Cam Newton has expressed his frustration about what he feels is the NFLs failure to provide him with protection on the field
Cam Newton has expressed his frustration about what he feels is the NFLs failure to provide him with protection on the field.
Newtons father had spoken out earlier in the season after his son had taken several helmet-to-helmet hits, for which opposition defenders were not penalized. On Sunday, Cam Newton was incensed when Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle smashed into the quarterbacks knees but was not punished.
Enough is enough, Newton said after Carolinas 30-20 win over Arizona on Sunday. I dont think theres a person that can go through what I go through and keep their head, you know what Im saying? Hits to the head, thats one thing, but when youre not protected in the pocket, thats another thing. It became the story of my life ever since I came in [to the league]. Its always, Oh, we missed that, Im sorry. Thats bull crap.
Newton said he intends to talk to the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell about his treatment. I just cant keep accepting, Oh, we missed that one, or I apologize for doing that or I didnt see it. Newton said. Thats horse crap. Coming from a person whos been fined before, coming from a person who everybodys expecting a lot from, Im still going. But yet, when you constantly see the hits, when you constantly see flags being picked up and flags not being thrown, and to see other quarterbacks getting it for lesser physical hits, its taking the fun for me out. Im just being honest about that.
Newton was not the only person complaining about a lack of protection on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had to leave the field twice after taking hits to the head in his teams game against the Indianapolis Colts. On one occasion the Colts safety Clayton Geathers pushed Smiths head into the turf and was not punished.
That led Smiths wife, Elizabeth, to speak out: How many hits does he have to take before a flag is thrown, she wrote on Twitter. Funny when some QBs gets tapped flags go flying.