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Ron Rivera defends Cam Newton on fumble, press conference

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers and head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers stand on the field prior to Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Panthers coach Ron Rivera has no issues with the way Cam Newton conducted himself in Super Bowl 50, on the field or afterward.

Asked on PFT Live about Newton’s sullen attitude at the post-Super Bowl press conference, Rivera said the public got to see the raw feelings of a great competitor whose team had just fallen short.

“The one thing about Cam that I think a lot of people have to understand is he hates to lose. He really does. And a lot of great ones have that,” Rivera said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t win the big one. I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation and come back stronger next year.”

Rivera also said criticism of Newton for failing to fall on a fourth-quarter fumble is unfounded. Rivera said Newton was trying to locate the ball and get himself into position to recover it.

“I think he was looking for the rebound. When that group of guys came diving in, when it ricocheted backwards, he tried to turn and get after the ball. When you look at the circumstances he was looking at, I have no problem with that,” Rivera said.

Now, Rivera says, he needs his team to get back on track and ready to come back better in 2016.

“Just rebuilding the confidence, getting that swagger back that we’re going to need heading into next season,” Rivera said. “Right now we’re down, I know that, our players feel it, but we’ve got to get it back and get it back early.”

That starts with his best player.

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107 Responses to “Ron Rivera defends Cam Newton on fumble, press conference”
  1. bradygirl12 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:47 AM

    That’s pretty lame,Riverboat.

  2. paul82461 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:48 AM

    Defend all you want but the cameras dont lie. Cam quit, look at the tape, there was no way he was gonna fight for that ball, he might mess us his smile. Which I didnt see much of Sunday…thank God.

  3. pittsburgh84 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:48 AM

    Sore loser, poor winner.

    Just like school in the summer…no class.

  4. ineptguy8 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:49 AM

    What else is he going to say. Yes, my franchise QB totally bailed on his teammates? Everyone saw it, everyone knows he “made a business decision.” Cam is in it only for Cam and it is just now that his supporters have to acknowledge it.

  5. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:49 AM

    That’s exactly what I have been telling my friends when talking about the fumble. It looked like he was waiting for someone in the pile to punch it back out (which the ball actually did bounce back). I don’t understand how anyone can question his toughness, seeing as he was flipping into the endzone all year and taking on defenders.

    I understand some people don’t like the dancing and stuff which is okay, I personally have no problem with it. But to question his toughness is just absurd.

    -Pats fan

  6. bradygirl12 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:52 AM

    He is a great football player with a HC and teammates that continue to make excuses for his childlike behavior. A really great player has the skills plus leadership qualities. He is sorely lacking the latter. That fumble explanation is pure bull,too.

  7. bradygirl12 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    How does a Patriot hate comment find it’s way into a post about Cam Newton and the Panthers? It never fails.

  8. dukeearl says: Feb 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    It isn’t a long fly ball and he wasn’t playing it off the wall.
    He jumped away from it like a little girl.

  9. deneb1973 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    This is silly. Rivera is enabling the same child who loves to humiliate opponents when he or the team scores. How can you defend him rolling on the sidelines in frustration? Or acting the petulant child at a news conference? Or refusing to endanger himself by fighting for a fumble recovery? Call it what it is – Cam is a front running child who loves to torment his opponents and is unable to take criticism. Stop coddling this child! The new face of the NFL!

  10. jjackwagon says: Feb 9, 2016 8:56 AM

    Cam quit, we all saw it. Nothing you can say will change what everyone was able to see.
    As far as the presser, all Cam had to do was acknowledge that he had just been beaten by the best defense he had seen all year and left it at that.

  11. johnnyballsack says: Feb 9, 2016 8:56 AM

    Rivera is an enabler. Just like a parent who makes excuses for their children when they are acting like spoiled brats. Don’t expect Cam’s behavior to change as long as he has an enabler for a coach.

  12. teal379 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:56 AM

    Russel Wilson really hates to lose. After tossing a pick to lose the Superbowl – he went to the press conference and performed his job.

    Aaron Rodgers hates to lose – after his team, not even him, blew it against Seattle – he goes to the press conference and performs his job.

    Peyton Manning hates to lose – after getting blown off the field by Seattle in the Super Bowl – he goes to the press conference and does his job.

    Notice a pattern? Your excuse making for Cam doesn’t hold water. You knew it was going to go bad when he was complaining the week before about having to do the press obligations for SB week. Sorry man, want to make the millions – do your job on and off the field.

