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Cam Newton: After the ball is snapped is important, the rest is fluff

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

Over the course of their run to Super Bowl 50, one of the recurring discussions about the Panthers has been about the penchant for on-field celebrations and other expressions of their players’ personalities.

Quarterback Cam Newton has frequently been in the middle of those conversations, but he’s not buying the narrative that coach Ron Rivera’s willingness to let players be themselves is a driving factor in the team’s success.

On Tuesday, Newton said that people “get detoured” by discussions about what happens outside the “four to six seconds” that it can take to run a play during a game. The rest, according to the quarterback, is “fluff.”

“When people see us play, that’s after those four to six seconds when we’re doing that,” Newton said. “When those four to six seconds happen, you see 11 guys offensively, defensively and special teams that’s locked in and dialed in, and that’s what people overlook at times. Yeah, we have a lot of character and charisma and a lot of personality in the locker room, but yet the big picture that everyone should be talking about is those four to six seconds. You got guys that can do this or got guys that can do that, but the importance is when that ball is snapped, you’re where you’re supposed to be and you do what you’re supposed to be doing no matter who you are.”

Newton’s comments are similar to ones that he and other Panthers have made in the past in reference to questions about whether they celebrate too much on the field. The Panthers’ take has been that it is up to the other team to stop them during those four to six seconds if they don’t want to see Carolina celebrate. The 17-1 record that the Panthers bring into Super Bowl 50 speaks to how rarely opponents have been able to do that and how much more that on-field execution ultimately matters to winning and losing football games.

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29 Responses to “Cam Newton: After the ball is snapped is important, the rest is fluff”
  1. smitty113 says: Feb 2, 2016 7:07 PM

    Actions speak louder then words

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 2, 2016 7:10 PM

    Denver “D” gonna fluff you up!

  3. profish13 says: Feb 2, 2016 7:26 PM

    He’s having fun and most importantly, winning. What is the big deal if he’s celebrating? These are people with emotions, not robots.

    If he was celebrating an injury to an opponent or celebrating while the team was losing, that would be a problem. However, I don’t see him doing either of those things. People need to stop looking for reasons to dislike someone.

    Either root for him or don’t, but stop making a story out of nothing.

  4. jnovi86 says: Feb 2, 2016 7:34 PM

    They are having fun doing their jobs, which is to play a sport and entertain people. Why the heck should they all look like bill belichek all the time with a permanent frown?

    give these guys a break

  5. pantherfan1973299 says: Feb 2, 2016 7:42 PM

    Newsflash, we are over it. Think what you want, say what you want, hate all you want. Nothing can stop them now.

  6. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 2, 2016 7:52 PM

    Can Cam read defense? We’ll Sunday since Wade Phillips will try to confuse him all game.

  7. gacoltfan says: Feb 2, 2016 7:55 PM

    First off, the celebrating doesn’t bother. But, I hate the comment “if they don’t want us to celebrate then they should stop us”. The people complaining about the celebrating are the fans, not the other team. Last I checked fans aren’t allowed to go out onto the field to stop anyone.

  8. hailtothenamechange says: Feb 2, 2016 8:16 PM

    The opposing QB is the all-time best in those 40 seconds that come before those 4-6 seconds and he doesn’t spend them dancing.

  9. randomguy9999 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:21 PM

    Cam is being very unrealistic… all that time between drives when his D is on the field and he’s supposed to be working on adjustments and ‘dialing in’ the next series is very important and he should stop wasting it doing jumping jack dances

    the real franchise guys in the NFL know know that their job isn’t rah rahing the crowd and work every second they aren’t on the field… you know, like PM.. 99% of the strategy isn’t worked out during each play

    he’s is in his 5th year and just exposing his immaturity with that theory that the only time that matters is the few seconds after each snap

  10. orange and blue rule the AFC says: Feb 2, 2016 8:32 PM

    It’ll be nice to finally watch the Broncos face a worthy opponent.

