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January 31, 2014

Cam Newton still bothered by goal-line play vs. 49ers

After the playoff loss to San Francisco, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took the blame for one of the team's goal-line failures, saying he told coaches during the break between the first and second quarters he could pick up a yard on fourth-and-goal at the 1.

Newton expounded on the play this week during an appearance on ESPN Radio, explaining that he checked into a quarterback sneak at the line of scrimmage. Newton told hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo that once he made the check, there was no turning back.

"I saw (linebacker NaVorro) Bowman, I saw Patrick Willis, I saw all those guys. And I'm like, 'Oh my God, I can't check it,'" Newton said. "It was a bad check on my part, and sometimes you do get the short end of the stick."

Linebacker Ahmad Brooks stopped Newton for no gain on the sneak.

After the Panthers forced the 49ers into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, Newton hit Steve Smith on a 31-yard touchdown pass on the next play. But the Panthers failed to get in the end zone on another goal-to-go situation later in the second quarter, settling for a Graham Gano field goal.

Newton said the loss left a "salty" taste in his mouth, repeating the expression he used during an interview with the Observer before last week's Pro Bowl.

During the ESPN Radio interview, Newton said the Panthers made strides in 2013 they need to build on next season.

"It will be shame on us if we don't make the most of our situations leading up to next season," Newton said.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2014 at 05:32 PM | Permalink


Go Panthers!

Posted by: HG | Jan 31, 2014 6:03:41 PM

Cam has grown on me more and more>I am excited about next year. However these salaries are getting stupid and questionable at best. They are mostly paid by last year performance. The money takes the fun out of the game for fans. The teams should be able to keep a lid on this process. Agents are mostly lawyers who want to expose every last detail. We know who is good and who is not and who is deserving at the end ! tough act to follow

Posted by: chuckwagon | Jan 31, 2014 8:13:27 PM

The real issue on the goal line sequence was not calling for the QB sneak on the 1/2 yard line on the play before the one that Cam is referring to. Because that play lost yardage. Cam tried to sneak it in from more than a yard out. Chris Scott fell on his block attempt, and Ahmad Brooks stopped Cam.

The other issue is the lack of flexibility when Ben Hartsock is in the game at TE. San Fran knows he's not a threat in the passing game, even on the goal line, so blocking prowess is mitigated against very good defenses because they know it's a run... they just have to account for Olsen if he releases. The 49ers did exactly that.

Improvements at RG and RT will allow us to put a 2nd TE in the game who can be an OK blocker but who can be a threat in the red zone to catch passes. This is how Seattle, San Fran, New Orleans, Denver and New England are set up at TE.

Posted by: Steven | Feb 1, 2014 8:00:53 AM

They better have a damn chip on their shoulders! The last Two playoff apprences with plenty of time for them to heal up and have extra scouting sessions with both ending up getting smacked in there own house! They better f-ing have the biggest chip on their shoulders that even people in Vegas can see because this wishie washy attitude should not be anywhere near their locker room. You guys let another team from the NFC West come to your house and send you packing home! That's BS! Step your coaching up! Step your game up and learn to adjust already! I hate the Pats but there's a reason their always doing really good year in and year out and that's because they ADJUST! Why the hell are they trying to keep Cam as a pocket passer so much?! A good mix between pocket passing to boot legs to option plays would keep opposing teams on their heals. We need better players on the O-line plus another WR that would make Smitty a #2 because LaFell isn't it and he's had plenty of time to make his mark and a great blocker isn't what we're looking for from him

Posted by: Chris Paul Saint James | Feb 1, 2014 11:41:09 AM

Kit Cat Cammie was already thinking about his Super Kitty move and lost his focus -- a legitimate Head Coach would put a stop to that nonsense.

5 winning seasons in 19 -- WHOOPEE!!!!!

0-4 following up a winner with a winner...is this The One?

Y-E-A-R 20?!?!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Feb 1, 2014 5:43:44 PM

If I were Cam I would worry about my accuracy like the bad throws he made in the SF game especially the last one that pretty much was the game and I expect Gettleman make Cam have back to back winning seasons before he offers him a big contract as this year there's Hardy to worry about first with CJ being over 30.

Posted by: Panthers1995 | Feb 2, 2014 12:19:57 PM

Fail nastar99....yet you continue to post do you get a kick out of doing that? I don't understand your purpose anymore.....

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Feb 2, 2014 6:27:37 PM

I thought he got in on second down, but no challenge from rowboat Ron.

Posted by: Ben | Feb 3, 2014 4:13:08 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Feb 10, 2014 11:49:41 AM

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