A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)—Charlotte is known as the “Queen City.”
But there is a new king in town named Cam Newton.
Unfortunately, the king is unhappy, very unhappy.
Not with his team, but with himself.
And when Newton is unhappy, you can see it written all over his face.
Because, he can’t hide it.
Especially, when he isolates himself from the rest of his team mates and sits on the bench all alone with a towel over his head, moping and pouting, as if, the world is coming to an end.
Newton’s poor body language and constant pouting was so annoying when Coach Ron Rivera replaced him with backup QB Derek Anderson against the NY Giants late in the 4th quarter Thursday night after he threw his third interception in the 36-7 loss that team mate Steve Smith, who is a team captain and the elder statesmen of the team, publicly scolded him for his immaturity.
“I said, ‘Get up and learn from this,’” Smith said.
“I don’t want to be passive and not do it because if I don’t do it, who will?”
“The same way with my son, I can’t expect somebody else (to do that). So yeah, I lit into him because I thought it was an opportunity for him to see and understand what was going on. This is more than about playing football. It’s about becoming a man and understanding what this is.”
By now, Panther fans as well as his team mates should have come to grips with the fact that Newton hates to lose and that he wears his heart on his shoulder pads and his emotions on his face. Matter of fact, it’s the second straight year Newton’s teammates have discussed his sideline demeanor.
Last year, offensive linemen Ryan Kalil and Jordan Gordon approached Cam privately about his public pouting during games.
Unfortunately, old habits are bad to break.
And if Cam is going to lead this team to the Super Bowl as Kalil predicted in the begin of the season, he can’t let his emotions get the best of him.
This little setback, however, is just a bump in the road in a long season.
Unfortunately, Panther fans should expect to see Newton smiling and diving in the end zone like Superman next week.
And hopefully, teammate Steve Smith won’t be the one pouting because he didn’t throw him the ball.
Newton completed 15-of-24 pass attempts for 215 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Panthers heartbreaking (30-to-28) loss against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, which he finished the game with a 119.3 passer rating. He also ran the ball for a career-high 86 yards on nine carries. But his late game fumble with two minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, played a major factor in the Panthers lost.