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January 11, 2015

Sherman: Seahawks made Newton pay for bad decisions

Say this for Cam Newton: He went down swinging.

A few days before the Panthers' divisional-round matchup at Seattle, Newton said he wouldn't shy away from challenging Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.

It wasn't trash talk from Newton, who correctly said he'd throw where his reads took him.

And in the first quarter of a scoreless game, Newton threw deep down the right sideline for Philly Brown.

Not deep enough.

Sherman came down with his first playoff interception. He later jumped a slant route but couldn't hold on to the ball.

After the Seahawks' 31-17 win Saturday, Sherman crowed a bit to NFL Network, saying he should have had two or three picks. He also brought up Newton's comments.

"I didn't think he'd throw that go ball, but obviously he decided to make that decision," Sherman told the network. "I heard earlier in the week he was going to try me. He didn't care what side he threw it to, and you've got to make him pay for those bad decisions."

(Link to Sherman's interview with NFL Network, Newton comments come around 1:40 mark.)

The pick by Sherman proved to be the least costly of Newton's three turnovers. It was basically a punt and led to no Seattle points.

Newton gave Sherman credit afterward, but defended his approach.

"We know who Richard Sherman is, but yet I said that I am not going to not throw to his side as if it dictates our pass scheme," Newton said. "We can't just eliminate that side of the field. Don't get me wrong, he is a great player on top of a lot of great players on that defense."

Newton's fumble on a bad zone-read exchange with running back Jonathan Stewart gave Seattle a short (28-yard) field and set up the Seahawks' first touchdown.

There was confusion during and after the game about how defensive end Michael Bennett came through the left side of the line unblocked to disrupt the play. Newton indicated the crowd noise prevented all the linemen from getting the call.

"That was a read play. I don't think it was blocked right, but that's what happens when you play in a hostile environment," Newton said. "A lot of people heard one thing, and others heard something else."

Newton's worst giveaway was his last one: Kam Chancellor's pick-six in the fourth quarter that sealed it for the Seahawks.

That play was designed to go away from Sherman's side. But first-year receiver Brenton Bersin, the first read, slipped in his route.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Newton was a little late coming back to the right side, allowing Chancellor to break in front of tight end Ed Dickson and deliver the dagger.

"The difference was just missed opportunities," Newton said. "I did a bad job of protecting the football, and when you're playing a great defense you just have to take what they give you."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on January 11, 2015 at 08:46 AM | Permalink

Comments

Proud of this team. Proud of these players. Proud of these coaches. Build on the last month and a half, rest up, address the needs you have, and get back after it in OTAs. Mission is clear now and we have the guys to do it. KEEP POUNDING

Posted by: Genius | Jan 11, 2015 11:46:01 AM

Yea okay?

Posted by: Cam Sucks | Jan 11, 2015 12:09:56 PM

Whats to be proud of? All we did was beat below average teams, and a decimated Cardinals with a third string quarterback. We screwed ourselves out of a early draft pick. We are stuck at the 25th pick now. Wake up!!! Earth to Mr. Genius.

Posted by: Cam Sucks | Jan 11, 2015 12:21:23 PM

Saying Cam sucks, says nothing intelligent about him and less about you. Football players and coaches play to win, not draft their replacements. Kelvin was a 28th pick and a very smart choice. Teams that draft high are usually not smart teams and get it wrong anyway. In this case the saying, what's in a name, applies to you and the Genius correctly.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jan 11, 2015 12:52:51 PM

"Cam Sucks", your name and your idea that the Panthers should have played for a draft pick is a loser's mentality. The Panthers will be fine if the GM doesn't totally dismantle the Dbs and WRs corp in a repeat of last's year bad decision.

Posted by: Chuck | Jan 11, 2015 1:26:52 PM

I think everyone posting needs some crack sprinkled on them.

Posted by: The Cracken | Jan 11, 2015 1:27:32 PM

Sportsdon is a fukn moron!

Posted by: Cam Sucks | Jan 11, 2015 1:28:10 PM

All top tier offensive tackles and quarterbacks are gone by the 25th pick. Teams don't let good offensive tackles just walk away.

Posted by: Cam Sucks | Jan 11, 2015 2:10:57 PM

In free agency, I meant.

Posted by: Cam Sucks | Jan 11, 2015 2:11:23 PM

Heyyyyyyy, I'm the only moron here!

Posted by: Moron | Jan 11, 2015 2:18:29 PM

Cam has proven he cannot win VS a top defense and has turnovers in critical situations over and over he just will never be a top tier QB and we need to look for his replacement.

Posted by: QB | Jan 11, 2015 6:24:28 PM

Get Cam some receivers with speed who know how to get open and can catch the ball and he will do fine.

Posted by: Archie | Jan 11, 2015 6:31:53 PM

All the teams still playing next weekend didn't get there by losing for high draft picks.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Jan 11, 2015 11:40:19 PM

Sportsdon, they also have good GM's who find quality throughout the draft and not just the first and second rounds.

Posted by: Everette Brown | Jan 12, 2015 8:33:03 AM

Most teams with the four changes below would have lost 12+ games so i am proud of the team and i think with another OT and WR thrown in the mix they are set to be make a run next year!

1) lost three of top six o-linemen to retirement. //Took more than half the season but they have a nice line now to build on. Spend the 1st rounder on the best OT on the board to at least add depth.

2) lost two WRs (LaFell and Ginn) to big contracts which we coudn't match since we needed to sign Hardy. Then cut Steve Smith because he wouldn't take a pay cut. //All new WR core took some time to settle in but Benjamin and Brown are long term Panthers. I think spending a second rounder on another WR is a good idea - although i expect these young guys (including the Blond Flash) to really improve in the offseason.

3) lost two starters in the secondary to big contracts we couldn't match since we needed to sign Hardy (Captain and Mitchell). This took more than half the year to get set but i really like our top three DBs (Norman, Bene and White) and i like Colin Jones and Tre Boston for the long term and Harper for a couple more years. I would draft a corner in the third round to add depth and perhaps add a safety late - although i also still like Lester.

4) Greg Hardy mess.... //this one created a void in the D-line we didn't expect. We had three DEs step up to fill it with Horton, Ealy and Addison all having decent years. They will be even better next year and Alexander will be in the mix too. I think i would consider a second or third rounder on a DT if there is a good one on the board. Just because Edwards and Cole are FAs. I would like to resign them but other teams might offer too much to match.

Posted by: Dom | Jan 12, 2015 1:19:34 PM

I would also consider drafting a RB in the second or third round - just depends on who is on the board. CB, WR or RB - whichever has the most talented player on the board in the second round. First round has to be another OT though - even if they end up backing up Bell for a couple seasons. We are so thin at OT we really don't have a choice in the first round.

Posted by: Dom | Jan 12, 2015 1:23:14 PM

Cam is going to get paid, he a TOP 10 QB in the NFL and will win Championships! Chew on that!

Posted by: NFL Evaluator | Jan 12, 2015 3:02:31 PM

Only championships Cam will win is on the playstation.

Posted by: Al Michaels | Jan 13, 2015 9:15:39 AM

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