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Cam Newton is done sulking

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The first two years of Cam Newton’s career have included a bad habit of sulking when things go poorly.  In his third NFL season, Newton plans to put on a happier face during unhappy times.

Newton said, per the Associated Press, that his approach in 2013 will be this:  “Next play.”

“Oh man, I had it bad,” Newton said regarding his reactions to adversity.  “I still do have it to some degree.”

He’s trying to get rid of it, because it can be counterproductive.

“There are times when I am worried about the play where I overthrew [Steve Smith] — and now it is three plays later,” Newton said. “If I let that affect me the next ball is not going to be complete or it might be intercepted.  It’s like a snowball effect.  For me it’s about moving on and understanding that mistakes are going to happen.  But you have to bounce back and make the most of each and every play.”

New offensive coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey have been working on getting Newton to forget about bad plays more quickly.

‘They’ve been doing an unbelievable job with being that gnat in my ear, saying, ‘Cam, forget about it. Go to the next play,’” Newton said.  “And that’s a good thing.”

Newton will need to find a way to deal not only with bad plays but also bad games.  By the time he heads to the podium for a post-game press conference, he needs to leave the long face in the locker room and focus on what he can learn from the loss in order to turn the next game into a win.

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43 Responses to “Cam Newton is done sulking”
  1. harrycanyon says: Aug 16, 2013 8:59 PM

    Please stop doing the superman BS when you score too. QBs should be above the childish celebrations like that. Plus it so unoriginal.

  2. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 16, 2013 9:00 PM

    Russell Wilson is already a better leader than Scam Newton.

  3. jakec4 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:01 PM

    As far as problems go this isn’t a huge one. I still believe Newton has the potential to be a huge star in the NFL perennially.

  4. harrycanyon says: Aug 16, 2013 9:02 PM

    Wilson seems like the real deal. The guy that will be around a few years from now. I don’t see these option QBs lasting 5-7 yrs max.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 16, 2013 9:10 PM

    They worried about the long face until they learned that his grandfather was a Clydesdale.

  6. originalpsl says: Aug 16, 2013 9:12 PM

    Lose the stupid towel on your head and start acting like a leader.

  7. realskipbayless says: Aug 16, 2013 9:17 PM

    Cam has a lot of potential of being a really good player. I hope he grows up in time to do it.

  8. boyshole25 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:19 PM

    Mental toughness Yeaaa ya need that

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 16, 2013 9:25 PM

    Bust!

  10. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    Well at least he’s not Cutler where he throws an interception then laughs about on the sideline…

  11. cadillacjosh says: Aug 16, 2013 10:01 PM

    Scam Newton? Who did Newton scam?

  12. melikefootball says: Aug 16, 2013 10:04 PM

    The season has not started yet.

  13. rjkilla says: Aug 16, 2013 10:10 PM

    i’m fine with the superman pose ONLY if it’s to take the lead or when they’re winning. doing it while being blown out at home grinds my gears

  14. blacknole08 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:16 PM

    aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 16, 2013 9:00 PM

    Russell Wilson is already a better leader than Scam Newton.

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    Let’s see what Wilson does in year two. I like Wilson but Cam has put up some great numbers his first two years.

    Now if we can just get him some help at wideout! Smitty isn’t getting any younger.

  15. stafftobush says: Aug 16, 2013 10:39 PM

    Russel Wilson also has a bomb ass team, It’s easier to be a great leader, leading a great team silly.

  16. watchfullhose says: Aug 16, 2013 10:42 PM

    Maybe he could stop sucking too

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 16, 2013 10:43 PM

    Changing that is easier said than done. It’s based on emotion which is just part of who Cam is. and I think a little too much has been made of it.

    If he is joking around after a bad play, he will be criticised too. Can’t win in a way.

    Best advice, just be who you are.

  18. str82dvd says: Aug 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    Look at me everyone! Wheee! I’m a total child everyone look at me!! I’m Superman!

  19. fdugrad says: Aug 16, 2013 10:53 PM

    So, he’s “Done Sulking,” eh? I will believe it when I DON’T see it.

  20. vwbrown19 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:00 PM

    Newton not sulk now that would really be something

  21. bloodisred says: Aug 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    –harrycanyon– I’m interested, do you have the same opinion of Aaron Rodger’s celebratory belt move? And exactly how is Newton’s Superman unoriginal when he originated it? (in football)

  22. ososrule says: Aug 16, 2013 11:38 PM

    I don’t really think there is anything wrong Cam. I would take him over IRg3 in a heartbeat. His coach is Ron Rivera, what do you expect?

    He needs to get out of Carolina!

  23. bearsnoah says: Aug 16, 2013 11:41 PM

    He stole a laptop.

