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Jim Fassel blames Cam’s Super Bowl performance on his gold shoes

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  A detail of the shoes worn by  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers prior to Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

Now we’ve heard everything about Cam Newton and the Super Bowl.

Jim Fassel, the former coach who took the Giants to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, had what may be the strangest assessment yet of Newton’s Super Bowl-losing performance on Sunday. According to Fassel, Newton set the stage for his disappointing game with his choice of footwear in pregame warmups.

“All of the numbers pointed to Carolina. And when I saw Cam Newton walk out in gold shoes — ‘MVP’ — I switched my mind, essentially, right then,” Fassel said on Mile High Sports 1340. “I said, ‘That’s not what a starting quarterback, MVP, leading his team — and I had a lot of respect for him during the season — that’s not what happens.’ You don’t do that. And I said, ‘This guy’s already become soft,’ and that’s what he was.”

It’s true that Newton wore gold shoes with “MVP” on them in pregame warmups, before switching to the blue shoes he and his teammates wore for the game. Why Fassel thinks those shoes had anything to do with Newton’s style of play, however, is unclear. Newton has always had a unique fashion sense, and it didn’t seem to hurt him during the regular season or the first two games of the postseason.

There are legitimate things to criticize about Newton’s Super Bowl performance, from his fourth-quarter fumble to his quick press conference departure. But criticizing his footwear is silly.

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  1. key2heat says: Feb 10, 2016 7:56 PM

    If you come out with MVP printed on your socks… You’re a true D-Bag.

  2. goodellclownshow says: Feb 10, 2016 7:56 PM

    Criticize his yellow pants, yes.. But not the shoes

  3. manderson4150 says: Feb 10, 2016 7:56 PM

    Karma

  4. Packernet says: Feb 10, 2016 7:57 PM

    I think it’s perfectly clear. No way Brady or Rodgers or Manning would flaunt MVP like that. It went to his head. MVP can just show up and win. Not in this league.

  5. thekingdp says: Feb 10, 2016 7:59 PM

    I’m having flashbacks to 1989 Nike commercials with Spike Lee yelling “It’s gotta be the shoes!”

    Jim Fassel is an idiot. Do you know who I blame for that? Jim Fassel.

  6. nolahxc says: Feb 10, 2016 8:00 PM

    I’m actually not so far off on this. During pregame they also showed a group of Panthers playing “lawn bowling.” There’s being loose, and then there’s being TOO loose. I think one team bought into their own hype a little too much.

  7. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 10, 2016 8:01 PM

    I blame the Denver defense for his performance.

  8. jbfazz1213 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:02 PM

    Karma !!! Individuals Win MVPs. Teams Win Superbowls. Cam Is a Special Talent Who Should Win Multiple MVPs and Superbowls. But so Was Dan Marino

  9. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:02 PM

    LOL…oh wow. Cam definitely did not deserve to win the SB after that move. And if he did, imagine how big his ego would be now.

  10. trainwrecksryan says: Feb 10, 2016 8:03 PM

    Aww…let the little darling play dress up if he wants.

  11. paulieorkid says: Feb 10, 2016 8:04 PM

    Fassel wasn’t blaming Newton’s performance on the gold shoes; he was blaming it on the factors, elements and reasons underlying the emphasis, focus and concern over the gold shoes.

    Phrased another way, it had nothing to do with the shoes physically affecting performance. Rather, Fassel was zeroing in on Newton’s mental make-up, and his call was spot-on.

  12. patriots123456 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:04 PM

    Newton got exactly what he deserved…

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 10, 2016 8:04 PM

    Either the gold shoes or his lead brain.

  14. dejc421 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:05 PM

    I was sticking up for Cam before the SB when he was being criticized for his celebration antics. After the gold shoes and his poor post game interview, I can’t stand the guy.

  15. a072455 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:05 PM

    Jim Fassel, 20/20 hindsight is wonderful ain’t it? Is that why you won all those SuperBowls and you are also in the NFL HOF?

  16. uglydingo says: Feb 10, 2016 8:05 PM

    Cam has scope to improve his natural modesty.

  17. TS Johnson says: Feb 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    Cam’s cleats have been flashy for weeks.

    There were the ones with his sons birth info

    There were the ones with all of his teammates names.

    But yep…let’s talk about the MVP ones.

    lol

  18. ohand16 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:06 PM

    Dude is soft as marshmallow.

    As for Fassel – nice game plan for that Super Bowl against the Ravens.

  19. yooperman says: Feb 10, 2016 8:07 PM

    Cam taunted other teams with “if you don’t like it, don’t let me score” and “too bad they don’t make band aids for feelings” .
    Next year players should do the “cam-cam” dance.
    Take two steps forward with your arms extended, pause, then pull your arms in while jump backwards.

    It is going to be easy for players to get in his head.

