In the minds of the Carolina Panthers faithful, quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t been “getting” the calls other MVP signal callers have over the last decade, and Carolina is so frustrated about it, they have taken their complaints directly to the commissioner.
ESPN reporter Ed Werder reports Panthers coach Ron Rivera expressed concerns about Cam Newton’s protection in a phone conversation Monday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
This comes less than 24 hours after Newton explained why “it’s not fun” to get hit when the referees aren’t there to protect him.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me honestly,” Newton said after the Panthers’ 30-20 win over the Cardinals on Sunday according to NFL.com. “Because at times I don’t even feel safe. And enough is enough. I plan on talking to Commissioner Goodell about this. But it’s not fun. And I don’t know what I have to do.”
He even went on to say he’s taken hits that have drawn flags for other quarterbacks but not for him.
“The story of my life ever since I came in is, ‘Oh, oh well we missed that one, I’m sorry, we’ll try to get it.’ That’s bullcrap, that’s bullcrap,” he said.
Newton took a low hit from Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell on Sunday, but there was no flag. In Week 1 in the season opener, Newton took numerous helmet-to-helmet hits against the Broncos that were not called penalties.
Some have compared this problem to the issues the NBA had officiating center Shaquille O’Neal in his prime. These two athletes are so big and physical, it’s hard for referees to see illegal and borderline illegal hits because the opposition basically needs to be extra forceful to slow them down. However, that doesn’t mean Newton and his coach don’t have a point.