Panthers coach Ron Rivera said today that he had talked to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the team’s concerns that Cam Newton is not getting the kind of protection from the referees that other quarterbacks get. Goodell apparently took that complaint seriously.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Goodell promised Rivera that he will talk to Newton directly to hear the reigning MVP’s concerns. Goodell also promised that the league will review hits on Newton to determine whether he’s not getting enough protection.
The league routinely reviews every hit on quarterbacks, so that’s not particularly noteworthy. But it is noteworthy that Goodell has promised to address concerns personally with a player.
Newton said after Sunday’s game that he can’t feel safe if the officials don’t do a better job of protecting him. Perhaps Goodell can say something to give Newton some peace of mind.