  13. cropslx says: Feb 9, 2016 8:57 AM

    Remember during the game on the punt return the Panther player bumped into the return man AND everybody just stood there? Maybe Cam had a brain fart too. He is the ULTIMATE competitor. Has people not seen this kid run straight into linebackers for first downs? He doesn’t quit!!

  14. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 9, 2016 8:58 AM

    Cam’s a punk and a frontrunner. Everybody knows it.

  15. vikingforlife says: Feb 9, 2016 8:58 AM

    He had been beat to basically a bloody pulp. I’m not sure if he knew he would be able to get back up again if he went after that ball, or if he knew which end was up or down. Come on, everybody, you know he did not look right! Now, I am not defending his press conference. That is a whole different story. But in that game, by that time I think he was seeing “Tweety Bird”.

  16. rjpats says: Feb 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    And how about him throwing himself on the ground on the sidelines like a child throwing a temper tantrum? Any comment on that?

  17. rogerdw66 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    I don’t have an issue with how he handled the presser. I just wish a reporter would have had the stones and sense of humor to ask him if he needed a band-aid for his feelings.🙂

  18. collectordude says: Feb 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    Newton must be allergic to the football.

  19. staff2cj says: Feb 9, 2016 9:02 AM

    Exposed

  20. jrossizzle says: Feb 9, 2016 9:03 AM

    Sorry Ron….
    He can’t nickname him pouty boy and then freak out when the rest of us are just agreeing with you

  21. thejuddstir says: Feb 9, 2016 9:04 AM

    I think Rivera is a very good head coach and it’s not surprising that he would rush to defend Newton, however, he is wrong on both accounts. “A lot of the great ones have that”………I’ve never seen any of the great ones act so petulant and pouty, thus Cam Newton does not yet belong in the same sentence as a Brady, Manning, Brees, etc. Also, over 100 million people saw with their own eyes how Newton reacted to the fumble that ultimately cost the Panthers the game. He had taken such a beating up to that point that he wasn’t about to sacrifice himself for the sake of his team…..he was a coward, plain and simple. “Waiting for a rebound”……..too damned laughable, Rivera would’ve been better off not saying anything. Keep enabling the big baby Ron and he will never grow up.

  22. msarcher1 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:05 AM

    I remember when Jeff Fisher defended VY.

  23. blu4l1fe says: Feb 9, 2016 9:05 AM

    teal379 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:56 AM

    Russel Wilson really hates to lose. After tossing a pick to lose the Superbowl – he went to the press conference and performed his job.

    Aaron Rodgers hates to lose – after his team, not even him, blew it against Seattle – he goes to the press conference and performs his job.

    Peyton Manning hates to lose – after getting blown off the field by Seattle in the Super Bowl – he goes to the press conference and does his job.

    Notice a pattern? Your excuse making for Cam doesn’t hold water. You knew it was going to go bad when he was complaining the week before about having to do the press obligations for SB week. Sorry man, want to make the millions – do your job on and off the field.

    ———————————————————

    Actually, I am quite surprised to hear that he wasn’t all into the press conferences during the week prior to the game considering how he is. And, really, doing a little press appearance, even after you lost, is a pretty small price to pay for getting millions. Considering this, what does it really say about his character?

  24. spartan01 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    I can believe there was some valid reason for the fumble. It moves fast in real-time and we have the benefit of watching it over and over in slow motion.

    However, fierce competitor or not, you just don’t act that way in a post game press conference when you know people are watching your actions. They are watching those actions because of the way you drew attention to yourself when winning. That was a big mistake.

  25. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    well, wth ron? to hear you talk he’s got nothing to learn and grow from.

    Dab on Cam, dab on.

  26. jrossizzle says: Feb 9, 2016 9:10 AM

    A week before the Super Bowl I posted on this site that Cam was “Thin Skinned”.

    It got 100 thumbs down

    Does anyone need anymore proof?????

    I’ll wait…..

  27. willycents says: Feb 9, 2016 9:11 AM

    @ vikingforlife says

    I think you are correct. After the beating he took all game, I suspect he had a concussion and it affected his thought processes. Also, in the third quarter, he got hit in the ribs and favored his left arm for the rest of the game. It appeared obvious to me that he gave up on the game in the third quarter. Purely self-preservation is why he did not fight for the ball.

    He has acted like a bully when winning his entire career, and a juvenile when losing. Hit a bully in the mouth and what does he do? Folds like a cheap suit. That is Cam in a nutshell.

  28. blizzard01 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:14 AM

    A lot of not great people hate to lose too. All actually.