  20. waldogrey says: Feb 10, 2016 8:09 PM

    Eh. Denver’s defense played great, and exposed the lack of talent around. Denver put Cam in spots he hadn’t really been in all season, and Carolina did not adjust well as a team (QB, coaches, and other players).

  21. msarcher1 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:10 PM

    I knew he was gone when I saw the 900.00 pants.
    He thought Sunday was all about him instead off a football game.
    Keep getting pounded!

  22. asseenonokra says: Feb 10, 2016 8:10 PM

    It’s not the shoes per se. But the mindset that says a costume change is a good idea points to a total diva.

  23. nextyearbengals says: Feb 10, 2016 8:14 PM

    Fassal is using the shoes as a symbol of Cam mindset. For some reason it reminded me of when Troy Smith of ohio state won the heisman and then laid a huge egg in the national champion. He got that individual glory and it went to his head.

  24. PFT's Most Moderated says: Feb 10, 2016 8:15 PM

    I think Fassel’s point is that Cam perhaps was a little too arrogant for his own good. Confidence is one thing, but I believe Cam’s ego was just a little too big that night.

  25. alp01886 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:16 PM

    For whatever reason, the league MVP’s team just does not win the Super Bowl. Manning has never won in an MVP year, Brady, Rodgers, nope and nope. The last league MVP to win a Super Bowl is Kurt Warner…

  26. kd75 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:17 PM

    Just wait until Cam breaks out his platform shoes with the fish tanks in them.

    Fassel is a former Broncos QBs coach. He’s just talking smack. He was rooting for Denver all the way.

  27. stellarperformance says: Feb 10, 2016 8:18 PM

    The shoes demonstrated an unearned presumptive superiority complex (you’d think he was a Vikng fan!)

    Fassel was right. Your mojo can change on a dime, and Cam’s did.

  28. gibbskins9 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:18 PM

    Cam had a great season, he is not a great player

  29. tooz72 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:21 PM

    cam is all about style not substance, like most punks his age

  30. tim2200 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:24 PM

    It’s not the footwear, it’s the mindset that has a selfish diva QB even thinking about wearing them.
    Is there ANY doubt Fig had them designed?? Just like he works on his dance routine??
    Newton is soft and he showed just how much last Sunday.
    Embarrassing!!

  31. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:25 PM

    Unfortunately for him, Fassel knows about going into a Super Bowl overconfident. Giants came off a 41-0 butt-kicking of the Vikings in the NFCCG, and got their lunch money stolen by the Ravens defense.

  32. Ugadogs21 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:26 PM

    Clearly Fassell was pointing to Cam’s need to grab attention on a day and more importantly a time where the focus should have been on the team and just the team.

    The guy is preparing for the biggest game of his career and top of his checklist is “Wear MVP shoes to warm up”..Good thing he won it and didn’t have to keep them under wraps. He would have really played like crap.

  33. kevo95 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:28 PM

    Average QB that’s all he is

  34. avr29 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:29 PM

    Didn’t he also write his stats on them? “Look at me, look at how good I am”.

  35. curmudgeon13 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:34 PM

    If only Cam had rocked a matching solid gold grill………

  36. randomguy9999 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:36 PM

    Cam is a fake… he got lucky a number of times this year with his team barely staying alive due to the D after going mental prevent in the second half… they were a few plays from going 5 or 6 losses because of the ‘Cam attitude’

    he will be known for his arrogance and immaturity forever, esp no in light of his refusal to take responsibility post SB

    and Manning will go down as the epitome of a franchise QB and one of the best football minds ever to play the game

    SB50 went down like it should have

  37. coltssteve says: Feb 10, 2016 8:40 PM

    I have nothing against Cam’s post-game performance, but Jim Fassel is spot on. The gold shoes and MVP label goes into the Gary Kubiak / Houston Texans file where they wore letterman jackets in Foxboro, got throttled and then stunk the rest of the season. While criticizing footwear seems silly, when one makes such a bold statement on the sports biggest stage people should pay attention to it. I don’t play QB often, but when I do, I make sure not to wear flashy accessories that yell to the heavens I am the best in warm ups!

  38. daveon1y says: Feb 10, 2016 8:42 PM

    Been avoiding making comments all week, but this is BEYOND stupid. This was super bowl 50, the golden anniversary. Gold was a theme the ENTIRE event. This was Cam’s tribute to that.

    The last week of the season Cam wore warmup cleats with the name if every single team mate on the roster written on his cleats, but y’all are gonna ignore that, right? pathetic.

  39. quickdraw85 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:44 PM

    MVP should stand for MOST VAIN PLAYER this year. You got too full of yourself too fast kid.

  40. melikefootball says: Feb 10, 2016 8:50 PM

    No way this cost the Panthers the game but you do ponder did Cam preordain himself to have these shoes made and ready for SB????

