Newton, who went 16/30 for 242 yards and tossed three interceptions last night, appeared gloomy in video during his post game press conference. His words depressing, yet powerful given the poise fans are used to seeing Newton carry himself with.
Yes, his on field Superman celebration following Carolina’s only touchdown of the night late in the third quarter might have been a little over the top, but proved mute following his post game comments.
First, Newton failed to give the Giants credit for their great effort while having to battle without four critical offensive players.
Newton had this to say about the Giants and his team, “It was nothing they did; it was all on us. Of course, they have elite defensive linemen and elite players on their defense, but it wasn’t so much what they did as what we didn’t do.”
Newton is somewhat right. The Panthers didn’t perform on either side of the football and in fact looked asleep at times on defense. Maybe that was because Giants quarterback Eli Manning lolled them to sleep with his quiet ability to surgically dissect Carolina’s secondary. Maybe that was because the Panthers failed to get any kind of pressure on Manning, seemingly giving him all day in the pocket.
Look, Newton should have given New York a nod during his press conference. Yes, getting destroyed on national television isn’t any fun and Newton clearly hates to lose, but the right thing to do would have been to give the Giants credit for showing up to play on Thursday night. They were the ones who had to board a plane and travel south cutting into their window of preparation to face Newton’s Panthers.
The second quote dealt with Panthers fans and was probably accurate to how fans were feeling after the game.
Newton said in regards to being a Panthers fan, “Who wants to support something that puts on a performance of embarrassment? If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers, I would be holding my head down in shame of the product that was out there today.”
A little misguided given that it should be the Panthers players hanging their heads after the loss to the Giants, but hey, its only week three and Carolina has time to rebound.
They need to put this one behind them and chalk it up to being a young football team that wasn’t ready for the short week of preparation.
The Giants on the other hand, proved that they are indeed capable of defending their title. After last night, they should feel the same way. They stared adversity in the face and easily overcame it.