Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a very rough Super Bowl 50 Sunday night.
He couldn’t get any time to pass. He got hit. His receivers dropped balls. He got very frustrated. The NFL even misrepresented him in a tweet, one that said he was reacting to a Broncos score in a 24-10 loss. He was actually reacting to a defensive holding penalty -- one of many Panthers gaffe’s Sunday night -- that led to a Broncos score.
Down one score late, Von Miller knocked the ball out of Newton’s hands, and Newton didn’t try to dive on the football. Twitter killed him.
It just wasn’t a good night.
And afterwards, Newton wasn’t very forthcoming in his postgame interview session. He almost ventured into Marshawn Lynch territory, with barely audible, short answers and walked off the podium in response to a question that particularly seemed to trouble him.
Marshall Faulk, the former Rams star, said Newton would learn from is actions during the NFL Network postgame coverage.
“I’ve been on that podium in that very same seat,” Faulk said, reflecting on a Super Bowl loss as a player with the Rams. “It’s tough. It’s hard. When I look back at how I handled it, I promised to never be that person again. And Cam is gonna learn from this. Not just as a person, but definitely as a athlete. For some people, just like me, just like Cam, losing is hard. You can talk to whoever you want to, but until you’ve lost this game and sat on that stage and you had those feelings in you, you have no idea how it feels to get peppered with questions about how you played, how your team played and what woulda, coulda, shoulda. Talking to Cam does no good right now. When Cam watches this, he’s gonna learn from it.”
Deion Sanders said Cam is the face of the league as its newest MVP. He said Newton made a huge mistake by walking off like that.
“You can’t do that,” Sanders said. “A Manning, a Brady, all these guys that has been the prototypical quarterbacks in our league...they would not do that....You’re opening yourself up for more criticism. Everybody’s going to say, ‘You’re dabbin’ and smilin’ and stylin’ and profiling when you’re winning. So this is how you’re gonna act when you lose?’”
Faulk said the hurt and losing is new for Newton and he’s got to process it.
“I’m not saying (what he did) is right,” Faulk said. “Yes that immaturity, but it’s new for him because he hasn’t been through this. When he watches the film and sees the reaction of what it looks like, he’s going to learn from this, but right now, the hurt, he does not know what to do.”