In this NY Jets video, ex-quarterback Greg McElroy called out Cam Newton for his antics after Super Bowl 50 and why it will take time for him to surpass the negative impression left by him after the big game.
It’s safe to say that at the end of it all, Newton didn’t really use the best judgement in his post-game reaction after the Super Bowl. Granted, in the grand scheme of it all, losing is a part of the game but the way he handled it could have been more professional.
Our friends over at SI Wire recently caught up with McElroy who was a member of the Jets for two seasons to gather his thoughts on Newton and what the consequences will be for his actions. Take a look at it in its entirety below:
Now, Newton didn’t really “quit on his team” like McElroy says as it was more than likely the pressure of playing in his first Super Bowl combined with the incredible defense of the Denver Broncos led to him being uncomfortable throughout the entire game.
Newton didn’t look like his usual self as nothing was really going his way for the Panthers’ offense. Too many dropped passes, three and outs and the fact that they didn’t have their usual momentum on offense led to the Panthers losing in the big game. The difference maker wasn’t Peyton Manning but the swarming defense of the Broncos as they better team won the big game.
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When it comes to the fact that he didn’t dive onto the football during that crucial fumble, it’s rare to see a quarterback do something like that.
It’s understood that he didn’t want to hurt himself but again, it’s all part of the game. Anyone else, 10 out of 10 times would have jumped on top of a live football to maintain possession.
The one thing that is truly upsetting was how he handled the press conference after the Super Bowl. He was within listening distance to a player of the Broncos and heard how they knew to rattle him but that’s bad sportsmanship to walk out like that. Newton can’t be all happy go lucky, doing the dab and all those antics when he’s winning but being a sore loser when things aren’t going way.
Losing hurts and leaves a feeling that will last all offseason long but truth of the matter is, he should have handled everything with much more respect to the game and maintain his professionalism. Players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or even Joe Montana would never bolt out of a media press conference when they lost, no matter if it was a Super Bowl or not.
Overall, for the most part McElroy was right on what he called out Newton about. It’s going to take some time for people to forget his sore loser antics after the big game since it left a very bad impression for how he handled the media considering he still has a very bright future in the NFL. Hopefully he learned a lesson that at the end of the day, how you handle yourself on and off the field whether you win or lose is important in all aspects of being elite.