Archie Manning: “I’m not going to blast” Cam Newton for walk-off

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Archie Manning knows something about Super Bowl-losing quarterbacks bailing early.

So maybe that’s why he’s not joining the chorus criticizing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for leaving his press conference abruptly Sunday night.

Via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the elder Manning compared it to when his son left the field after Super Bowl XLIV without shaking hands.

It’s really hard, really, really hard,” Manning said. “I like Cam. I’m not going to blast Cam. As a parent you say, ‘I wish he’d have handled it a little different.’ But it hurts.”

When Peyton lost to the Saints in 2010, he left the field without congratulating anyone else. But Archie said Peyton texted Sean Payton and Drew Brees from the locker room that night.

But nothing matched the furor Newton triggered by huffing off the podium after losing to the Broncos.

“He did catch flak about it,” Archie said of his son. “I don’t think until that game I ever had enough sympathy for the losing team in a Super Bowl. You’re really probably the second-best team out of 32 that year, but you come away from that game and feel like you’re 32nd instead of second. I can remember that. I remember how hurt [Peyton] was. . . .

“It’s a hard time, winning the Super Bowl or losing the Super Bowl. Cam, he’ll learn from it.”

Peyton did, and has handled losses gracefully since then. And while Newton said in the aftermath he wouldn’t necessarily change things, it’s hard to imagine the natural process of time won’t lead him a different way.

39 responses to “Archie Manning: “I’m not going to blast” Cam Newton for walk-off

  1. Cam refuses to answer questions after the Super Bowl = everyone goes nuts.

    Flint officials refuse to answer questions about the water = no biggie.

  2. I just hope that somebody is prepping Tony Romo to act professionally after the Cowboys get hammered by the Steelers in next years Super Bowl.

  3. I really don’t have a problem at all with the losing team’s players just exiting the field. I have never understood why there is this outrage about it. When the game is over, the confetti flies, and they rope off the field and the winning team is inside the ropes and the losing team is outside the ropes. There are 100s of media and photographers and all of that on the field, far more than a typical game. If a player wants to make the effort to trek through that chaos to offer congratulations, then by all means go ahead and do that. But just walking off is fine too.

    People always point to Belichick walking off after the loss to the Giants in 2008 (07 season), as if that was somehow lacking class and disrespectful. Please. Belichick and Coughlin are no strangers to each other. I’m certain Belichick gave Coughlin his congrats at a later date, stepping back to give the opponent all the attention.

    Funny how the Belichick bashers don’t have the same outrage for Peyton after the Saints game. As mentioned, there shouldn’t be outrage, but haters gonna hate, right?

  4. I see it all the time. They are out there having a great time dancing around when things go perfectly, but as soon as they fail, they cry like a baby.

    But then they get a hug from mom and you buy them some ice cream and everything is better. Once they grow up they usually mature. Cam just hasnt gotten to that level yet though. Im sure his parents are somewhat to blame. I bet he called his mom afterwards.

  5. As a parent, you hate to see your kid go through that……UNLESS HE’S A GROWN MAAANN!!!

    Then you give him a kick in the rear and say man-up, son. show some GD class.
    I didn’t raise no slouch

  6. Cam refuses to answer questions after the Super Bowl = everyone goes nuts.

    Flint officials refuse to answer questions about the water = no biggie.

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    Apples to apples. Nobody is saying that Cam was going to solve all the world problems by giving a press conference…

  7. Cam just needs the kind of defenses where you can win your first SB by throwing 3 td’s against 7 interceptions during the first playoff run and then just letting his defense get turnovers and just handing the ball off to win your second. Yes, cam can learn a lot fro peyton

  8. Leave Cam alone. Players of the losing team shouldn’t be required to talk to the media following the game. In fact, players shouldn’t be required to talk to the media, period.

  9. 87hollywoodhorn says:Feb 11, 2016 3:32 PM

    If u know Archie Manning was actually a kinda nice qb, who woulda been an hof’r on ne other team…smash dat like button
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    Yep, you take Archie and put him on the Steelers and take Bradshaw and put him on the Saints, Archie is in. In fact, Archie was a better QB than Bradshaw, he was just on a crappy team his whole career.

  10. tajuara says:

    Apples to apples. Nobody is saying that Cam was going to solve all the world problems by giving a press conference…

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    I think you meant “apples to oranges”.

