How Cam Newton’s complaints keep him relevant

After Sunday’s game, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton stated that he doesn’t feel safe and isn’t having fun anymore, alluding to the fact that officials aren’t calling enough roughing the passer hits to him in the pocket. However, it seems that Newton is merely looking for an excuse as to why he isn’t good anymore.

It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me. At times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. And I don’t know what I have to do.

Cam Newton after Sunday’s game

Just stop whining! Newton has been in the league for 6 seasons, nothing about getting hit should be new to him. All it sounds like he is doing is setting up an exit strategy and trying to blame it all on someone else instead of taking responsibility for his lackluster season.

The Panthers are 2-5 this season and Newton has passed for 1,508 yards with just eight touchdowns.

I would agree with his complaints if the stats ruled in his favor. But as it is, he isn’t getting hit anymore than the average quarterback in the league. He isn’t even first on the list.

Yes, it is true that refs are not perfect and that they will miss calls, even big calls. And Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers aren’t the first to deal with blown calls on the field. However, when things are missed during a game, typically NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes sure wrongs are righted off the field.

Cam is known for not handling the press in a dignified manner. Everyone remembers his famous pout after losing the Super Bowl last season? By complaining to the press right after the game about the officiating and how he doesn’t want to be hit anymore in the pocket creates a giant sign on his back saying he is weak and opens himself as a target to other players.

And other QBs in the league aren’t having any of Newton’s complaining.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart talked on a Philadelphia radio show how he sees a ‘diva mentality’ in Newton.

I wish he could have given a little bit more of an effort and sacrificed himself as opposed to going in and seeing the defender going down for the ball and you step right out. At least kick the ball! Give me something! And he didn’t.

Kordell Stewart

What is even more unfortunate than Cam’s complaints is his wardrobe, which came very close to outshining the point he was trying to make. Just a heads up Cam, the next time you address the public with something important to say, try not to look like a 5-year-old whose mom just let them dress themselves for the first time.

In the end, Cam Newton feels that he had a ‘great discussion’ with Goodell, easing the temper tantrum for the meantime.