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February 02, 2012

Cam Newton says he failed at Pro Bowl

0202camnewtonINDIANAPOLIS -- It was essentially an exhibition against an AFC team whose defensive intensity fluctuated throughout the game.

But Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (right) made no excuses for his poor showing in his first Pro Bowl on Sunday in the NFC's 59-41 loss.

Playing the entire second half, Newton was 9-of-27 passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions – one of which was returned for a touchdown. While Newton conceded it was difficult to gauge the intensity level of the defense, he said it shouldn't have mattered.

“That's my job to find and still perform at a high level. I think I failed myself, and to some degree the fans. I didn't put on my best performance,” Newton said Thursday. “But I was still trying to get into a groove or rhythm of the game. But at the end of the day, it's still football. And if you're not out there giving it your all, it will show.”

The AFC seemed to ratchet up its defensive pressure when Newton entered the game after questionable effort by both teams in the first half. Newton was sacked twice by Denver's Von Miller and flushed from the pocket several other times, drawing boos from the Aloha Stadium crowd.

"You live and you learn. I'm not going to point any fingers or take any shots at anybody because at the end of the day football is still a physical sport," Newton said. "So what was done to me was done to me, and I take it all with a love of the game. Hopefully, I get back there and have a better performance."

The interceptions continued a season-long theme for Newton, whose 17 picks were the sixth-highest total in the league.

“With me going back and watching the film of last year, the only that keeps coming out still to this day is protecting the football,” Newton said. “What was it, 17 interceptions that I threw? Those have to be cut down and minimized for us to have success as an overall team.”

Newton made several national media appearances Thursday at the JW Marriott, the Super Bowl media headquarters. The interviews came a day after Newton signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Gatorade, which will air two TV spots featuring Newton beginning this spring, said Carlos Fleming, Newton's marketing director with IMG.

While Newton was leaving the NFL Network's set, he shook hands and spoke briefly with Joe Montana, the Hall of Fame quarterback who won won four Super Bowl titles with San Francisco.

“Unbelievable, man,” Newton said of Super Bowl week. “I'm kind of envious that it's not what I'm a part of. But it just gives me something I need to work for in the coming years.”

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 2, 2012 at 02:14 PM | Permalink


Cam is a machine

an interception machine.

he gets that under control, then he might be worthy of the crown that has already been placed on him by many.

Posted by: charles in charge | Feb 2, 2012 2:34:08 PM

In his rookie year, Peyton Manning threw 26 TDs and 28 INTs with a 71 passer rating. Newton threw 21 TDs and 17 INTs (11 less than manning) with an 85 passer rating, plus Newtown threw for about 300 more yards than Manning.

Taking out his running, and Newton still had the statistically best PASSING rookie QB season ever.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 2, 2012 2:38:29 PM

Newton Sucks!

Posted by: tony | Feb 2, 2012 2:41:03 PM

Preach charles...i kinda agree with you brother!

Posted by: Lebron James Jr. | Feb 2, 2012 2:42:35 PM

He was somewhat baited in this game, guys were laughing smiling putting forth 0 effort against Rogers and Brees.. Then He entered the game some players didnt like him in college nor now getting the attention and they played ALOT harder.......

Posted by: Robert | Feb 2, 2012 2:43:24 PM

Newton is coming off one of the greatest rookie seasons ever and you still have people who say he sucks. Of course, these same people will always find a reason to bash Newton, no matter what he does.

Posted by: Nate | Feb 2, 2012 2:46:15 PM

Newton had two of the best RBs in the league, healthy and beside him all season (they were injured on and off the previous 2 seasons), along with two of the best pass catching TEs... and Smitty was at peak form. His size and ability to run also kept defenses honest. With that, his passing (as demonstrated in the pro-bowl) leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted by: BB | Feb 2, 2012 2:46:40 PM

"But at the end of the day, it's still football. And if you're not out there giving it your all, it will show.” Pretty much say's he did not give his all.

Posted by: willie | Feb 2, 2012 2:49:42 PM

I give up a guy just said his passing leaves alot to be desired..in his first year in the NFL breaking all rookie records PASSING on a previous 2-14 team, good grief!!

Posted by: Robert | Feb 2, 2012 2:52:33 PM

I get the feeling he can't read defenses well and is overcoming it with pure athletic ability. Which is awesome, but success(if it continues) can wane as he ages if he doesn't mentally improve.

All of the comparisons to Peyton Manning are hilarious....don't get ahead of yourself s people. He's good, but give it a yr or two.

Posted by: charles in charge | Feb 2, 2012 2:55:21 PM

So you are saying with years udner his belt, experience seeing different looks, and hes going to get worse? When the Panthers get a Defense and keep the other team under 24 points and around 350 yards of Total Offense we will be in good shape..

