"When you pour your heart out and you tell it like it is you get condemned," said Newton. "When you try to do what people are already expecting and you already said it, or say it, you get condemned.
"I think the root of all evil for that is just to win football games."
Winning would be a good first step in the battle of Newton fixing his image as a bad teammate and a terrible loser. Fox Sports analysts recently criticized Newton for not thanking wide receiver Louis Murphy after Newton fumbled on the goalline during the Week 8 game in Chicago and Murphy fell on it, preserving a Carolina score.
Instead Newton jogged off the field.
As long as Newton is pouting on the sidelines and during post-game press conferences, and as long as he's making mistakes on the football field, he should expect criticism when he makes the slightest "me" decision.
The right move would have been to jog to the end zone and celebrate six points for the Panthers. Instead Newton left the field, likely upset about the fumble.
Winning would help a little, but not as much as a change of attitude on newton's part.
Akeem Dent and Mike Peterson will get extra work Sunday with Sean Weatherspoon ruled out for the game against Dallas, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jordan Gross set a franchise record with his 142nd start last week in Chicago. According to the Charlotte Observer, Gross is now the longest tenured Panther ever.
The trade deadline came and went for the Panthers, who made no moves Thursday. [Charlotte Observer]
The Saints had already cut wide receiver Greg Camarillo twice this season, according to the Times-Picayune, but still brought him back for a third time on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Times pulls the off-the-field matters out of the equation and looks at the Aqib Talib trade purely from a football standpoint.