    And that still doesn’t rationalize the disparity.

  11. People talk about Archie Manning like he is royalty. He was the 2nd overall pick in the draft & had 125 touchdowns & 171 interceptions with a 67.1 QBR. That is nothing to brag about !!!!

  12. 1) Nothing wrong with loving your mom. I’m a grown man, and when something bad happens in my life I call my mother because I love her.

    2) Ice cream is delicious.

  13. Cam’s sin is worse because he stood up a bunch of Pulitzer Prize winners who want to see blood from Cam. Peyton’s sin was to the other teams players who do not matter at all. Sportsmanship is meaningless compare to talking to theMedia.

  14. Peyton Manning not shaking hands after losing to the Saints was inexcusable. He grew up in New Orleans, his dad played for the Saints, the Saints even used to let Peyton practice with them when he was still in high school. If a player was to ever pick one team to beat him in the Super Bowl, it would be your hometown team that drafted your dad and took you under their wing…no excuse sorry.

  15. dansardo says:
    Feb 11, 2016 3:49 PM
    Cam just needs the kind of defenses where you can win your first SB by throwing 3 td’s against 7 interceptions during the first playoff run and then just letting his defense get turnovers and just handing the ball off to win your second. Yes, cam can learn a lot fro peyton

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    I’m not sure what game you watched, but Cam’s defense did an excellent job in the Super Bowl and throughout the playoffs. The difference is that Cam turned the ball over 3 times in the Super Bowl and cost his team the game given that two of those led to easy TDs by Denver. So yes, he could learn something from Peyton — don’t turn the ball over, especially in your own end of the field, and cost your team 14 easy points.

  16. google an article from a few days ago. Its from Sports Illustrated and titled “who said it? Bill Bellichik or Cam Newton”. It compares answers from BB’s press conference after deflategate and Cam’s post SB presser.

    Now come on, who on here really watches post game press conferences by the losing players/coaches? I don’t think it was shown anywhere except NFL Network. during the regular season you can only see the post game pressers on NFL Network or the team’s website. Its not like it was a Presidential State of the Union speech. This one only matters because

    1. The press demands to be treated as equals to players/coaches — they are self-important and want to get back at the jocks who tormented them in high school when they were pencil neck geeks.

    2. The hating and negative press of Cam Newton is a full time industry for the sports press similar Donald Trump where every newspaper or new website has 5 or 6 Trump stories every day.

  17. my only issue is this..if he can celebrate and act a fool when he wins, he can show some class and be professional when he loses. otherwise yes, hes just a big baby.
    still, the looks on those kids faces when he hands them a ball..priceless. and im a Cardinals fan! (have to say, watching those kids light up certainly lessened the blow when he scored on us)

  18. Keep the hate alive! You are going to need it for the next 5-8 years. We aren’t going anywhere…..and we will celebrate when we win…and frown when we dont.

    We will live to Dab again….coming to a stadium near you, Fall 2016. KEEPPOUNDING!!!

  19. Archie Manning is a stud (literally). Is there another man that has sired (2) two-time super bowl champion QBs? Everybody agrees that playing QB in the NFL is the most difficult and challenging thing to do in sports. And to play it at the extreme highest level is just too hard to imagine.

  20. Cam could have handled it better, a lot better.
    But he doesn’t have off field issues, and had a great season, and was obviously really upset.
    I’d be fine with him being my QB.
    But he hurts his brand acting this way. That’s money in his pocket.
    And he DOES HURT HIS TEAM by melting down and sulking DURING the game.
    Sitting there with a blank stare on his face.

    Hopefully he learns from this and matures.

  21. Guess Archie should know what it feels like to get knocked around a lot in a game. I mean career. LOL!!!

  22. Seeing as Cam Newton didn’t have a rich dad to make a Sexual Harassment and Assault case go away like he did with Peyton, I think Cam deserves a lot of credit for doing as much as he did

    I’m sure having “private investigators” to pose as police officers to get a guy to recant a PED allegation (even if he openly says he has no idea what he’s recanting) is also something Cam has had to learn to live without

    Of course, not every player can be the NFL role models that Peyton Manning and Greg Hardy are

  23. ….Cam acted like a 10 year old after losing a pop warner game. I know, it stings losing the SB and they had u interview right next to a defensive player who was kinda crowing….but lost his composure and acted immature. Thats what the world saw and will always remember.

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