Cam Newton: Running is my edge, I’m not going to give it up

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When Panthers quarterback Cam Newton met the media after the team’s Week Six loss to the Saints, he cut the session off after 90 seconds.

He was more expansive in his Wednesday press conference. Newton talked about the concussion he suffered against the Falcons in Week Four, saying he knew he was “messed up” by the hit he took while running the ball for a two-point conversion and that he learned he can’t take his guard down at any point while he’s on the field.

What he won’t do is take running out of his game. Newton only ran once against the Saints, a two-yard touchdown run, but said that his ability to run between the tackles is “forever my edge” in the NFL.

“I look at the game different. That makes defenses prepare for extra things,” Newton said. “So if you take that away, the defense is like ‘Yes, we don’t have to prepare for a quarterback.’ I’m trying to find any and every way to create edges for us, whether that’s me running around, that’s me blocking. I’m just trying to win football games.”

The Panthers haven’t had much luck winning football games this season and losing Newton again won’t do them any favors on that front over the final 10 games. Having Newton play a style that’s uncomfortable to him without taking full advantage of his talent won’t do them any favors either, though, so it seems the Cardinals should be ready to see Newton carrying the ball this Sunday.

46 responses to “Cam Newton: Running is my edge, I’m not going to give it up

  1. You go, Newt, you’re just a few yards behind Blaine Gabbert and he hasn’t played in awhile.
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    Gabbert – 5 games, 890 yards.

    Newton – 5 games, 1,296 yards

  2. I understand his thinking. He has very unique abilities, and he doesn’t want to leave any of them unused. And I hate the “what if you get hurt?” mentality.

    On the other hand, he does need to be aware this is the second time he has gotten his clock cleaned by slowing down to half-speed at the goal line. Last time he said he wouldn’t do that anymore, but this time he has to mean it. Also, he has to remember that the NFL has given defenses license to do whatever they want to get him out of the game, including multiple helmet-to-helmet hits while he is standing still in the pocket – you know, because even though he’s standing still in the pocket, he’s a runner and it’s legal to hit him helmet-to-helmet.

  3. A lot of what Cam says is true. In fact, Newton reminds me of Steve Young. Even the concussions remind me of Young. Young went to S.F. and the coaches that coached Montana, tried to get him to stay in the pocket, just like Joe did. But when Mike Shanahan (who never coached Joe) was hired, he wanted Steve to learn how to win from the pocket, but he didn’t want to make it too easy on the opposing defenses by not allowing the threat of the run. Young’s career went into a higher gear. It’s hard to break the running habit when you’re a great runner like Young and Newton. Both are great passers too.

  4. djp141 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 4:46 PM
    You go, Newt, you’re just a few yards behind Blaine Gabbert and he hasn’t played in awhile.
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    Gabbert – 5 games, 890 yards.

    Newton – 5 games, 1,296 yards
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    Um…you must have misread the headline. Everyone else is talking about “running”.

  5. gohawks7 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 5:20 PM
    LOL….stopping before you reach the end zone is not your edge.
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    Neither is diving on fumbles to win the biggest game of his life.

  6. All the blind haters just look dumb. The Panthers are 4th in offensive yards per game. 24th in yards allowed. The Panthers are 1-5 because their GM let the entire defensive secondary walk.

  7. “I’m just trying to win football games.”

    He sure isn’t winning many games this season.
    Newton is NOT a championship QB.

  8. Love his talent on the football field, but its become clear that defenses have just figured out how to beat Cam. They’ve employed the Broncos “RUFF HIM UP” gameplan, and they’re willing to even accept a few penalties in the process in hopes of knocking him off his game. It worked in the superbowl, and it’s working now.

    That’s the thing about the NFL. You have to adapt to new things and reinvent your game. Cam seems bent on NOT changing anything with his playstyle, which is probably not the smartest path to take if you’re considering longevity.

  9. Cam is gonna be Cam, love him or hate him. He’s gonna run, he’s gonna showboat, wear ugly clothes and walk out on press conferences if they didnt win…….just his personality.
    He’s not changing for the status quo or what folks think he should be or act!

    With that said, still dude work on getting rid of that ball quicker when passing, slide to try and protect yourself, avoid the hits!!!!
    WIN THE GAMES!!!

  10. Nor is Camera giving up his self-promo pre/post game fashion shows, all the endless on field solo celebrations (ignoring his hard working teammates in the process), and his life long attitude that its all about him and nobody else. Camera, that is why America hates you. Good luck with that! You have no class or sportsmanship! It’s all about you baby, yes?

  11. One thing has become very obvious the last 2-3 seasons, running QB’s are going to have much shorter careers than their stay in the pocket counterparts.

  12. ditkainyourbutkus says:
    Oct 26, 2016 6:54 PM
    ask Vick how that turned out for him

    10-year contract worth $130 million with ATL/ six-year, $100 million with the Eagles

    Troll on funny GUY!!!

