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November 16, 2011

Cam Newton eyes Detroit pass rush

A week after he was sacked a season-high five times in a 30-3 loss to Tennessee, rookie QB Cam Newton said things could get worse this week if the Panthers don't come to play against Detroit and its formidable front four.

The Titans blitzed Newton a lot on first down, then dropped as many as eight men in coverage when they had the Panthers in second- and third-and-long situations.

But Newton said the Lions are dangerous because Ndamukong Suh and Co. generate pressure out of its base defense.

Last week is completely unacceptable. Rookie, no rookie, veteran. It doesn't matter. If you're on the Carolina Panthers, it doesn't matter what your experience level is, that is not acceptable,” Newton said.

And everybody gets the gist. And this week if we bring that same mentality that we had last week, you're going to get busted in the mouth. This is a physical team down after down.”

The Lions are among the league leaders in sacks. The fact that Suh is only third on his team with three sacks speaks to Detroit's defensive line depth.

They've got an arsenal,” Newton said. “They get after the quarterback. They create (pressure). They wreak havoc. And if you don't play to that level or higher, you're going to get beat. You're going to get embarrassed. We've got to worry about what we do, and everything else will take care of itself.”

Newton is seventh in the league in passing yardage with 289.4 yards a game, after beginning his career with consecutive 400-yard passing games.

But wins have been scarce for the 2-7 Panthers, and Newton has been criticized by some for his sulking after losses.

This is something that I'm not used to and it's something that I'm not going to get used to,” said Newton, who lost one game his final two college seasons.

So you look at it as poor leadership. You look at it as sore loser. I'd rather than be a sore loser than anything. First off, I'm not used to losing and I'm never going to have that mentality to say, 'Man, this team's better than us.' Or just give up for anything. I'm going to fight 'til the last breath and I'm going to give it my all.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 16, 2011 at 03:38 PM | Permalink


lol. who wouldnt want sore losers on their team. I love how much this kid hates to lose

Posted by: zach | Nov 16, 2011 3:57:57 PM

screens, draws and Suh will walk into a trap run all day long! Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser! Marty Hurney is a good loser!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 16, 2011 4:07:31 PM

"screens, draws and Suh will walk into a trap run all day long! "

I totally agree it worked wonders for the Bears. Expect cheap shots Cam these guys are low life cheap shots. It is only a matter of time before they hurt somebody with a cheap shot or chop block.

Posted by: Yackletoast | Nov 16, 2011 4:21:10 PM

If he hates the losses so much, why did he give up in the 2nd quarter last week? His face showed it and if any of these "reporters" on the CO staff had any stones, they would call him out for it. He quit on this team. Simple and plain.

Posted by: I know | Nov 16, 2011 4:21:16 PM

A good leader doesn't have to like to lose, but he should try hard to keep his team's spirits up. Sulking doesn't help the team at all. Babies sulk while leaders keep their teammates encouraged and heads held up high, hard to do while your head is down under a towel.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 16, 2011 4:21:23 PM

Umm...so we didn't get busted in the mouth last week?

And "his final two college seasons?" Really? Who cares what he did at CPCC's big JuCo rival? That's not real football. Chris Leak won big on the DIVISION I level, and where is he at?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Nov 16, 2011 4:21:36 PM

We need to stop seeing Newton with a Gatorade towel draped over his head.

Posted by: Nosebleed Fan | Nov 16, 2011 4:24:39 PM

Suh will eat SCAM Newton for lunch!!!

Posted by: TC | Nov 16, 2011 4:39:17 PM

Panthers fan? Steve Smith fan? What if our offensive lineman had the same attitude as Smitty?

Posted by: Steve Smith | Nov 16, 2011 4:53:54 PM

"We need to stop seeing Newton with a Gatorade towel draped over his head"......it keeps the heat in his body after he comes off the field of play.

Posted by: Jellybean | Nov 16, 2011 4:56:38 PM

I hope some of you don't reproduce

Posted by: Lpdog | Nov 16, 2011 5:25:16 PM

Protect Cam. That is all.