  29. pkrlvr says: Feb 9, 2016 9:14 AM

    Can may hate to lose, but he hates jumping on fumbles more.

  30. Michelle says: Feb 9, 2016 9:16 AM

    So, a great athlete “really” hates to lose? Thanks for clearing that up, Ron! Otherwise I would have thought he didn’t care like all the other mediocre athletes. I mean, I get you have to defend him publicly but hope you have the sense to give him some coaching on how to lose gracefully behind the scenes. Or you can keep enabling him and we’ll see how he does in the future. It worked out well for bicep kissing Kaepernick, right?

  31. vetdana says: Feb 9, 2016 9:16 AM

    The HC has his players back. Great, we would expect that …to a point..
    That does not excuse Cam Newton for his totally unprofessional actions after the game.Tens of millions of people saw that, most were not happy and expected much better conduct ! Newton has a lot more growing up and taking responsibility…to do !

  32. tbone4444 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:18 AM

    He’s no Russell Wilson, on or off the field. He is not a champion, a talented athelete for sure, but he will never be a winner. You can just tell….

  33. RegisHawk says: Feb 9, 2016 9:20 AM

    So, we are to believe that he peered approximately 3 seconds into the future, saw that the ball was not only going to rebound, but in which direction, and jumped that way in order to be ready to get the ball when that happened.

    Only one flaw with this explanation…that’s not what happened…

  34. ginojohn says: Feb 9, 2016 9:22 AM

    now that the Denver defense exposed him, things wont be the same for him. RG#4 coming up in the next year!

  35. donatocha33 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:23 AM

    Ron, you look foolish….

  36. mrlaloosh says: Feb 9, 2016 9:24 AM

    Titanic Ron making excuses… Who didn’t see that coming?
    I didn’t see that iceberg!” Known as the Denver defense…

  37. annes22 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:24 AM

    He should have done a better job after on the podium. No MVP would behave like that, can you see Brady, Manning, Rogers sitting there and behaving like that. I don’t care if it was his first Super Bowl loss, so what. Get over it and grow up.

  38. dickroy says: Feb 9, 2016 9:25 AM

    His coach defends him! That’s a surprise!
    You are crying Cam. Dab your eyes.

  39. 6250claimer says: Feb 9, 2016 9:27 AM

    IF Cam were just “caught in the moment” with his bad behavior at his presser, then by now, he would have gotten over that “in the moment” emotion after the loss, and come out publicly and apologized for his behavior. Not some press release written by some slick PR agency, but a genuine public appearance with a sincere apology in his own words. Instead, we have Rivera “standing up” for him, like some affluenza kid’s father. Meanwhile, Cam is standing in front of a mirror someplace, practicing his moves for next year.

    The dude will never make it back to the big stage. MARK IT.

  40. oldandgrumpy72 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:27 AM

    Teal379, best comment. That’s all that needs to be said. Be a professional. Hopefully the team stands up for him publicly but sets him straight privately.

  41. sb44champs says: Feb 9, 2016 9:30 AM

    6 foot 209lb Brees is tougher than 6’5″ 245lb Newton and its not even close…..

  42. welcomehomelosangelesrams says: Feb 9, 2016 9:31 AM

    Rivera doesn’t want to upset his meal ticket. He’s nothing more than Cam’s flunky.

  43. spiritbearparanormal says: Feb 9, 2016 9:32 AM

    I think everyone “hates to lose”. Cam hates to look bad.

  44. animalkindness says: Feb 9, 2016 9:32 AM

    Remember during the game on the punt return the Panther player bumped into the return man AND everybody just stood there? Maybe Cam had a brain fart too. He is the ULTIMATE competitor. Has people not seen this kid run straight into linebackers for first downs? He doesn’t quit!!

    No we saw him in the glare of the SB and GlamCam failed. Now he needs to grow up and behave in a professional because this is the NFL and I believe one of the requirements is you do your job.

  45. bradygirl12 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 AM

    He was manhandled by the best defense in the NFL,just like Brady was and several other QB’s and O-lines before that. A mature leader would walk up to the podium during the post-game presser and give Denver’s defense the credit they deserve. NO team was going to solve them this year. Lesser men would do just what Newton did…sulk and walk out like a baby. Rivera just made it worse with the excuses.

  46. dryzzt23 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:37 AM

    I hate how these talking heads say “I’m not making excuses for Cam…..but” then they make an excuse for him.

    Takeo Spikes did exactly that on NFL radio and Mike Greenberg did the same on ESPN radio this morning.