  11. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Feb 2, 2016 8:37 PM

    I was all about calling him Scam Newton and asking about how much Auburn paid him when he was in college. I was all about calling him a bust when he came out. At some point, this guys made me a fan. I love how he displays his love and passion for the game. I love and respect how much it appears he does in the community and his passion for working with kids. I admire the fact that he could care less what anyone other than his coaches, teammates, family and fans think of him. Maybe above all, I love how he answers these ridiculous black quarterback questions. I’m so tired of talking about race and the role it plays in sports, and so is Cam. That being said, I’d still like to see Manning go out on top, but I’d be cool with the Panthers too I guess. Anythings better than having to choose between the pats and seahawks.

  12. oldandgrumpy72 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:38 PM

    There are a lot of old school players and fans that do not like all the celebrations. What happened to giving the ball to the back judge, a fist pump, high five or head butt? I dislike the first down celebrations more than the TD ones.

  13. richardparker123 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    Cam is a self-aware punk–the worst kind. Sideline cornball, irritating reaction shot machine, he’s the poster boy for “act like you’ve never been there” idiots league-wide.

    Not saying he has to change. But his grating, annoying in-game antics will continue to turn off lots of people. Fact.

    Not that he can or should care. He just needs to take the fan and media flack or change–i.e. grow up.

  14. Tundro says: Feb 2, 2016 8:48 PM

    Can Cam read defenses? No he’s 17-1 because he’s a moron. Sheesh people don’t see how very good he is as a passer because of something but it’s not success or stats. I wonder what it is.

  15. qdog112 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:54 PM

    oldandgrumpy72 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 8:38 PM
    There are a lot of old school players and fans that do not like all the celebrations. What happened to giving the ball to the back judge, a fist pump, high five or head butt? I dislike the first down celebrations more than the TD ones.
    ***********
    Hey pal, perhaps watching sports is not your thing. Players have been celebrating since the 1st Olympics. Teams that detest celebrating should stop offensive players who do and they should not ever celebrate a sack, int or fumble recovery.

    Nobody forces fans to watch … boycott or watch curling. Heck, even golfers show joy now days. I guess you’re nostalgic for the pre-integration days. We ain’t back to that crap.

    A “head butt”? Certainly not enough concussions in football. Are you Gus Frerotte?

  16. agent7x6 says: Feb 2, 2016 8:59 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Feb 2, 2016 7:52 PM
    Can Cam read defense? We’ll Sunday since Wade Phillips will try to confuse him all game.
    ———————————————————————
    The implication that unless a QB wins the Super Bowl, then he is incapable of reading defenses is ridiculous. Or do you believe the fantasy that no defensive coordinators have tried to confuse Newton this year? He threw 35 touchdowns during the regular season. Why are you questioning his abilities?

  17. headwoundharry says: Feb 2, 2016 9:19 PM

    Translation: After the snap is when the cameras start clicking and you better do something cool!

  18. bartpkelly says: Feb 2, 2016 9:21 PM

    I have read a lot about Cam being a different type of QB – and in his words no one has seen his like before. But I am not sure about that:

    From Bleacher Report: ”
    While Luck’s “official” 40 time was 4.67, his “unofficial” time was exactly what Newton did l—4.59. Mind you, that means he had a much slower run on one of the attempts, while Newton did not (his final combined total was 4.56).

    Luck also compared pretty favorably to Newton in several other drills.

    His three-cone was 6.80 to Newton’s 6.92, while Newton’s shuttle was quicker by a .10 of a second (4.18 to 4.28). Luck outjumped Newton in the vertical (36 inches to 35), while Newton had two inches on Luck in the broad jump (10’4″ to 10’6″).

    Just a point to ponder when wondering if we haven’t seen anything like Cam’s athleticism before.

  19. dzor22 says: Feb 2, 2016 9:27 PM

    What is worse than the skipping and stupid dancing (and its a lot of players on the team; not just Cam) is people constantly whining about the criticism of Cam Newton. So what! As good as he is; he can do whatever he wants to do. Yet; I don’t have to like it. Live and let live on all sides. Ill enjoy when the fall comes; and it will. Some of us appreciate class even if it is ‘old school’. For those of you with a team in the Super Bowl. Enjoy!

