the Panthers fans.”

This year, Cam hasn’t.  For his career, he has won only seven of 21 games.  That’s a 33-percent win percentage.

And that’s enough to make every Panthers fan sulk and be disappointed.

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46 responses to “Cecil Newton says Cam needs to change his attitude in post-loss press conferences

  1. “I know he hasn’t been responsive in some of his interviews [after losses] but he has been like that since he was seven years old”

    Yeah but he’s not 7 anymore.

  2. lots of players are great because they take losing seriously…

    and those that are harder on themselves than anyone else are often the best players out there…

    so who really cares if he’s got a halo at pressers….

  3. That’s why you can’t overhype these guys and proclaim them the next so and so after one losing season.

  4. Over-hyped much?
    If he’d clear his head of all the hype, some of it self induced, he’d probably do much better.
    Of course, there’s the possibility that he’s not really that good.
    I think he probably can be good. Maybe not great.

  5. Excuse me!?!! The Panthers won 2 games the year before Cam and looked like a team that was going to loose and be the worst team for many years.

    Cam just needs to understand that he’s the leader and has to motivate not only himself but his teammates. The Panthers need to consider a change at GM, Defensive Coordinator or Head Coach. The defense has been horrible!

  6. Reminder, Dad, you raised him. The behavior he’s exhibiting is what he’s grown accustomed to you overlooking all his life.

  7. People can’t wait to see this man fail. It’s like Christmas has come early for them. Pathetic. He’s a 2nd year QB and the NFL has adjusted to how they play offense. He’s now figuring out what it means to game plan, make adjustments and really be an NFL QB. Nobody is surprised by him now. Teams know his tendencies. Let the man figure it out or not. Sheesh.

    BTW, what in the entire hell do you expect his dad to say? It’s his dad. If it was Archie Manning you’d be singing his praises. You know, the guy that dictated where his son got drafted and outright told the Chargers that they’d better not draft Eli or he wont play? People choose what they want to remember and forget.

  8. come back better.”

    And Cam wants to return from the lab as a Panther. And he wants to continue to be a Panther.

    “We love the Panthers,” Cecil Newton said. “And we are very appreciative of everything that this town and organization has done for us. Cam wants to stay in Carolina and I would like for him to, as long as Mr. Richardson and whoever else is in charge wants him to.

    “A vast portion of Cam’s sulking and disappointment is that he has the burden of trying to deliver the goods to the Panthers fans.”
    ================================

    I think this is a veiled threat to the Panthers. The Newtons are blaming the losses on the organization and plan to shop Cam elsewhere if the organization doesn’t make them happy.

  9. “We love the Panthers,” Cecil Newton said. “And we are very appreciative of everything that this town and organization has done for us.”

    ========================

    But admit it Mr. Newton – Auburn paid a whole lot better!!

  10. Looks like daddy spoiled junior. Don’t want to play for this college team, skipper? No problem, I’ll shop you to the highest bidder at Auburn. What Cam wants, Cam gets. If not, he pouts.

  11. Maybe it’s the media’s fault for protraying this guy like he thinks he is the greatest in the world…or maybe it’s his attitude of “look at me, look at me!” Whichever it is, I can’t stand him. I think it’s more him than anything else. I didn’t have an opinion of him until his “Superman” move. That made up my mind.

  12. Best move for improving Cam’s image would be sending Papa Cecil far, far away. Nobody’s done more to hurt Cam’s image than him.

  13. It’s year two and there’s already talk of how much Cam loves Carolina and how much he wants to stay… I figured this would happen sooner or later but not in year 2 week 5. Sorry, Carolina it won’t be long now before he demands a trade.

  14. for the guy who said that cam got them 6 wins last year, 5 of them were against the worst teams in football and the other against Houston at the end of the season with the 3rd string qb, not something to brag about. and their line win this season was against the 1-4 saints

  15. for the guy who said that cam got them 6 wins last year, 5 of them were against the worst teams in football and the other against Houston at the end of the season with the 3rd string qb, not something to brag about. and their lone win this season was against the 1-4 saints

  16. Who is ANYONE to say how Cam Newton should act at a press conference. The guy is who he is and shouldn’t change for nobody! It’s a breath of fresh air to see athletes being themselves these days as opposed to some cliche, poop sputtering phony. Don’t change Cam, there’s no need to, if people don’t like it, flip em’ the bird and show em’ your bare arse!

  17. You people are ridiculous. I can tell most of you are not Panthers fans. Shows me how much you all think of your pathetic, big market, all show and no dough, hype machine, NY, CHI, NE, Philly, Pittsburgh kiss our Southern arsses! Keep talking sh*t, because it won’t be long before the tide turns in Charlotte… And the South will rise again! By the time all of the big market teams are winding down and retiring all their franchise players, we will be a force, and Cam will tax that arss!