Posted by: Robert | Feb 2, 2012 2:58:16 PM

The Pro Bowl is a joke and should be done away with. It's not even football at this point. He could have thrown 13 interceptions and I wouldn't think a thing of it. As soon as he came in, you saw the other team start popping him as in "we've heard enough about you during the regular season rookie..."

Posted by: Cam Fan | Feb 2, 2012 3:05:48 PM

Has anyone considered this....Cam hasn't played on the same team for 2 yrs in a row in a while.

1 yr florida sidelines
1 yr blinn college
1 yr auburn
1 yr panthers

I wonder what 2 yrs consecutive play will be like? Will he really improve or is he feeling trapped in 1 spot for too long?

Posted by: The Falconer | Feb 2, 2012 3:05:53 PM

Pure and simple the Pro Bowl is horseshit. As for Cam's comments, "yeah, yeah, yeah, sport, whatever you say".

Posted by: DougDoo | Feb 2, 2012 3:06:06 PM

Cam is a "me first" player who will turn on this town and this team the very first time he is not the showcase face or the go to man. His ego would not fit in any indoor stadium. I wouldn't give a 2nd rounder for him. In two years he will be thought of in the same vain as Todd Maranovich. Useless, criminal, thug, pretty boy.

Posted by: Cat's fan | Feb 2, 2012 3:08:04 PM

Didn't anyone tell Cam that this year's event was just a loose, half speed pickup game where the Defense never rushed the QB and receivers ran unimpeded routes? With that, he should be ashamed of 3 picks.

Posted by: Coach Riv | Feb 2, 2012 3:09:07 PM

The only thing Cam failed, at the Pro Bowl, was the franchise that is giving him a chance. How embarrassing to have the face of your organization go out and represent your team with your jersey untucked and blatantly not caring. The veterans from other teams looked as if they offended. Which is probably why they were trying to mutilate him. When he finally realizes its not all about him, then maybe the Panthers will finally be playing in mid to late January again.

Posted by: Tommy | Feb 2, 2012 3:18:57 PM

Remember Michael Jordan's first NBA All-Star game? The East veterans froze him out on offense and the West defenders actually played defense against him. They resented all the attention the rookie Jordan was getting when he hadn't won anything.

Seems like Cam was getting some of the same treatment from the AFC defense....they sure seemed to step up their intensity when he came into the game.

Just thinking there might be some precedent there....

Posted by: TribeTime | Feb 2, 2012 3:23:52 PM

The most overrated player in Panthers history.

Posted by: camsux | Feb 2, 2012 3:26:20 PM

now you're comparing him to Jordan????

oh brother. who shall we compare the great cam to next? hank aaron? hulk hogan?

Glad someone mentioned the untucked jersey? that did scream "look at me, i'm cool" didn't it?

Posted by: Sir Pir | Feb 2, 2012 3:33:48 PM

"The veterans from other teams looked as if they offended. Which is probably why they were trying to mutilate him."

ummm, he was sacked twice by Von Miller, a rookie.

I think the issue was the young guys, the ones in the 2nd half, were playing harder.

but still, the game was awful and so was King Cam

Posted by: Fletch! | Feb 2, 2012 3:40:27 PM

I think people are foolish to think that Cam Newton will not improve greatly after having a season under his belt...a season where he had the best statistical rookie year of any NFL Rookie EVER. The pro-bowl shouldn't be a measurement to judge by. Shaq and Michael Jordan were both frozen out in their first All Star appearances. And went on to win multiple championships in their sport. The defense was going right at Cam consistently and the offensive line repeatedly opened the flood gates...

Posted by: J Boogie | Feb 2, 2012 3:41:24 PM

it was an outrage! they respected drew and aaron and then went after Cam. I know why, and so do you.

Posted by: hal sharpton | Feb 2, 2012 3:47:30 PM

Seems to me the only one that actually watched the game was Tribetime and No he was not comparing him to Jordan, he was using Jordans first allstar game as a comparison to what happened to Jordan.

The first half afc d-line would stand up off the snap and that was about it, until Cam came in and the "ENDS" were killing to get to Cam and the linemen were not even ready, looked as if they even cheated some on the blitzing that was not supposed to happen.
I didn't even see Rodgers or Brees trying to throw the ball Steve's way, couple maybe, looked as if he was getting irritated.

If you didn't watch the game or all of it to make comparisons than why are posting?

Posted by: 10-4!! | Feb 2, 2012 3:49:43 PM

Cam is a BEAST!

Posted by: jjallday | Feb 2, 2012 3:51:26 PM

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