Besides getting blasted for storming out of the press conference after the Superbowl, Cam Newton also received plenty of criticism from the media for his reaction following a fumble.
Down 16-10 with 4:09 left in the fourth, Cam Newton fumbled the ball and Denver recovered to virtually seal the Superbowl victory for the Broncos. On the recovery, however, the announcers criticized Cam for not jumping into the pile, claiming he was playing soft. Instead, Newton can very clearly be seen jumping backwards to avoid contact.
Now, there are plenty of valid explanations as to why you wouldn’t want to jump into the pile. Perhaps Cam misjudged the bounce. Perhaps he was positioning himself in case the ball popped out of the pile. Perhaps he didn’t know where the ball was.
Well, Cam put an end to any speculation why he didn’t dive in head first…in the worst way possible.
Talking to Carolina reporters on Tuesday, Cam had the following to say about the situation:
“I didn’t dive on one fumble because the way my leg was. It could have been contorted in a way. You say my effort? I didn’t dive down. I fumbled. That’s fine. That’s fine. We didn’t lose the game because of that fumble.”
Yeah, so Cam didn’t dive in because he was scared of getting hurt. This was probably the worst answer the young QB could give and all the criticism levied on him seems pretty appropriate right now.
We’ll have to see how this plays out in the future, but for someone playing the “I hate losing” card, not giving 100% in the biggest game of your life because you’re scared of an injury seems a little off.