  41. charger383 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:56 PM

    Cam’s one and only trip to Super Bowl

  42. kirburnicus says: Feb 10, 2016 8:56 PM

    I knew he was soft from the velvet slippers he always wears to post game pressers.

  43. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 10, 2016 8:59 PM

    He’s been this way for years. Winning cures all as they say. Had he won, we wouldn’t be bashing him.

  44. jim699 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:01 PM

    After all of this can you guys imagine Cam scoring a td in week 2 next season and then proceeding to dance like a fool?

    I can’t even imagine it. It would require a complete lack of self-awareness.

    Every time I see Cam dance in the end-zone from now on, I’m going to remember the last 5 minutes of this superbowl, including Denver’s realization that they would rather put the ball in Cam Newton’s hands than let Peyton Manning try to throw another pass.

    I feel like every other football fan in the country will feel the same way. Can anybody still watch Cam dance during meaningless regular season games without thinking about his Super Bowl failure?

  45. tonebones says: Feb 10, 2016 9:02 PM

    No it’s not silly at all to criticize his footwear. Fassel is just pointing out how he saw an indication prior to the game that Cam went soft, and his performance proved Fassel right. I think it’s interesting. It’s part of scouting. You’re judging a guy’s character. I look at the guys with long hair. That’s an indication that they lack leadership skills. There are all kinds of things. It sounds like Fassel would make a good scout. He was right on this one.

  46. levanderwilliams says: Feb 10, 2016 9:05 PM

    Fassel is a stooge.

  47. jingham2 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:05 PM

    Let’s be clear, Denver’s defensive performance caused Cam to play poorly.

    However, I’m not sure how it’s “unclear” that wearing MVP cleats isn’t a selfish move. The dude had no Panther’s gear on in warm ups… that’s a bad look.

  48. davefromtheburgh says: Feb 10, 2016 9:05 PM

    If a quarterback is caught up in his own branding before the game, it seems reasonable that his mind wasn’t completely on the game. There comes a point when fashion choices combined with acting like Superman combined with dancing combined with talking add up to a player whose mind isn’t exclusively on winning.

  49. badmoonrison says: Feb 10, 2016 9:06 PM

    I love the SB clip of Cam rolling around on the ground like a petulant 5 year old when things didnt go his way. That sums him up in a nutshell. In 25 years of watching football I dont think Ive ever seen a QB do that before, let alone in a SB. Im surprised he didnt threaten to hold his breath.

  50. iamthorny says: Feb 10, 2016 9:06 PM

    As a Packers fan, I recall all too well the sting of believing the Broncos an unworthy foe.

    History repeated itself this time in Carolina.

  51. tonebones says: Feb 10, 2016 9:09 PM

    jim699 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 9:01 PM

    After all of this can you guys imagine Cam scoring a td in week 2 next season and then proceeding to dance like a fool?

    I can’t even imagine it. It would require a complete lack of self-awareness.

    Every time I see Cam dance in the end-zone from now on, I’m going to remember the last 5 minutes of this superbowl, including Denver’s realization that they would rather put the ball in Cam Newton’s hands than let Peyton Manning try to throw another pass.

    I feel like every other football fan in the country will feel the same way. Can anybody still watch Cam dance during meaningless regular season games without thinking about his Super Bowl failure?
    ————————
    You are so right. I was going crazy wondering why Kubiak was being so conservative with his play calling. They must have known Cam had thrown the towel in already.

  52. ggreen657 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:13 PM

    You don’t usually see a player exposed in one game — especially a Super Bowl. But that’s what happened to Cam Newton. Compare him with Tom Brady’s 1st Super Bowl. Newton will have a fine career, but he’s never going to be an all time great.

  53. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 10, 2016 9:15 PM

    Waiting on some NFL brainiac to say that someone stole the rum from his locker that was meant for Jobu.

  54. itsthecameenewtonshowcom says: Feb 10, 2016 9:17 PM

    Mee, Mee, Mee! Please watch my show!! I’m SOO PRETTY!!! I’M the most famous man in the World!

  55. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 10, 2016 9:20 PM

    Wow what a narcissistic tool.

  56. glaedrfly says: Feb 10, 2016 9:24 PM

    Maybe, he should borrow Chad Ochocinco Johnson’s HOF robe, too.

  57. bartpkelly says: Feb 10, 2016 9:25 PM

    People get criticized for everything around the Super Bowl, even their religion, wive and girlfriend. What they say, don’t say, eat, watch on tv or vote for.

    It is just stuff to fill web pages.

  58. gcberger says: Feb 10, 2016 9:26 PM

    “All Look And Believe – – I’m the MVP of This Super Bowl!!”

    Yeah, what an inflated ego.

  59. sylvester000001 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:29 PM

    It’s not silly.

    It shows where a guy’s mind is at.

