SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Following a 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton kept his answers terse with the press.
"We had our opportunities," Newton said. "There wasn't nothing special that they did. We dropped balls. We turned the ball over, gave up sacks, threw errant passes. That's it. They scored more points than we did."
When asked to put his disappointment into words, all Newton would say was, "We lost." He then abruptly got up and walked out of the interview.
Newton, named the 2015 NFL MVP on Saturday, finished the day 18 for 41 for 265 yards and those three turnovers (two fumbles, one interception).
During NFL Network post-game coverage, former Rams star Marshall Faulk said Newton should not have walked out on the media and will hopefully learn from this experience.
“I’ve been on that podium in that very same seat,” Faulk said, reflecting on a Super Bowl loss as a player with the Rams. “It’s tough. It’s hard. When I look back at how I handled it, I promised to never be that person again. And Cam is gonna learn from this. Not just as a person, but definitely as a athlete. For some people, just like me, just like Cam, losing is hard. You can talk to whoever you want to, but until you’ve lost this game and sat on that stage and you had those feelings in you, you have no idea how it feels to get peppered with questions about how you played, how your team played and what woulda, coulda, shoulda. Talking to Cam does no good right now. When Cam watches this, he’s gonna learn from it.”
Deion Sanders said Newton made a huge mistake by walking off like he did.
“You can’t do that,” said Sanders. “A Manning, a Brady, all these guys that has been the prototypical quarterbacks in our league...they would not do that....You’re opening yourself up for more criticism. Everybody’s going to say, ‘You’re dabbin’ and smilin’ and stylin’ and profiling when you’re winning. So this is how you’re gonna act when you lose?’”