    Newton had a really good year, but he showed his true colors during and after SB50.

    If this were Johnny Manziel, the media would NOT defend but would rip him to shreds. For some reason the media is reluctant to hammer Newton….I wonder what that reason could be….

  47. beastmode5150 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:41 AM

    K Ron.

  48. artvan15 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    Blah Blah Blah…we all know what we saw. Now everyone comes out with excuses why Scam sucked it up during the game and at his press conference. We all know the truth about this chump!!!!

  49. gridgod says: Feb 9, 2016 9:44 AM

    “Just rebuilding the confidence, getting that swagger back … ”

    No, coach, your team needs HUMILITY. “Swagger” got it in trouble.

  50. It Takes 2 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    This is all BS. When seeing the play live, my immediate reactions was, “wow that was a smart play by Miller”, because the way Cam started to move toward the ball and then jumped back, I assumed Miller grabbed his arm or jersey or something and pulled him back preventing him from jumping on the ball. Then they showed the replay, and it wasn’t Cam being prevented from doing anything, it was Cam taking a step toward the ball, then realizing he was going to get killed at the bottom of the pile and he literally jumped back away from the pile. I don’t think it has anything to do with being tough, I am positive Cam is as tough as they come, physically. But mentally, he had shut down in the 3rd quarter when they missed the field goal. That basically summarized the game for the Panthers. When they moved the ball and got into scoring position someone choked it away

  51. conflictedobserver says: Feb 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    “he really hates to lose”
    Naw Ron yer kidding me right?
    Had no respect for Cammie now I am losing what i did have for Rivera. Kissing your qb’s behind when he shows it to the public isnt the way to instill leadership qualities in a football team.
    smh.

  52. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 9, 2016 9:48 AM

    As an outsider looking in, I think Coach Rivera handled this very well. Didn’t criticize Cam unnecessarily, yet succeeded in delivering a very clear message in a diplomatic way. As he put it, “I think he’ll learn and grow from this situation.”

  53. musicfootballprogramming says: Feb 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    Do any of you actually watch football? It was clear he was frantically trying to locate the ball; he was probably a bit flustered and panicky, but I saw nothing that suggested he quit on the play.

    I hate sports media more than ever. After last year, I didn’t think that was possible.

  54. skimbell says: Feb 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    “Rivera said Newton was trying to locate the ball and get himself into position to recover it…”,

    Oh yeah, I forgot about that: the old “Get in position to recover the ball by jumping away from it play”.

    Right!

  55. truths4all says: Feb 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    Unlike the Seahawks, most likely the Panthers, like the Cards who got to the Super Bowl only to lose, have reached their pinnacle.

    Look for them to have that Super Bowl flu, even though they are in the weakest division in the NFL.

  56. vegasgreek says: Feb 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    a loser head coach defending his loser QB. owner jerry richardson played with johnny untias. now he is paying cam 10’s of millions to dab and act like a selfish sore loser. behind the scenes it must make jerry sick. trade cam now for a top draft pick and more and take jeff goff from U Cal. get rid of the showboat before its too late .mark my word cam newton will be the afro american jim kelly and go on to lose 4 SB’s with the panthers. the football Gods have cursed him for his hubris.

  57. webofbelief says: Feb 9, 2016 9:54 AM

    The people saying this was a “business decision” clearly know nothing about Cam Newton and obviously never watched the Panthers play this season (I suspect they also never watch football in general, except the Super Bowl).

    Please go back and check the tape and see all the times Cam took serious hits this season, including ramming his throwing shoulder into defenders while running with the ball. I never once saw him shy away from a big hit during regular season play, so why would he suddenly do it during the biggest game of his career when there was still plenty of time to win the game?

    It was a reflex reaction caused by seeing several players from different angles diving for the ball. Once he inadvertently held up, he knew he missed his one chance of making a play on the ball. Unfortunate, yes, but it had nothing to do with giving up on the team. A truly absurd assessment.

  58. mvp43 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:55 AM

    Rivera’s not doing Cam any favors by defending him like that. As a an MVP and face of that franchise, its his responsibility to face the fire and answer the questions, especially in defeat.

    He hates losing?

    That’s no excuse. His teammates stayed and addressed the media and they hated losing just as much.

    Cam needs to mature and his coach needs to tell him that.

  59. pioniere says: Feb 9, 2016 9:56 AM

    Gallons of haterade being consumed here today.

  60. sn19 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Ooooohhhh….he hates to lose….

    Ok, now it all makes sense.