    You need to be focused and intense; not have your mind in a place looking for attention of all idiotic things. You can in fact tell from stuff like that what’s gonna happen and who a guy really is; despite the media protection and cover up of wrong behavior that media seems addicted to.

    Sorry people, Fassel is right on.

  60. laxcoach37 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:29 PM

    C’mon guys… Cam is a very good player with extremely immature behavior. I won’t argue his Stats, easy schedule, really bad SB effort, stupid Post Game performance or even Fassel. The bottom line is when you “Live by the sword; you die by the sword”. He can dish out the “showboating”, so he has to be open to taking the criticism that follows when you don’t live up to expectations you placed on yourself!

    As for his “accepting a loss is for losers” comments. He just made my you are not a role model list. I have played and coached football at all levels from Pop-Warner to D1 College and this is still a game with sportsmanship. You do not have to like losing, but you accept it, learn from the shortcomings and act like an adult. Case Closed.

  61. mperial76 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:30 PM

    I really wished the Panthers had won that game. If for nothing else, just to irritate all the people who hate Cam Newton. The HATRED for Newton is oozing. This guy lead a team to the Super Bowl that no one thought would go .500. He had fun and did it in style. That is why the whole world is Dabbing, whether they do it for fun, or out of sarcasm. He literally gave fans the shoes off his feet, and was fined repeatedly for giving balls to fans in the crowd. But all some people can see is his shoes, or pants, or the fact that he was upset about losing the biggest game of his career, and having to give an interview just feet away from the winning players giving their interviews.

    Cam won’t win next year because my Steelers are going to win. But he will win one day and it will be a glorious day. If for no other reason, just to irritate all the people who hate Cam Newton.

    America doing what America does.

  62. MichaelEdits says: Feb 10, 2016 9:38 PM

    Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear
    Beads and Roman sandals won’t be seen
    Football’s still the roughest thing on campus
    And the kids here still respect the college dean

  63. riderspantherssk says: Feb 10, 2016 9:38 PM

    The comments on these Cam articles the last few days have been somewhat entertaining at times but also terrifying when you see how many people are so lowly that they have to take to the Internet to say nasty things about someone more successful than they will ever be…

  64. billymutt says: Feb 10, 2016 9:42 PM

    Not silly at all, Fassel makes a good point. The mindset that compels Newton to show off in this way seems to be a fundamental part of his character, and that directly translates into his demeanor as a football player.

    And not in a good way. I’ve seen enough of Newton to not like him one bit.

  65. Angry Orange Man says: Feb 10, 2016 9:52 PM

    I admit that I’ve got a soft spot in my pants for Jim Fassell. That being said, these comments sound idiotic if you don’t recall who Jim Fassell was. He was a ‘by the gut’ guy. It sounds to me like he was thinking, if Cam is so caught up in this ‘me stuff’ that his head isn’t in the right place for this stage. That actually makes sense. I wouldn’t be betting any money on it but it’s a gut feeling with a little base in logic.

  66. themboys5150 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:55 PM

    Those shoes are Silly.. Guess the Panthers are still waiting for Him to Click His Heels???

  67. JSpicoli says: Feb 10, 2016 9:59 PM

    Who knew? Of course, it had to be the shoes.

  68. 6superbowls says: Feb 10, 2016 10:13 PM

    Maybe Fassel needs a CTE test?

  69. TS Johnson says: Feb 10, 2016 10:13 PM

    Can anybody still watch Cam dance during meaningless regular season games without thinking about his Super Bowl failure?

    ———–

    lol

    Talk about a HOT Take

  70. jdahigh says: Feb 10, 2016 10:21 PM

    He coulda not worn the socks and he still woulda bin soft

  71. justintuckrule says: Feb 10, 2016 10:22 PM

    Fassel just pointed out where that toad’s head was at. He’s right.

    As for the Giants Ravens SB, two things.

    1) it’s our only loss in the NFCCG or the SB in our history. 9-1. Think about that for a second.

    2). Yeah. We got crushed. However, the game turned early when we had a pick-6 nullified by a ghost defensive holding call against an OL. Not only didn’t it happen, when has anyone seen that called. Came at a time where we tied the game and took momentum. It fell apart after that. Fassel was a nice little coach. Sure better than half the trash out there today. Tomsula? Cmon now.

  72. kitmandew says: Feb 10, 2016 10:24 PM

    Get over it, he’s still better than your qb! Man, the clowns just keep piling on…. SMH

  73. rcali says: Feb 10, 2016 10:27 PM

    Wow, that was d-baggy. Let me take a guess what his license plate was changed to.

  74. elvos123 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:31 PM

    Stats always said cam is an average qb for his entire career it’s called reversion to the mean. Most are never as good or as bad as they may look one season Average their stats over years With cam you have an average qb no superman just average average qb check it out ignore the hype.

