Cam Newton laments turnovers, miscommunications

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The Panthers had plenty of chances to run their record to 5-1 against the Eagles on Thursday night. They didn’t, and their quarterback attributes it to a pair of factors: Turnovers and miscommunications.

“We didn’t have good ingredients to win, turning the ball over as many times as we did, giving them layups for scores,” Cam Newton told reporters after the game. “In order to win a game like that you have to protect the football better. I’m mostly talking to myself with that. The two scores that they did get . . . they were layups for them.”

Newton had three interceptions, the first two of which weren’t his fault. The last one seemed to be.

A particular communications issue arose on the next-to-last drive of the game, when Newton’s third straight deep ball after the Panthers earned a first down at the Philadelphia 41 was intercepted.

“We just wasn’t on the same page,” Newton said. “I was trying to throw it to [receiver Kelvin Benjamin]. We wasn’t on the same page, and it showed.”

Newton attributed some of the issues to “zero coverage” (man-to-man with no free safety) from the Eagles, and the confusion emerging from figuring out what the defenders were doing.

“[T]hey had a lot of guys honed in to our key players,” Newton said. “I made the mistake early in the game with just throwing it without knowing what’s inside and, you know, I knew that a certain look was there, but I didn’t know where the defenders were. With that, it kind of made me short arm the pass.”

Newton seemed to suggest that the Eagles were the best team they’ve faced this season, and he believes that the Panthers will be better for it. For now, though, he’s not pleased with where things are.

“It’s two losses at home that, you know, we know we’re better than the product that we put out on that field,” Newton said.

That may be true, but being better than how you play doesn’t matter when it’s time to figure out win-loss records, playoff berths, and postseason seeding. The Eagles now hold a one-game edge and the tiebreaker over the Panthers, which means that any postseason rematch would occur in Philadelphia.

29 responses to “Cam Newton laments turnovers, miscommunications

  1. Cam, the refs did their best to hand you the game, 126 penalty yds vs 1 penalty yd…Had you won, The refs would have received game balls.

  2. Save for a flurry of really bad flags they lose in NE as well. Since when can you have a flag for defensive holding on a running play when the blocker hits a safety in the knees and falls down?

  3. Wentz threw 3 TDs, not 2 so let’s not minimize the offense. Both QBs got pummeled but the difference was the Eagles had a running game and had better communication with their receivers. Cam was the entire Panthers running game.

    Also, it seemed the Panthers were getting some calls that the Eagles weren’t getting. Home field advantage. Hopefully it all evens out in the end.

  4. The way this story was written, one would think it was just a little bad luck for the Panthers and some fortunate things for the Eagles.

    The reality is Newton should have had 5 interceptions and he was inaccurate. I believe the word ‘terrible’ is the most accurate description for Newton. Somehow, Newton gets a protected status in the write ups that some QBs don’t have the luxury of getting.

    You mentioned ‘zero coverage’ meaning anyone worthy of the huge paychecks should carve the D up. Instead he throws pick after pick and he gets a pass on ‘miscommunication’ excuse? He had pressure to be fair, but who doesn’t?

  5. The referees tried everything they could to walk you down the field. Drops are what killed the Panthers.

    But seriously? 10 penalties for 126 against 1 penalty for 1 yard?

    They REALLY tried to hand you the game Cam.

  6. Difference between Cam Newton and Carson Wentz last night (besides Wentz’s 3 TDs to Cam’s 3 INTs)?

    Wentz scores a touchdown, celebrates with all of his teammates.

    Cam scores a touchdown, all of his teammates come over, Cam calls the cameraman over to imply that HE’S superman.

  7. Panthers looked pretty good. They’re missing their all-world TE whom they’ve come to rely on maybe a bit too much. They could use an upgrade at RB. McCaffrey was a high first round pick, but he’s not a true RB. He’s more of a specialist. On one hand, the Panthers could easily have won. On the other, they did get several mysterious calls that all went in their favor. Carson Wentz is the real deal. That’s what happens when you get a legit franchise QB. It makes everyone in the organization look a lot smarter.

  8. They try to make Cam the new poster boy of the NFL, but all they have is a petulant, arrogant man-child who is proving to be un-coachable. Despite Newton’s physical tools, he has no head for the game, and absolutely no heart. He’s a franchise disappointment waiting to happen. Several years from now Panthers fans will wake up and ask “what happened?” And the answer will be: “You put your faith in Cam Newton and he ruined your team.”

  9. I dont see alot of Cam’s games, but does he throw the worst deep ball in the NFL? This is not a good Panthers team, he beat up on a couple weak defenses that does not mean he should win the MVP.

  10. The reality is, Cam chokes when he gets a little pressure on him. He looked great last week as the Lions couldn’t get to him, the Eagles could, and he looked like the Cam we all know, inaccurate.

  11. Only 3 picks and that was he was lucky it wasn’t more. Multiple throws were very close to being picked off. Maybe the shoulder was sore but his inaccuracy was also putting the ball in dangerous areas of the defensive coverage.

  12. Tampa is going to destroy the Carolina this year! Can’t wait! If you thought he cried after the Super Bowl you haven’t seen anything yet!

  13. derrickbrooks4president says:

    October 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Tampa is going to destroy the Carolina this year! Can’t wait! If you thought he cried after the Super Bowl you haven’t seen anything yet!

    Yea right – Tampa will be at the bottom of the division all year long. Good luck with that

  14. What was funny was his late QB slide right into the defender’s legs and immediately whines for a penalty flag on the defender for falling over him. Or that obviously flop on the expired play clock. Even the network replayed that one a couple of times.

    It’s junk like this that referees don’t give him the benefit of the doubt on QB hits. They watch just as much film as players do and faking stuff like last night doesn’t help his cause.

  15. Did he mention Pete Morelli going off for 40 penalties for 396 yards against the Eagles in their last 4 games vs. 7 for 70 against their opponents? For the first time in my life, I actually had to check to see what the line was it was so bad. Someone needs to check to see if old Pete is on the take.

    Hell, I officiate high school games and thought his crew should be kicked for a cycle.

    Also, maybe Cam should notice the Eagles playing like a team. When your QB cares more about his teammates and your WR is handing the ball to your center to spike it, something is going well in the locker room.

  16. Little early to be talking about playoff seeding. But if not for some of the most one sided officiating I’d ever seen it would have been a blowout.

  17. Scam played poorly last night.
    No two ways about it.
    Can’t read a D to save his life.
    It is not like he hasn’t had time and coaching to learn…
    Way past peter principle time…

  18. cookerduff123 says:
    October 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Difference between Cam Newton and Carson Wentz last night (besides Wentz’s 3 TDs to Cam’s 3 INTs)?

    Wentz scores a touchdown, celebrates with all of his teammates.

    Cam scores a touchdown, all of his teammates come over, Cam calls the cameraman over to imply that HE’S superman.
    ========
    Bingo. The Panthers will soon need a new stadium to accommodate this turd’s ego.

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