  61. fredegrar says: Feb 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    “Just rebuilding the confidence, getting that swagger back that we’re going to need heading into next season,” Rivera said. “Right now we’re down, I know that, our players feel it, but we’ve got to get it back and get it back early.”

    —————————————————–

    They’re still playing in the NFC South, so those six games shouldn’t be too rough on them, but the other ten – now with their NFC Champion status – aren’t going to be the same kind of cake walk they had in 2015. It will either be a gauntlet that, if they survive, makes them stronger, or a complete train wreck that leads to “how the mighty have fallen” narratives.

  62. melikefootball says: Feb 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    Would not expect anything else from the coach…problem lies in Rivera should have coached him before he took the stage to show his true color.

  63. derekleblanc says: Feb 9, 2016 10:02 AM

    Peyton Manning hates to lose – after getting blown off the field by Seattle in the Super Bowl – he goes to the press conference and does his job.

    I was pretty drunk during the 09 super bowl but i remember peyton not even shaking hands after the game with Saints players. As for someone not wanting to answer or give 2 word answer questions after a lose like that…so what. I work as a mixed martial artist reporter and I see how devastated they are after a lose. I can only imagine what it’s like when you feel you let 52 teammates and a coaching staff down after a championship game. But most people on here never had a chance to feel or see the experience 1st hand of how they feel after a game

  64. toybkshr says: Feb 9, 2016 10:03 AM

    Regardless of where you stand on this – Cam has def shown a big chink in the armor!

  65. marty2019 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:10 AM

    I think quarterbacks are trained to avoid contact. Seriously. When the ball was on the ground, and he starts to dive for it, all those years of training kicked in and he hesitated. Brain fart. That’s all.

  66. marty2019 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    Personally, I don’t give a rat’s ass about what players have to say after a game. But the media does, and they’re the ones writing the stories, so when he blows off the media, it’s like he committed a murder or something. After all, the post-game interview is sooo important.

  67. drcap says: Feb 9, 2016 10:14 AM

    It’s about physics and physiology. A really tall guy like Cam has a ball bouncing randomly at his feet. In order to fall on it, he needs to back up. If he simply collapses in place, the ball will be somewhere else out of reach when he hits the turf.

    Defensive players practice loose-ball drills all the time. But QBs don’t practice that, and won’t have developed the muscle-memory for the best way to attack the ball. Cam’s failure was not that he took a step back when the ball was at his feet — his real mistake was that he didn’t make a running dive into the pile about 2-steps earlier.

    Can’t blame him for that — he just didn’t have the training for it.

  68. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    “Please go back and check the tape and see all the times Cam took serious hits this season, including ramming his throwing shoulder into defenders while running with the ball. I never once saw him shy away from a big hit during regular season play,….blah, blah, blah”
    ———————————

    I watch plenty of football and plenty of Panthers’ games. There’s a difference between giving a hit and taking a hit and yes while I saw Camera give plenty of hits I also saw him get up screaming, and crying and reaching for an imaginary flag on 90% of the hits he took. (just go back and watch his bellyaching during the Superbowl). he’s a crybaby.

  69. noteamforlosangeles says: Feb 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    Cam-Run Newton

  70. craigkintexas says: Feb 9, 2016 10:25 AM

    Ron, you’re enabling an immature brat!

  71. bernieknowsfootball says: Feb 9, 2016 10:26 AM

    Rivera is an enabler, he’ll never win with that bum of a QB making excuses all the time for him !!!

  72. nflpoker says: Feb 9, 2016 10:26 AM

    It has been said through the years that Newton was immature and was a sore loser. Of course, losing the Super Bowl was devastating, but some real good could have happened for Newton.

    One of the traits of your character would be in showing how you act after something goes really bad or in this case how you act after just being defeated.

    I don’t know how many people watched the game and/or the press conference. The audience for a Super Bowl is absolutely staggering, though.

    He could have shown to all of us, the whole world, that he has matured. BUT . .

    forget the fumble right now. We all saw him throw himself to the ground, crawl around, and get into a fetal position. He was acting childish. If I was a teammate, I would have stepped back and would be disgusted. A leader doesn’t act like that. Then we all saw the press conference. Pathetic.

    In other words, he had the opportunity and flat out blew it. Next SB?? When, if ever.

    Newton = Immature. Will it always be that way??

  73. helicopterpilot13 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:26 AM

    Rivera comes across as lame and being an enabler. And weak.