  18. He considers himself an entertainer, just ask him.

    Last year he had a great year as a Quarterback, but now this is starting to really get entertaining!

  19. Cam has outstanding athleticism and not much else. Where did the “wants to stay in Carolina” stuff come from? It has to be from private convsations about moving on. It’s way to early for that and I don’t think the Panthers have suggested moving on. Sounds like a potential holdout is coming as soon as he is eligible (or a likely attempt to move to a bigger market). His self-absorbed attitude is over the top and the superman thing needs to go away. If he is upset that the team lost then, OK. I think he is upset at his “brand” degrading more than the team losing. The goal of being an entertainer and icon says a lot about this kid…and it is not good. He needs to learn how to be a professional.

  20. You’re kidding me, right?

    This is a league where Derek Anderson was flamed by fans AND media for daring to crack a smile on the sideline during a bad loss.

    Now we’re get on a player’s case for being too depressed and mopy after a loss?

    Can fans and the media please make up their minds?

  21. Do people really believe Newton’s or even the Panthers’ problem is they brought into “the hype”? Really is that your assessment? How about something more concrete such as Cam needs to improve his pre snap reads, work on going through his receiving options better, and learn how to utilize his tight end better. Defenses are much more disciplinedwhen it comes to shutting off his running lanes and are forcing him to throw more from the pocket. Isn’t that a much better assessment then “his problem is he believed in the hype”?

    As a Skins fan I’m glad RGIII came in believing in his hype and doing what’s needed to prove it’s real. Call it arrogance, confidence, hype, whatever. Every highly rated player comes in the league with it. They may choose different ways to display it but it’s there all the same.

  22. I think it’s still way to early to label Cam a bust, just like it was way to early to call him the next Steve Young last season.

    Speaking of 49ers QBs look at Alex Smith’s last game (even if it was against the 2-3 Bills). There is proof that a player can progress, or at least change dramatically, well after their first couple of seasons in the league.

    Not everyone starts off like Big Ben or Joe Montana and wins it all within their first few years. Cam isn’t winning games right now, but it’s foolish to call him bust when he’s not even finished with his second season on a team that had two wins the year before drafting him.

  23. The show he was on was the drive with taylor and MARC…i listened to the interview…he had some interesting things be said…he said 97% of the accusations from the auburn money deal was found false…he also said that he wasnt allowed in the national champioship game so he and a friend watched it at a hotel bar ans afterwards walked to the stadium…said it took him 35 mins to get there

  24. Who is anyone to say, dobber? How about the guy’s teammates? It won’t be long before his strutting around in the EZ when his team is down 23 points will start to make them scratch their heads. Real true leaders not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. You don’t have to change to act appropriately in given situations.

    It’s like a parent who would get in the face of a teacher who dared to give their kid a well earned detention. All that parental permissiveness/every kid is a special snowflake mentality is NOT helping this country. And it’s a complete anathema to being a leader in a TEAM sport.

  25. This “sophmore slump” was easy to call…. not because Cam isn’t a good player, but because his supporting cast is subpar and D-Coordinators had an offseason to prepare. Let us see if Cam can bounce back next year and expand his game.

  26. Come on mike did you really just talk about his record his whole team sucks. They need more talent around him but as I sad before fickle media love you and they hate. O by the way if he wins his next game than he is a great leader you guys are jokes sometimes.

  27. First it was Serena Williams father,now its Cam Newtons father getting his five minutes of fame,why not every players father if they know more than the coaches do about their sons problems and can straighten out the problem.looks like Williams startred a trend.

  28. Look at the number he wears. Any player who wears #1 is telling the world where he stands in his list of importance to his team.
    The ego is beyond belief. Scam.

  29. Cam and his old man both need to adhere to the time-proven maxim: Shut up, play Team, and win.

    With Cam’s dad becoming increasingly vocal, its obvious his son’s PR team needs to put a cork in the old man’s mouth while cutting back on Cam’s public appearance in ads. Few of the fans in Carolina want to see him pitching all the junk he’s pitching while he’s losing game after game and looking more and more like Vince Young every day.

  30. if cam newton does this which i know he does, then i would call that a character flaw. but his dad would be the last person anyone should look to for advice on bettering their character.

  31. Scam goes out and wins 6 lousy games for them last year and then he is on GQ and consumed with rolling out clothes. You would think they won the super bowl or something. It’s just been over the top with hype and now they are back where they started, with a bad team.

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