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Cam Newton, Steve Smith Quarrel on the Sidelines, and More NFC South News

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 20:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 12, 2016

There may be some bad blood between quarterback Cam Newton and wide receiver Steve Smith after Thursday night's heated conversation on the sideline, and more importantly, Smith's talking about it with the media on Friday.

Smith told the Charlotte Observer that he had "unchoice words" for Newton late in the fourth quarter after Newton threw his third interception of the night and sulked on the sideline away from his team.

Smith wanted Newton to stand up and honorably take the beating from the New York Giants with the rest of his teammates. Instead—and this has been a problem since Newton entered the league—the quarterback sat alone, letting his foul emotions get the best of him.

The TV cameras didn't catch the event for broadcast, Smith told the media about it the next day. Because conversations like that are usually left private, head coach Ron Rivera hopes that the two will be able to mend their relationship before Sunday's Week 4 game.

“I think if two players talk about things, hopefully it stays between them and then we move on from there and starting thinking about the fact that we have to play Atlanta on Sunday,” Rivera told the Observer.

 

Atlanta Falcons

Defensive end John Abraham was arrested Monday night on two counts of misdemeanor obstruction of justice, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta Field Report lists seven things it learned from Sunday's win in San Diego.

 

Carolina Panthers

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott told the Charlotte Observer that he felt the defense took a step back on Thursday, but that it was too early to start tinkering with the lineup.

The debate over whether Cam Newton should have celebrated his third-quarter touchdown even though his team was down 23-6 is raging. Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer thinks he shouldn't have.

 

New Orleans

After looking at film, this Times-Picayune article thinks the Saints offense self destructed over the span of 12 plays.

Drew Brees was not happy about the officiating debacle at the end of Monday Night Football, and said as much via Twitter.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rookie running back Doug Martin has drawn comparisons to Ray Rice. Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report said those comparisons need to stop for the time being.

In a Tampa Tribune Q&A, the question about finding another option at quarterback besides Josh Freeman was asked and answered.

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