  74. sloppyjalopyblog says: Feb 9, 2016 10:27 AM

    There sure are a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks out there, most of whom seem unknowledgeable about football. Keep in mind, that while everyone is talking about Cam, no one is talking about Tolbert ball handling, dropped passes, receiver’s not getting open or breaking off their routes to help their qb, the o-line not opening running lanes, the coaches not using screen plays or draws to slow down the Denver D, the inability to adjust at all, and the total lack of preparedness or anything new on the offense. This performance was not typical of the team that won its way to the Superbowl and while Newton is a part of the team, the one who should be stepping up to take the blame is Rivera.

  75. robadat says: Feb 9, 2016 10:33 AM

    Football 101

    Fumbles

    Rule #1 – Recover the football.

    Rule #2 – Never wait for the ball to come to you, go get it.

    Rule #3 – Repeat Rule # 2 until Rule #1 is complete.

    As for the PC, Cam showed zero professionalism.

    “Don’t like the dancing, stop me from getting in the end zone.” Denver did that, give ’em props for playing great defense that shut you down. Accept the game as a tough lesson in facing adversity and that you will learn and be better in the future because of it.

  76. bubbahotepp says: Feb 9, 2016 10:38 AM

    No one likes to lose. It’s how you handle it that counts.

  77. babygaga19 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    And here come the excuses. It is what it is. Watch the tape. Cam saw the ball and deliberately jumped back as if it were a snake. Be a man and own it Cam!

  78. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    Sticking up for his player – I get it.

    But let’s live in reality. I can’t recall another time when a losing player behaved so childishly. Someone mentioned Brady doing something similar a few years back. Fine, but Brady doesn’t do pre-game warm ups in gold Superman shirts and gold MVP shoes and spend the majority of his time dancing after making a first down.

    You reap what you sew.

  79. bryonneufeld says: Feb 9, 2016 10:39 AM

    bubbahotepp says:
    Feb 9, 2016 10:38 AM
    No one likes to lose. It’s how you handle it that counts.

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

    Well said, you beat me to it.

  80. veteransfortruth says: Feb 9, 2016 10:41 AM

    Cam Neuton is the Justin Bieber of the NFL

  81. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 9, 2016 10:42 AM

    I made a comment on another thread – we all know Cam gave crass one word answers. What is important is what he DID say at the presser. He said (paraphrase) ‘We lost. We gave up sacks. We dropped balls. We made errant passes’.

    Notice, the first thing he does is call out teammates. True leaders would say ‘I played my worst game of the season. Give credit to that incredible Broncos defense, but I’ve got to play better – I’ve got to be more accurate on my throws, manage the clock better to get the play off and avoid costly delay of game penalties. We win as a team and we lose as a team. Congratulations to the Broncos and now we start the process of getting back here and finishing the job just like the Broncos did after losing two years ago’.

    That’s what a leader and the ‘face of the league’ would say. But he didn’t. He called out the other players on his team.

    I disliked him before the game. I like him less after.

  82. bigredgoog says: Feb 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    The 100 Million Dollar Pout. That may be what it costs Cam in lost endorsements.

    Solution. Have a press conference, own it and apologize. “I celebrate and dance with joy when I win, I should be man enough to allow my opponents the same when they best me. I will always hurt inside when I lose but pledge to not take it out on the reporters who are trying to get information to the fans that have so much invested in this sport. I was tested and failed that test but don’t expect to in the future. Congratulations Broncos, you deserve it.”

    America forgives and buys whatever he thereafter hawks.

  83. inbillwetrust2015 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:45 AM

    Super Bowl 32*
    Super Bowl 33*
    Super Bowl 50*

    first they cheat the salary cap, then they employ a QB that cheated with HGH a few years previously.

    BRONCOS SUPER BOWLS FOREVER TAINTED ***

  84. steeelfann0155 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:46 AM

    No class. Ya know, with Cam wearing all of his expensive clothes, his expensive loafers, etc., it makes you wonder, did he ever buy that girl a new laptop?
    Ya know, replace the one he stole off that girl at the University of Florida, then he painted it black? They came to his room, and he threw it out the window?
    I didn’t hear this come up during any of the Super Bowl questions, but when he acted up after the game, it brought back those old character questions. That and not diving on a loose ball with the game in question. The old leopard………..

  85. maiphatdong says: Feb 9, 2016 10:49 AM

    Chicken parm you taste so good….Cam Newtons a little bitch

  86. inbillwetrust says: Feb 9, 2016 10:49 AM

    HE WAS SO SCARED!