  75. bigdaddystyle says: Feb 10, 2016 10:32 PM

    I get that he has his own style, but Cam just didn’t seem to understand that he was about to play the hardest, most important game of his career.

    Save that gold/glam look for the parade.

  76. allseeingone says: Feb 10, 2016 10:35 PM

    You can tell a lot about a person from the shoes they wear. A woman wearing who wears high heals everywhere is high maintenance. A man wearing sandals without socks in the winter is a lazy hippie. A football player who wears gold shoes with MVP just to warm up is a soft coward.

  77. mattcro0172 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:43 PM

    The criticism is correct. He told the whole word where his head was. On an individual award.

  78. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Feb 10, 2016 10:53 PM

    A guy who’s team was destroyed in a Super bowl shouldn’t be talking, right or not. Fassel, OC Sean Payton and DC John Fox were destroyed by that Raven Defense. At least Sean Peyton ended up winning one with the Saints, to his credit.

  79. purpleguy says: Feb 10, 2016 11:45 PM

    Football, the ultimate team game, is not played as effectively if a player on that team places himself above the team, including by, say, showing off during pre-game with gold MVP spikes.

  80. stonedwhitetrash says: Feb 11, 2016 12:02 AM

    Dab, Dab, Dab

  81. ronbno24 says: Feb 11, 2016 12:14 AM

    The fact that Fassel rather point to shoes for Cam’s performance instead of the lack of WR talent (7drops: 1for a TD and 1 that led to fumble TD) bad protection (7sacks), totally outcoached on offense had 2 weeks to prepare but no new plays??? Explains why he hasn’t had a head coaching job since Turbo Graphic 16!!! Cam could have handled himself better in the press conf no doubt but this is just piling on… Anyone who knows anything about football know that this was a total team collapse at least offensively… Oh and Rivera got outcoached!!

  82. truthinesshurts says: Feb 11, 2016 12:15 AM

    If I’m his teammate in the locker room and see him lacing those MVP shoes up, I’m thinking to myself “What the….I thought we were all about TEAM ? This guy is ME ME ME with the MVP.” I think I’d feel betrayed. Maybe several guys in the locker room reacted that way, and it spread through the team like a “downer” virus and they came out flat and got worse in the game when they saw Cam was off his game and their fears were realized that he wasn’t pulling his weight like he shoukd.

    He’s supposed to LEAD the TEAM by selfless example, putting others first…and he did the exact opposite.

    P.S. I don’t like or dislike him, but when he dove into the defenders in the end zone in the NFC CG instead of running uncontested to the pylon in garbage time, I had a hint that he was putting glamour and highlight reel footage ahead of the team. He could have injured himself on the flip, and been knocked out of the Super Bowl, all for making an easy play look spectacular.

  83. truthinesshurts says: Feb 11, 2016 12:19 AM

    And I’m glad we didn’t have to watch the incessant slow motion footage of him running around with his head back screaming…like we did in the playoff games. Enough with the joyous screaming slomo, TV producer man !!!

  84. hrmlss says: Feb 11, 2016 12:22 AM

    Cam is a narcissistic loser.

  85. udub says: Feb 11, 2016 12:29 AM

    He’s not blaming the shoes, he is blaming what they represent. By the way he’s right. The unabashed ego to have special MVP shoes (which were of course on sale by Under Armour for $500) on full display before the Super Bowl…not what you want

  86. zeke2517 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:02 AM

    “There are legitimate things to criticize about Newton’s Super Bowl performance, from his fourth-quarter fumble to his quick press conference departure. But criticizing his footwear is silly.”

    No, you’re wrong. Wearing gold MVP shoes at any point is incredibly douchey and suggests a lot about what kind of guy he is. He may be fast, and he may throw a prolate spheroid through the air with precision (sometimes), but he might not have what it takes to be a champion. He may just be lucky that his parent’s had some good genes.

  87. theheyseed says: Feb 11, 2016 1:37 AM

    Cam let me down. I’m a Redskins fan but had been defending him when everyone was tearing him down for having fun. I even understand the fumble thing, it looked like he was close but in an awkward position to dive on the ball. I don’t know exactly as I was 3000 miles away. But his BS post game presser was just that, total BS from the hoodie to his poor me answers. It will take a lot of him winning games for people to forget that. Man Up Man!

  88. genericcommenter says: Feb 11, 2016 1:40 AM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 10, 2016 9:02 PM
    I look at the guys with long hair. That’s an indication that they lack leadership skills.

    ————————————————

    Interesting that a lot of NFL players considered strong leaders have long hair.

    The thing I wonder about Fassel is that after leaving the Giants he was a pretty young guy and ended up in the UFL for about 3 years longer than anyone knew the UFL existed. In between his stint with the Ravens and the UFL and after, it looks like he’s had a couple 3+ year stints of not having a job. Wonder why it seems there’s been no interest, especially since it seems hard to flunk out of NFL coaching.