  13. A lot of hate on Cam in here. I agree with what he said. He’s probably one of if not the best goal line back in the league. Not letting him get those rushing scores takes away a big part of his game, one that the panthers need. He might love the spotlight more than the next guy and pout after losses but he’s still an incredible player, and his rushing ability is a big reason why. Until it’s no longer effective, I think he should keep doing it too

  14. It’s a big part of what makes him the quarterback that he is so why change it? Yes it is a big chance of being injured but if he takes out using his mobility and just be a pocket quarterback, he would not be half as effective as he is now. I mean look at Russell Wilson for example because of his injuries to his ankles and knee he is not nearly as effective as a quarterback just in the pocket as he would be if he is able to use his athleticism

  15. All the blind haters just look dumb. The Panthers are 4th in offensive yards per game. 24th in yards allowed. The Panthers are 1-5 because their GM let the entire defensive secondary walk.

    Skins fan here. I seem to remember quite a few Panther comments to the effect that losing Josh would make absolutely no difference to their vaunted defense. Even said good luck to the Skins for over paying, because he was only a system CB……. Really?

  16. Dude is a poor winner and a piss poor loser. Nobody likes to lose, but you man up, fulfill your responsibilities/obligations to the press, then get back to work studying film and practicing.

    I also hate the way he puts a towel over his head, tucking it in etc. WTF is that?And he always does it, so it isn’t really a hot or cold issue. Is he trying to make some kind of fashion statement? I don’t get it. His gum chewing is pretty annoying too.

    As for running? He can keep running, but ought to learn to slide instead of taking big hits. He’s gonna get a Bledsoe type hit at some point and puncture a lung or something equally serious. Take what you can get, then get down. He’s a big dude, but there are lots of big dudes just waiting to put a lick on ya.

  17. Almost forgot those idiotic looking costumes he wears. Another WTF thing he has going on. Looks like a jerk. People wear that nonsense at the Kentucky Derby, and then stuff it back in the closet wear it belongs, but not Cam. He has to look like a jerk EVERY week!

  18. So Cam how about you think about what is best for your team?

    Is it best for the team that you don’t run as much, don’t get hurt, and give your team the best chance to win?

    Or is it best that you do “your thing”?

  19. 1. I hated the move that sent Josh Norman to DC. Knew it would cost us, not to this extent however….
    2. Cam is the most dynamic player in the NFL. He broke the mold and SEC fans and non-Carolina fans all over hate him for the times he has single handily ruined their day. Reigning MVP and I do not believe he has hit his potential yet. Role model for my kid? No, I’ll take that job. Since sports is entertainment, I just want him to entertain me.

  20. hang3xc says:
    Oct 27, 2016 7:58 AM
    Dude is a poor winner and a piss poor loser. Nobody likes to lose, but you man up, fulfill your responsibilities/obligations to the press, then get back to work studying film and practicing.

    I also hate the way he puts a towel over his head, tucking it in etc. WTF is that?And he always does it, so it isn’t really a hot or cold issue. Is he trying to make some kind of fashion statement? I don’t get it. His gum chewing is pretty annoying too.

    As for running? He can keep running, but ought to learn to slide instead of taking big hits. He’s gonna get a Bledsoe type hit at some point and puncture a lung or something equally serious. Take what you can get, then get down. He’s a big dude, but there are lots of big dudes just waiting to put a lick on ya.
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    Ok, so what responsibilities does he have when it comes to the media? You want the Belichick answers and then complain because he doesn’t show enough emotion? Do you want him to “kneel” during the anthem and talk about social issues?

    As a Panthers fan, I am proud that we have a quarterback that loves to celebrate winning and not only hates losing but refuses to be politically correct or fall in line with what we presume is the correct way to act. I could do without the hats but that’s about it. I’m happy to have a quarterback that hates losing and shows it.

    I’m also happy to support a QB that has given countless amounts of time and money to his community, kids and chooses to use his platform to show those that look up to him (like my son) the right way to give back. How many NFL players sign on to a Nickelodeon show to inspire youth in the off season? No suspensions, failing drug tests, domestic violence, etc. Yet we get mad at his celebrations (that he has yet to be penalized for) and then complain when Antonio Brown or Josh Norman get fined for excessive celebration (why can’t they express themselves, no fun league).

    The towel on his head, really? You hate that he puts a towel on his head the same way Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, Big Ben, Peyton Manning and others have done and/or continue to do.

    His chewing gum is annoying?? If that’s not the perfect example of just finding a way to hate on a guy, I don’t know what is.

    So I’ll end my rant with saying, go ahead keep hating and keep spending your time and energy trying to find every possible way to make Cam look like a bad guy. Meanwhile, he’ll keep celebrating (within the rules), keep inspiring the youth and true Panthers fan will continue to have his back. Please continue to ignore the mistakes and failures of others in the league and keep doing your best at capitalizing on making Cam look like a bad guy because he puts a towel on his head and chews gum.

    Oh, one more thing, can we stop with the falling on the fumble thing. Just another stretch to hate a guy that has continued to put his body on the line for his team for 5+ years and that horse is dead.

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