  87. inbillwetrust says: Feb 9, 2016 10:50 AM

    “DAMN YOU CAM NEWTON!”
    -angry grandpa

  88. bradygirl12 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:51 AM

    While I admire Newton for giving footballs away to little kids all season,what kind of message did he send ALL kids with the way he carried himself after losing the Super Bowl? He only has the “swag” when things go his way. If he can’t handle losing like an adult,then he has a lot of work to do on himself.

  89. motsuret06 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:51 AM

    Rhetoric or not from Rivera, its a long way to Tipperary and there are no guarantees the Panthers will be back in the Super Bowl anytime soon. They have talent but they also have a lot of holes to fill and a limited number of draft picks and a lot of talent will be gone when its their turn to pick. Gettleman has shown reluctance to sign high priced free agents and they do not have the picks to plug all of their holes. I hope they prove me wrong. We shall see.

  90. rootpain says: Feb 9, 2016 10:53 AM

    Coach needs Cam back in stride as soon as possible. Kinda of like Brady posting within one week of Pats losing the AFLCC that he has already started on next year’s two a days. And coach said all the right things under the circumstances. Look between the lines folks. He wasn’t talking to us or the media, he was talking to Cam. Telling him, “look son, we lost the game and yes it was THE game. But we had a great season and you were the main reason for that. There is nothing we can do to change the loss to a victory. And what happened on the field, on the sidelines and at the presser is a part of history. And it doesn’t matter what happened but I promise you we will find out why it happened and fix it. And that process starts right now. And I need you engaged and leading that effort immediately.”
    Rivera will get all the help on this that he needs. Richardson is an uncharacteristic owner in that he has not only played in the NFL but he has won a world championship before the SuperBowl was initiated. So he knows first hand the emotions involved. But he is also able to make the tough decisions. After all, he fired his two sons from the Panthers (something several of the other owners should have done). So you can be sure that Richardson will be in the middle of the Cam Newton turnaround. And Jerry can’t afford to wait around for that to happen.
    Cam is a very fortunate young man. He is very talented, he has some very good mentors and coaches and works for an excellent boss. It’s still up to Cam on how he addresses the situation. But I don’t know of any player in his shoes right now that has more support to mature and learn from this than he does. I hope for his sake, for the sake of the NFL and most especially for all the young kids that Cam influences, he makes the right decisions.

  91. dedicatedhawkfan says: Feb 9, 2016 11:00 AM

    Everybody hates to lose. Lame excuse

  92. nhpats says: Feb 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    vikingforlife says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:58 AM
    He had been beat to basically a bloody pulp. I’m not sure if he knew he would be able to get back up again if he went after that ball, or if he knew which end was up or down. Come on, everybody, you know he did not look right! Now, I am not defending his press conference. That is a whole different story. But in that game, by that time I think he was seeing “Tweety Bird”.

    —————-
    What a load…… Brady took twice the beating Cam took (literally) and kept getting back up and forging onward. Despite being outplayed and taking a pounding he put his team in position to tie the game. And he congratulated Peyton and the Broncos after the game. But most important, he never gave up on his team.

  93. robdolphins says: Feb 9, 2016 11:06 AM

    The internet makes it so easy for everyone bashing people these days to hide behind their keyboard. Most of you wonderful people bashing Cam would be fawning over him for an autograph.

  94. bunkmcnulty says: Feb 9, 2016 11:08 AM

    I have to say the question of a coach supporting a “good” not to mention “great” player, is simply silly. What else should Rivera say? He should always support his guys. This is not like a Manzel well he should be called out.

    If Rivera has criticism for the play of a star player, I give him credit for choosing not to use the media as a way to convey this. That would be chicken sh…

    When Newton and his coordinators review tape, that doesn’t lie. It just doesn’t. But laying all this on Newton in an interview would just be stupid. So yes, coaches come up with BS explanations sometimes. No news here!

  95. amplewor says: Feb 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    Even Eli! jumps on that ball. But I wondered how could he be afraid to jump into that mess to get the fumble when he runs so much. Then the answer came from an ex-player. He typically encounters ‘lightweight’ db’s so he can deal with them. But the likes of von Miller, deWare, Ward… big difference.

  96. magnoliasimms says: Feb 9, 2016 11:25 AM

    musicfootballprogramming says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    Do any of you actually watch football? It was clear he was frantically trying to locate the ball; he was probably a bit flustered and panicky, but I saw nothing that suggested he quit on the play.

    I hate sports media more than ever. After last year, I didn’t think that was possible.
    __________________________________

    I watched the whole game and I watch lots of football. Did you actually watch the play?