  20. kitmandew says: Feb 2, 2016 9:56 PM

    The lights will not be too bright for this qb on Super Bowl Sunday. Yes he reads defenses and call his own plays whenever he wants to and usually it’s a great call. He is the next generation…..He’s shown it on the biggest stage in college football that he can handle the moment. I just don’t see him and this team losing this game…. I’m a fan of Manning but I just think it’s too late for him……

  21. captainspangled says: Feb 2, 2016 10:14 PM

    Curious what aspect of Can Newton would make people question if he can read defenses. It certainly isn’t a commentary on his play or work ethic, as both of those have proven to be exceptional.

    Just so curious to find out what aspect of him makes people question if he can “read defenses”

  22. culturalelitist says: Feb 2, 2016 10:32 PM

    I am a Broncos fan, so I will be rooting against Cam Newton on Sunday, but the more I find out about him, the more I like him. He’s smart, eloquent, thoughtful and classy.

  23. istateyourname says: Feb 3, 2016 7:38 AM

    Hey you expansion team, quit making everything look so easy!

  24. bucks4ever13 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:59 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Feb 2, 2016 7:52 PM
    Can Cam read defense? We’ll Sunday since Wade Phillips will try to confuse him all game.
    ________________________________________

    People don’t give him enough credit for the work he does outside those 4 to 6 seconds. Does he do the rah rah stuff on sideline. Sure. Does he go through adjustments and go through the bird’s eye view pictures of the play and talk with the coaches about what worked and what didn’t. He absolutely does. That’s not good tv though so they don’t show it. He’s taken huge strides this year. Everyone talks about his rushing stats but hihe had a career year passing with a career best 35 TDs to career low 10 INTs. He gave up his lowest sack total this year. Then add in the 636 rushing yards and 10 TDs. He’s not a great completion percentage type of QB. You’re not going to see 65+% out of him and not out of this offense where the deep shots are proportionately more of the offense than the average team. It’s clear he hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves for his improvement. But, if he puts together a few similar seasons in a row with a Super Bowl, maybe he will. Either that or his celebrating will cloud the vision of the haters. Can’t blame a guy for having fun playing a game though. Keep pounding!

  25. doubleogator says: Feb 3, 2016 9:25 AM

    We can do without the “fluff” play football and act like a pro…

  26. intrafinesse says: Feb 3, 2016 9:38 AM

    I’m with you on the 1st down celebrations, I dislike them.

    I don’t like the head butt because of the concussion risk.

    ——————–
    oldandgrumpy72 says:
    Feb 2, 2016 8:38 PM
    There are a lot of old school players and fans that do not like all the celebrations. What happened to giving the ball to the back judge, a fist pump, high five or head butt? I dislike the first down celebrations more than the TD ones.

  27. beastmode5150 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:18 AM

    Celebrating big, important plays is fine, but celebrating by running away so everyone can see you when you gain 4 on 2nd and 3 in the first quarter? That’s bull, and why this ” cam dislike” is even a thing.

  28. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2016 2:21 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Feb 3, 2016 10:18 AM
    Celebrating big, important plays is fine, but celebrating by running away so everyone can see you when you gain 4 on 2nd and 3 in the first quarter? That’s bull, and why this ” cam dislike” is even a thing.
    _____
    So why are you not complaining about the legion of defensive players that celebrate every bit as long and intensely as Cam when they get a sack or tackle for loss on 2nd & 3 in the first quarter?

    I already know the answer. Because you hate Cam for no good reason, so you call him evil for doing things that have been done by everyone for the last 100 years playing this game.

  29. letherton says: Feb 3, 2016 11:56 PM

    All you Cam bashers get ready for this. Panthers 27 Broncos 2 or 3 field goals.🏈😀

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