  24. adoombray says: Aug 16, 2013 11:42 PM

    Ken Dorsey was one of the worst QB’s in modern NFL history. Couldn’t even beat out Tim Rattay. If thats Newton’s position coach, this season is doomed.

  25. teek77 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:48 PM

    First week of season, Russell has to come back to NC and face the fans he deserted a few years ago. Let’s see how well he handles the pressure.

  26. jlmd17 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:27 AM

    Next job – sucking.

  27. nfl4days says: Aug 17, 2013 12:40 AM

    Russell Wilson has a top 3 run game, good WRs, one of the best o lines, and a top 2 defense. Cam has 36 year old steve smith and Greg Olsen.

  28. mythaimyke says: Aug 17, 2013 12:42 AM

    Once a sulker, always a sulker! Hope he will do his sulking with a clip board in hand , watching from the side line!

  29. squared80 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:12 AM

    harrycanyon says:
    Aug 16, 2013 8:59 PM
    Please stop doing the superman BS when you score too. QBs should be above the childish celebrations like that. Plus it so unoriginal.

    ———————————–

    You mean like Aaron Rodgers?

  30. charliereno says: Aug 17, 2013 1:22 AM

    Can’t Newton: Super Bust.

  31. diehardcatz says: Aug 17, 2013 1:26 AM

    Go get it, Cam! Forget the pundits! You ball out and collect W’s and you’ll be aight! Go Panthers

  32. henryjones20 says: Aug 17, 2013 1:40 AM

    harrycanyon:you must really hate Aaron rodgers td celebration I can only assume.lol aaroncurrybust:you must really despise johnny football with all his scams for getting paid! lol haha u two selective haterz

  33. badintent says: Aug 17, 2013 2:47 AM

    Cam is only a front runner. Even Vince Young lead the Titans to some comeback victories. come on Cam. Be a man . It’s called leadership. It’s the forward for the Joe Montana book. Read it . Get it soon. or Else.

  34. joetoronto says: Aug 17, 2013 5:15 AM

    “Oh man, I had it bad,” Newton said regarding his reactions to adversity. “I still do have it to some degree.”

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  35. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 17, 2013 6:18 AM

    Ken Dorsey is his QB coach? Another guy like Cam-great college qb whose skill set didn’t translate well to the NFL

  36. finscanes says: Aug 17, 2013 6:43 AM

    A Ken Dorsey sighting? So THAT’S where he’s been..Go Canes!

  37. beckzhere says: Aug 17, 2013 7:30 AM

    As a Falcons, I personally enjoy watching him sulk. You can’t be a team’s leader and be pouting all the time. When you make a mistake, be pissed! But get over it and move on, the entire team will be better for it.

  38. elcunado1 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:39 AM

    Cam Newton has every conceivable physical talent to be one of the all-time great QBs, but his attitude and demeanor strike me as a combination of regrettable traits similar to A-Rod’s self-absorbed aloof lack of self-awareness and sense of entitlement along with a penchant for sulking/pouting when things don’t go his way/when facing adversity or criticism that seems quite similar to Ryan Leaf. I remember when Ryan Leaf came in third in the Heisman voting and instead of congratulating Charles Woodson he angrily flailed his arms/fist in dismay, looked at the ground dejected and when asked his thoughts couldn’t even say “the right things” about it being an honor to be nominated and then congratulating Woodson. Newton is not nearly as offensive as Leaf personality wise, but he conveys many of the same personality traits to this impartial observer. I hope he gets through this stage of immaturity and becomes a leader of men that takes advantage of his one in a billion physical gifts and becomes a truly great all-around player and person.

  39. greenmeattruck says: Aug 17, 2013 7:52 AM

    Getting that rattled over one bad play is a habit that should have been broken in high school. For most QB’s, it is.
    This idiot looks like he’s about to cry every time things don’t go his way.

  40. clt2 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:38 AM

    Its amazing the number of people who read a positive article about newton just so they can leave a negative comment. You guys need a new hobby.

  41. whoisrdymlz says: Aug 17, 2013 12:19 PM

    This guy gets it. His teammates and coaches acknowledge his leadership. Local and national media have taken notice too. Great players will always have haters. Let ‘em hate.

  42. brasho says: Aug 18, 2013 8:48 AM

    with Mike Shula as his OC it will be imperative that he gets bad plays out of his head ASAP, there will be an endless supply.

  43. jgedgar70 says: Aug 21, 2013 7:18 AM

    If Cam made an appearance at the Trade & Tryon St intersection and saw an explosion in the Bank of America Corporate Center, and he ran in and piled 4 people on his back and brought them out, saving their lives, the article about the incident on PFT would be loaded with hundreds of comments that said that Cam is the most evil human being that ever walked the Earth.

    PLEASE find something else to complain about!

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