    Newton was running after the ball, and when Ware reached out to grab it, he stopped mid-stride and jumped back. He had already located the ball, he was looking right at it. When Ware reached for it, that’s when he stopped.

  97. jimrip says: Feb 9, 2016 12:31 PM

    Cam hates to lose..

    Yeah.. and a child hates to go to bed, or take a bath. He’ll throw himself on the ground or maybe just sit and pout with his arms folded.

    Hey, wait..

  98. madmaxx87 says: Feb 9, 2016 12:40 PM

    OK, so here we have a guy who, through his actions all season, was running around basically saying, “look at me!” On Sunday, he fails to dive on a fumble, loses the Super Bowl, and sulks, and then gets mad when everyone looks at him?

  99. mborz says: Feb 9, 2016 2:19 PM

    musicfootballprogramming says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:49 AM

    Do any of you actually watch football? It was clear he was frantically trying to locate the ball; he was probably a bit flustered and panicky, but I saw nothing that suggested he quit on the play.

    —————————

    You have got to be kidding me.

    What part of the replay supports your claim that he was frantically trying to find the ball? Is it the part where he’s looking directly at the ball as it’s on the field with nobody around it yet? Or the part where he takes multiple steps in a straight line towards the ball after noticing it, before he pulled up?

    Furthermore, Cam has now commented that he saw the ball.

    So, as it turns out, some of us do actually watch football. I wonder what you were watching that you had mistaken for football….

  100. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 9, 2016 2:26 PM

    Lot’s a professional athletes hate to lose Coach Rivera. You’re not doing Camera any good by continuing to coddle him the way his mommy and daddy have. He needs to grow up and learn that stealing laptops is not ok, bribing college officials is not ok, being an immature millionaire is not ok.

  101. tacasey says: Feb 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    There has been a lot of criticizing of how Newton handled himself on and off the field. I am very happy to see Newton acting like a sore loser because I didn’t want to see the other side of the equation. What if Carolina won? Newton would have been an arrogant individual to deal with for years to come if the Panthers had won. Exactly what needed to happen to Cam, happened. It saved all of us NFL fans a lot annoyance. Don’t criticize Cam, be grateful.

  102. 1historian says: Feb 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    Kudos to Rivera for sticking up for his QB, although he really didn’t have much of a choice – we saw what we saw. (Actually Rivera’s interpretation was pretty funny when you think about it.)

    All week Newton was saying “if you don’t want to watch me dance keep me out of the end zone”, or words to that effect.

    Mission Accomplished – Broncos

    2 weeks ago the Broncos stomped Brady – 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, at least 20 hits.

    (The day after that Belichik fired the OL coach, and now the rumor is that the original guy who quit 2 years ago – Scarnecchia – is coming back.)

    The PAT kicker – Gostkowski – missed a PAT for the first time since the civil war.

    After the game both Gostowski and Brady owned up to their mistakes and blamed themselves for the loss. That’s how MEN act – own your mistakes and move on.

    Newton needs to grow up or this will follow him for the rest of his career – man up and move on.

  103. 1historian says: Feb 9, 2016 4:00 PM

    nhpats – your 11:01.

    “Brady never gave up on his team.”

    Good point – and that’s why his team never gives up on HIM.

    Show me a sore loser and I’ll show you Cam Newton.

    Mr. Newton – it’s not what has happened, it’s what you do next.

  104. namriverrat69 says: Feb 9, 2016 4:51 PM

    Cam Newton = Vince Young 2.0

    Great arrogant front runner but when the going gets tough he pouts on the bench with a towel over his head. It’s as though if he can’t see the game going south it isn’t really happening in his fantasy world.

    When their team is on defense the great quarterbacks sit on the bench pouring over pictures of defensive alignments. Not little boy Cam. He is stalking the sideline whining or sitting on the bench towel over his head pouting like his idol Vince Young.

    He should change his Superman shirt to a bulls-eye. After having to put up with his showboating and arrogant attitude all year there will be payback at every opportunity next season and n
    o one will feel bad for this self absorbed man child who cares for nobody but himself.

  105. fanofpft says: Feb 9, 2016 6:42 PM

    How many players stand and think how their leg will contort while trying to decide if they should jump on the ball they just fumbled?

  106. brucetrimble says: Feb 9, 2016 10:53 PM

    “Lucky tank.”

  107. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:37 PM

    You know it’s going to be a long off season for coach Rivera when he has to start defending this clown the day after the season ends.

    Good luck coach, I’ve been rooting for you as a former member of the NFL’s greatest defensive team, so I know defense is in your DNA. Keep defending.

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