  89. varangia says: Feb 11, 2016 1:55 AM

    The suggestion is that his head isn’t in the game. It’s on being cool and sporty.

  90. pittsburghdamned says: Feb 11, 2016 2:24 AM

    Agree that Fassel is a knob, but also agree that those gold shoes are something a 13 yr old might think is cool.

    “Look at me! Look at me!”

  91. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 11, 2016 2:38 AM

    man I’m so happy those showboats lost.
    The last two super bowls have been really satisfying.
    First Seattle now Carolina?
    Wonderful times.

  92. laffers says: Feb 11, 2016 2:42 AM

    Jim Fassels’ an IDIOT!

  93. denverdude7 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:54 AM

    Cam seemed more concerned about promoting his “brand” than winning the game. This was evident from the time the Panthers plane landed in California with Cam wearing those hideously ugly yellow pants.

    All the dabbing, dancing & Superman posing he did all season also proves this.

    Once he realized the game wasn’t going to follow the same script as the regular season he became increasingly frustrated not only about losing the game but also about losing endorsement money.

  94. nonchalant25 says: Feb 11, 2016 4:41 AM

    It’s kinda true. If your mind is on being a wonder oh superstar when your needed the most. Dropping on the ground and thrashing like a baby with three minutes left is probably how it’s going to play out. But there’s always yogurt.

  95. roninscribe says: Feb 11, 2016 5:02 AM

    So when Peyton stalks off the field without a handshake or a word of congratulations after losing to Drew Brees and the Saints, it’s chalked up to being a “fierce competitor,” but when Cam bails on a post-game press conference, he’s “sulking.”

    The NFL and its media sycophants are all about the predetermined narrative, double-standards be damned.

  96. roninscribe says: Feb 11, 2016 5:18 AM

    tonebones says:
    Feb 10, 2016 9:02 PM

    I look at the guys with long hair. That’s an indication that they lack leadership skills.

    —————–
    Yeah. Guys like Troy Polamalu, Larry Fitzgerald, Clay Matthews, Richard Sherman, Pat Tillman—terrible leaders.

  97. johnniemayes says: Feb 11, 2016 5:25 AM

    I heard from somebody who went to the game, Newton jogged by the Broncos players with those shoes on during warmup. No doubt it added to his beating.

  98. lowriderfxr says: Feb 11, 2016 5:29 AM

    This game was more about feats than feet. Miller, Ware , and company brought their A game. Their performance was so great that it made us all practically forget what pedestrian numbers Peyton Manning had. If the Broncos had lost , his stats would be all everyone would be talking about. Now, we hardly even noticed. I was a bit surprised about how gracious and humble Miller was when he won the MVP.

  99. js4strings says: Feb 11, 2016 6:48 AM

    I actually thought along the same lines. I had the Panthers winning this, but when he was out there with the Superman t-shirt and the gold MVP cleats, I figured the Bronoco’s chances improved, as Cam is all about here look at me, instead of just going out and playing the game.

  100. mm556 says: Feb 11, 2016 6:49 AM

    He’s making a point that Cam let it go to his head, not that the cleats physically made him play worse. Not hard to understand.

  101. Mo Pro Babble says: Feb 11, 2016 7:01 AM

    jim699 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 9:01 PM
    After all of this can you guys imagine Cam scoring a td in week 2 next season and then proceeding to dance like a fool?

    I can’t even imagine it. It would require a complete lack of self-awareness.

    Every time I see Cam dance in the end-zone from now on, I’m going to remember the last 5 minutes of this superbowl, including Denver’s realization that they would rather put the ball in Cam Newton’s hands than let Peyton Manning try to throw another pass.

    I feel like every other football fan in the country will feel the same way. Can anybody still watch Cam dance during meaningless regular season games without thinking about his Super Bowl failure?


    I’m sure Cam will dance away without regard this result.

    Hopefully I’m wrong and this is a “teachable moment” for cam. He can teach himself a little humility. He’s not a bad man, just a self-centered immature one.

    One the other hand, perhaps Cam’s post game impersonation of a 12 year old girl in the principals office may have been a result of Cam being forced into a situation that he knew was fixed but can’t talk due to the “code”. Maybe that explains BB’s awkward, tongue clicking, no information pressers. He was the victim of the league’s proctoscopy during the farce known as “Spygate” I mean seriously, Hateroids have been screaming the league is fixing games for Brady despite him losing 2 Super Bowls and being suspended 4 games for the most ridiculous reason in the history of the NFL. Despite Gronk getting flagged for OPI for stepping onto the field.

    Naaahhh, probably not. There’s just a lot of funny stuff that goes on and defies explanation.