Oh yeah, and watch out for Suh. He's dirty.

Posted by: Edward | Nov 16, 2011 5:26:37 PM

I'd say everyone on the team under 32 was feeling the effects of the CODMW hangovers from lack of sleep.

Posted by: Ghoul | Nov 16, 2011 5:33:04 PM

Run Stewy at Suh the entire first half- we will see how Suh feels in the 4th

Posted by: Holla | Nov 16, 2011 5:33:19 PM

Comments always good for a laugh. They show that North Carolina residents has no idea how to be a NFL fan. The fans in Charlotte are the laughing stock of the NFL

Posted by: SargeTN | Nov 16, 2011 5:33:26 PM

Regarding article posted on Steve Smith. Good playing doesn't excuse punkish behavior. It's comical in how many Panther fans will knock a good and talented player like Vick when he behaves like a punk too but plays on another team, then, if the same type player helps their Panthers to win games they're all of a sudden defending this same type of player while making excuses for their punkish behavior.

Posted by: Out of town Panther fan | Nov 16, 2011 5:37:26 PM

SargeTN, us may be laughing stock, but us know how talk english. Troglodyte.

Posted by: Jeff | Nov 16, 2011 6:33:06 PM

Out of town Panther fan... really? You are going to equate Smith with someone who WENT TO PRISON for dogfighting?

Michael Procton... Newton is one of the very few on this team actually doing his job! You Newton bashers just don't get it do you? Just about everybody who covers the NFL for a living, just about every player and coach who actually make thier living in the NFL and actually KNOW what they are talking about is praising what this kid is doing and the rest of you are still taking those fantasy pills that make you believe that you are the only ones who know what you're talking about and the rest of the world are idiots!

Geez! Some of you guys are a bigger waste of time than the Panther's kick coverage!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Nov 16, 2011 6:46:51 PM

Tape the fingers of Jordan Gross and Byron Bell so that they can't hold and glue their feet into the ground so they can't start before the snap and the Panthers will halve their penalties and do much better on offense.

Posted by: RON | Nov 16, 2011 7:00:35 PM

If you have a QB with a passer rating under 90, you should emphasize the run if you have the RBs... which we do in spades. This is if we want to stay in these coming games and pull out some Ws. We know Cam can pass, so him tossing it 40+ a game under these circumstances now won't get us many wins.

Posted by: Bill | Nov 16, 2011 7:17:41 PM

I like shaking the team up. But next year Coach Rivera needs to stay stable and have confidence in the team. Sometimes guys press really hard thinking more about their job and playing the next week. The guys need to be free minded out playing this game. At ease. But you can also lose your team that way. Coach Rivera has done a good job and the coaching staff with preparing for this season with what they had. To note: Training camp will be a breath of fresh air! The rest of the season we should go with what we have. Let these guys prove to you and us they can play up to the standards of what it takes to win. Buying in! Next year Carolina will be able to see who will be back and who will not be back. Its serious from here. These next 7 games will give us an idea of what it is going to look like the next 10 years. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: PanthersFanD | Nov 16, 2011 7:23:14 PM

To what was said:

"Newton has been criticized by some for his sulking after losses."

Might we ask what he should be do, in the minds of an unnamed "some" who are reported only by the Observer? Get a stretch limo and go party?

Please make your writing more closely match our goals.

Posted by: anyonymous | Nov 16, 2011 7:29:05 PM

Absolutely, about the sulking after a loss thing.

Talk less to Newton -- and easy target for a writer -- and more to the offensive and defensive players who are, by the evidence, just not doing their jobs.

Posted by: anyonymous | Nov 16, 2011 7:32:36 PM

Ditto to that.

Newton can demand to be traded.

Who wants guys who can't perform? There's free lunch every year?

Posted by: anyonymous | Nov 16, 2011 7:34:34 PM

Slackers abound. In every trade.

Posted by: anyonymous | Nov 16, 2011 7:37:38 PM

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