Cam Newton, understandably upset about suffering a loss in the Super Bowl, was extremely sullen during his postgame availability. His answers were short and to the point before he walked off abruptly.
Newton repeatedly admitted the Panthers were outplayed but declined to elaborate.
“It wasnt nothing special that they did,” he said. “We dropped balls, turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes.”
Pundits on ESPN and NFL Network immediately criticized him for the way he handled the difficult moment.
The biggest story coming into the game was Newton’s polarity, but even his toughest critic wouldn’t pin this loss on him. His offensive line and receiving corps were both lackluster and forced him into extremely difficult situations.
His postgame actions, however, will be an issue of his own creation.