  102. heykyleinsf says: Feb 11, 2016 7:14 AM

    You’re not in Kansas any more Dorothy. This is an obscene display of entitlement. Cam Newton treated the game as a ceremony instead of a contest. I’m all about fun, confidence, pageantry… but not disrespect. He did not respect the Broncos. I have no sympathy for that guy.

  103. mx429 says: Feb 11, 2016 7:30 AM

    He proves that everything his detractors have been saying about him is correct, simply a low character spoiled punk-child.

  104. heykyleinsf says: Feb 11, 2016 7:33 AM

    maybe if he clicks those shoes three times..
    he will wake up from his self-worshipping delirium dream.

  105. contract says: Feb 11, 2016 7:53 AM

    There’s a difference between having a “unique fashion sense”, and letting success go to your head.

  106. nhpats says: Feb 11, 2016 7:55 AM

    jim699 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 9:01 PM
    After all of this can you guys imagine Cam scoring a td in week 2 next season and then proceeding to dance like a fool?

    I can’t even imagine it. It would require a complete lack of self-awareness.

    Every time I see Cam dance in the end-zone from now on, I’m going to remember the last 5 minutes of this superbowl, including Denver’s realization that they would rather put the ball in Cam Newton’s hands than let Peyton Manning try to throw another pass.

    I feel like every other football fan in the country will feel the same way. Can anybody still watch Cam dance during meaningless regular season games without thinking about his Super Bowl failure?
    ———–
    Agreed, from now on when fans see Cam celebrating they will remember him running away from the fumble like it was about to explode at the biggest point of the biggest game of his career.

  107. contract says: Feb 11, 2016 7:57 AM

    “After all of this can you guys imagine Cam scoring a td in week 2 next season and then proceeding to dance like a fool?”

    jim699: Not only can I imagine it, but we’ll all see it come week 2 next season. Guaranteed. He isn’t just immature, he’s unrepentantly immature. Militantly immature.

  108. contract says: Feb 11, 2016 8:04 AM

    btw who did Jim Fassel kill? How do you maintain a winning record with Danny Kanell, Kent Graham, and Kerry Colloins as your QBs, take one of those teams to the Super Bowl, and not get another shot to be a head coach?

  109. artvan15 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:06 AM

    Everything Scam was doing leading up to the Super Bowl was spelling trouble for him. Thought he was hot stuff and he turned out to be a immature dirt bag. I don’t look for Scam to be in another Super Bowl for a long time if ever.

  110. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 11, 2016 8:17 AM

    In case you were wondering why Jim Fassel never got another job.

  111. donatocha33 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:43 AM

    “There are legitimate things to criticize about Newton’s Super Bowl performance, from his fourth-quarter fumble to his quick press conference departure. But criticizing his footwear is silly.”

    Wearing them at all is “silly”

  112. randy2054 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:49 AM

    okay. I wonder what color shoes Jim fassil was wearing when he was playing for the Hawaiian franchise in the world football league back in 1975? If I remember correctly one game was the total of his professional football career as a quarterback and was he the coach of the Giants when they were blown off the field by the ravens? Wonder what the color of Nike he was wearing that day? :-)! We know it’s all about fashion

  113. steeelfann0155 says: Feb 11, 2016 8:50 AM

    Would Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Wilson put MVP on their warmup shoes before the Super Bowl if they just won the MVP?

    Answer is NO.

    Why: Because they are LEADERS. They don’t want to draw more attention to themselves. It is always about the team.

    When you have someone constantly worried about their looks, their attention, the limelight, you miss the details. It is NOT the gold shoes, it is the “MVP”. Don’t let the media fool you.

    Not only did Newton lack leadership, he lacked the skill-set (ya know, that scares everyone). The Broncos admitted they stopped the run and dared Newton to beat them throwing. They already knew he was not capable before the game started. Not only did Newton get shut out by Seattle for the last 2 quarters, he got shut down by Denver for 4 more. Take that easy schedule and have a cup of coffee with it.

  114. rootpain says: Feb 11, 2016 9:01 AM

    rootpain says:Feb 10, 2016 10:15 PM

    I actually hadn’t seen or heard of that little fashion statement on his part. Kind of sucks a lot of what little compassion there is left in me for the guy. The thought just went through my mind that based on that level of arrogance, he obviously had a separate pair made that said SuperBowl 50 and SB 50 MVP winner made as well and he would have gone on stage with those on. They are obviously destroyed by now, probably in the same dumpster that Aaron Hernandez’ wife dumped the murder weapon.
    My sympathy goes out to Jerry Richardson. Cam has got to seem so foreign to him. It’s Jerry’s team and there’s not much he will be able to do to make a correction. What a shame.

    I’m afraid the NFL is going to have to develop a program for Millennial Affluenza & Arrogance Syndrome that has broken out over the last couple of years. It’s obviously very contagious.

