Cam Newton Thinks Winning Will Help Salvage His Image, and More NFC South News

Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeenNFC South Lead WriterNovember 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers fumbles the ball while being tackled by Major Wright #21 of the Chicago Bears on the goal line on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Panthers recovered the ball and scored a touchdown on the play. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Cam Newton sees to think that he's being treated unfairly in the media, according to a video of a recent press conference on the Charlotte Observer's website.

"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.


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution lists three key matchups in Atlanta's Sunday night game with Dallas.

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.


Carolina Panthers

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]


New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees believes that the Saints offense is a "30-40 point a game offense" and therefore should be able to beat teams no matter how bad the defense is. [WWL-TV]

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.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune wrote that the Buccaneers made the right move dealing Aqib Talib to the Patriots.

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.