Cam Newton not sweating “ugly win”

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Jets safety Jamal Adams got into Cam Newton‘s face after his early touchdown, disrupting his signature Superman celebration.

But for most of the day, there was nothing very good, much less super, from the Panthers quarterback.

Thanks to a pair of fourth-quarter return touchdowns (a fumble by Luke Kuechly and a punt by Kaelin Clay) the Panthers were able to survive a poor day from the former MVP.

“I always hear often that it was an ugly win, but I never heard of saying such thing as a pretty loss,” Newton said, via Steve Serby of the New York Post. “So either way it goes, we would prefer to get a win at the end of the day — great team win.

“It wasn’t a blockbuster outing offensively for us statistics-wise, but we found ways to win the football game, and that’s what you have to have. You have to have those types of characteristics and those genetics to grind out a win.”

Newton came off the bye week with a sore thumb, and his performance stuck out like one. He was 11-of-28 passing for 168 yards, and ran for 28 yards and a touchdown. He described his physical condition as “all right,” but something was clearly amiss.

The Panthers offense has been in a state of flux all year, from Newton’s recovery from shoulder surgery to incorporating rookies to the loss of tight end Greg Olsen for half the season to the trade of Kelvin Benjamin to, well, you get the picture. In short, they haven’t really been the same offense two weeks in a row, which makes matters more complicated.

Lately, Newton has taken more of the burden on himself, after the Panthers tried to bubble-wrap him with their early game plans. It has generally worked better, but he missed eight straight passes at one point against the Jets.

“I thought [Newton] had his moments,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “Obviously, the thumb might be bothering him a little, but I thought he made some good reads. I think we have a lot of room for improvement.”

That was clear, but the Panthers are 8-3 heading into this week’s NFC South showdown with the Saints, so they won’t be apologizing for anything that happened yesterday.

18 responses to “Cam Newton not sweating “ugly win”

  1. “Something was clearly amiss.” – Always making excuses for the guy. What was your excuse for him last year when he was horrible Mr. Charlotte beat writer?

  2. Cam was definitely “off” — his throws looked labored, at times — and his “Linus blanket” Greg Olsen was also “off.” Cam-rolina has got to get-it-together because Division rivals Gnawlins and Hot-lanta are going to be winging it in order to get the prized top-of-the-division spot. “Superman” a/k/a “AceBoogie” a/k/a Cam(eron) Newton showed up in the form of a goal line body-flip/head twister — geez, Superman, ya gotta be careful, Man-of-Steel lol

    Suffice it to say, when Superman is having fun, Cam-rolina always wins! 🤪

  3. He is what we thought he is a spoiled brat, all is fun and games when they pull out a lucky victory but pouter when they lose.

  4. I used to think it was crazy how quarterback’s passes could be so on point in one game and then be so off the next or how an accurate QB could become a horribly inaccurate passer then I hurt my elbow throwing a football with my kid and it was never the same. When it feels fine, which is only for a few throws, I am fine then the more I throw the more it hurts and the more wild my throws become. I imagine that between the shoulder and the thumb Cam is having to make a lot of adjustments.

  5. Cam was off target, likely due to an injured thumb. The receivers dropped a few, too. But a win is a win and that’s what counts. And there are signs that the Panthers may finally have found their return man in Kaelin Clay. Going to need him the way the Saints are playing.

  6. Guess no one really pays attention the the NFL, if you did you’d see through your hatred of Cam that he played with an injured thumb. But that’s not convenient for the haters.

  7. “It wasn’t a blockbuster outing offensively for us statistics-wise, but we found ways to win the football game, and that’s what you have to have. You have to have those types of characteristics and those genetics to grind out a win.”

    Hmmmm. Genetics. Who’s responsible for that?

  8. Scam is a pathetic, mentally soft front-runner who cares more about celebrating first downs and doing endzone celebrations for garbage TDs when his team is being blown out

    We saw his true colors in the Super Bowl, one of the worst performances on and off the field

  9. “Scam is a pathetic, mentally soft front-runner who cares more about celebrating first downs and doing endzone celebrations for garbage TDs when his team is being blown out”

    Cam did that one time in 2012 (Giants game) and he hasn’t done it since. You just wish that were true because you love to hate him.

    “We saw his true colors in the Super Bowl, one of the worst performances on and off the field”

    They got beat by a really, really good defense in SB50.

    Haters gonna hate

  10. “Scam is a pathetic, mentally soft front-runner who cares more about celebrating first downs and doing endzone celebrations for garbage TDs when his team is being blown out”

    And you’re a pathetic hater who cares more about booing Cam than cheering for your own team.

  11. Cam Newton is the most annoying QB in the NFL……He OVER celebrates on every play, every first down he runs for, he celebrates…..every good thing…he celebrates….You would think based on his celebrations they won the Superbowl after every first down…when he loses….he avoids the media and cries. He says the most dumb things in his speeches. I think the Panthers have a sneaky good team this year….but I can’t stand Cam Newton.

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