  115. shutyourmuncher says: Feb 11, 2016 9:02 AM

    I blame Olsen for using Cam’s lucky tank.

  116. rootpain says: Feb 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    I think Cam will only come to his senses when one of the kids he gives a football to next year throws it back at him.

  117. RegisHawk says: Feb 11, 2016 9:25 AM

    The rest of the world is dabbing on Cam. If he doesn’t like it, he should have won the game and shut them up. It’s that simple.

  118. Robert Allen Mahaney says: Feb 11, 2016 9:31 AM

    I’m afraid the NFL is going to have to develop a program for Millennial Affluenza & Arrogance Syndrome that has broken out over the last couple of years. It’s obviously very contagious.

    ________________

    Too many young players are like this. Von Miller was able to learn from a role-model he respected (Ware), but I don’t think Cam has it in him. He is not the MVP, he is the NFL’s Special Snowflake.

  119. bocadiver1 says: Feb 11, 2016 9:37 AM

    Fassel should take a cab ride with Swann to have his (their) brains scanned. Lots of Newton bashing that would not be happening if the Panthers had won.

  120. stealthjunk says: Feb 11, 2016 9:47 AM

    Sure, I thought it was embarrassing that he came out with those shoes on, but to say that it’s the reason he lost is absurd. He lost because the Denver defense was too good on Sunday night.

  121. fanofpft says: Feb 11, 2016 10:16 AM

    When the shows left. The magic fairy dust went with them.

  122. bernieknowsfootball says: Feb 11, 2016 10:23 AM

    Amen to that !!!

  123. whatjusthapped says: Feb 11, 2016 10:27 AM

    The point of all this has sailed right over the heads of most of the posters to this article. Fassel isn’t suggesting a cause and effect relationship between wearing gold MVP shoes and losing the game, he is pointing to the fact that Cam’s thinking was he truly is Superman.

    The other factor barely noticed by the media was the camera’s close up of Cam’s face prior to the first offensive snap of the Superbowl. Cam closed his eyes and was processing some deep thought that last a good two seconds before he opened his eyes and starting calling out the signals. Only Cam knows what he was thinking but we all found out later on, it wasn’t about doing the things he needed to do to win the game, like jump on a fumble in a one score game with less than 4 minutes left.

  124. In Teddy We Trust says: Feb 11, 2016 10:30 AM

    He wasn’t blaming the shoes. He was blaming the attitude that was indicated by the shoes.

  125. awdlmd says: Feb 11, 2016 10:32 AM

    Fassel just wants Cam to get off his lawn.

  126. petev999 says: Feb 11, 2016 10:50 AM

    I can’t recall a player having a worse two weeks for the Super Bowl. From playing the race card early, all the way through the post game. A textbook disaster, and he bought it on himself. The shoes are just a small part, but a part just the same.

  127. snowlock2013 says: Feb 11, 2016 11:12 AM

    Why do you guys in the media keep apologizing for Cam Newton? What do his shoes have to do with it? What does is post game conference have to do with it? What does his dance have to do with it? What does his non-dive on the fumble have to do with it?

    It has everything to do with it! It paints a picture of a player who puts himself first, not his team. You can’t lead like that. He leads like a wide receiver, not a QB. And don’t say it’s about race either. No one says these things about Russel Wilson.

  128. jaturso says: Feb 11, 2016 12:26 PM

    *face palm*

  129. jjsooner says: Feb 11, 2016 1:00 PM

    I have no issue with flair OFF the field. Once you step on the field, it has no place and its a distraction.

    Bottom line is he had not faced a defense like Denver. Denver knew he was a thrower at this point in his career. They loaded the box and forced him to pass under pressure. He couldn’t do it.

    I got a sense in his interview with James Brown, before the game, that he was beyond confident. He was arrogant and was placing himself among the NFL’s great QB’s in history.
    I was like, what are you talking about? This is your FIRST SB!! Maybe just too immature and not a polished NFL QB at this point.

  130. lapantherfan86 says: Feb 11, 2016 1:09 PM

    whatjusthapped said:

    The other factor barely noticed by the media was the camera’s close up of Cam’s face prior to the first offensive snap of the Superbowl. Cam closed his eyes and was processing some deep thought that last a good two seconds before he opened his eyes and starting calling out the signals.
    ———-

    Cam does that routine before the first snap of literally every single game he plays. Do you watch football? Or do you treat this site as an open forum for your ignorant and uneducated opinions, as many others do?

  131. sn19 says: Feb 11, 2016 2:07 PM

    After last season’s INT to end the Super Bowl, my only thought going into this SB was “gee, I hope somebody does something stupid that we have something to make fund of for the next six months…”

    Thank you Cam. You did not let me down.

  132. sb44champs says: Feb 12, 2016 10:11 AM

    Those MVP cleats are Saints’ gold anyway lol

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