Cam Newton frustrated: "It's Still Not Good Enough"

QB Cam Newton Postgame Press Conference vs Saints

Watch quarterback Cam Newton's complete press conference following the Monday Night Football loss against the Saints.

RE: How does your shoulder feel?

It’s alright.

RE: Where did the offense struggle to find consistency after the Chris Manhertz touchdown?

I’m not sure. We didn’t hold up our end of the bargain today. We just didn’t sustain drives. The defense that we played against, they’re pretty good. We just have to do a better job. Our defense played a hell of a game and we have to reward them when they do those things. Two turnovers in the red zone. It just comes down to execution and sustaining drives. We didn’t do that.

RE: Thought on the touchdown attempt to Devin Funchess

I just tried to give him a chance. I saw man to man and he won. I was trying to give Fun [Devin Funchess] an opportunity. That’s pretty much it.

RE: What had to go differently to complete the pass to Devin Funchess?

I tried to give him an opportunity. I saw man to man. I tried to put it in an area where he could kind of contest it. It could be higher. It could be on the back pylon or whatever, but I mean that’s just the frustration of what these last couple of games have been. You wish you would have done this, you wish you would have done that. You try to hesitate and do certain things and be perfect, but it’s still not good enough.

RE: Correlation between practice reps and timing

You can point out or finger point, I wouldn’t necessarily say finger point, but you can wish you did certain things throughout the week. This has been my regimen for a while now. So me not throwing two days out of the week, I mean there are some things that you miss and at the end of the day you wish you could have those things back. You can’t practice enough. You can’t work on timing enough, but I don’t think certain things came down to timing today. Just poor execution.

RE: How ready are you to return to your normal routine?

I wish I could tell you. I think the frustration comes when you do any and everything to make sure your body is at peak performance. From cardio, treatment, practice, film, cardio, treatment, practice, film. It’s been repetition. I think it’s disheartening to me because there’s so much invested time put in. I don’t want to play the “woe is me” game, but I have to be better. That’s what’s so frustrating. When you want it so bad and you push. You put so much on your plate and you know it doesn’t come down to you, but at the end of the day you just have to uphold your end of the bargain. When certain things don’t happen, that’s when frustration comes. That’s why I’m frustrated. It’s not necessarily about practice, which it is to a degree, but when you’ve been doing something over a certain time you kind of get in a regimen of when you’re supposed to do certain things. Obviously my arm hasn’t allowed me to do a lot of practice. I’ve been on a pitch count for a long time, but at the end of the day it is what it is. That’s not a scape goat. That’s not something that I want people to bail me out on. It’s just something that is reality.

RE: How do you get off that pitch count?

I don’t know.

RE: What does your shoulder feel like after a game?

For people who…labrum, rotator cuff, just shoulder soreness. I wish I could say what the injury is because I don’t really know what it is either. No matter how much you push, no matter how much you ice, the antiinflammatory you take. Trust me, I’ve done it. Acupuncture, massages. There’s not a night that goes by without me getting some type of work done on my arm. You just don’t have the strength. From the range of motion, you work on the range of motion then come game time and you never know how the game can play out. Of course you try to stay under 25‐30 throws, but if you surpass that or you get hit on it or you have to run or you get tackled and fall on your shoulder, certain things happen. That’s the game of football. As far as stiffness, just muscle tension, there’s a lot going on. At the end of the day it’s not something that hasn’t got worse over the weeks or hasn’t got better over the weeks. It’s just been the same.

RE: Is the pain affecting how you throw the ball?

I wouldn’t say so, no. I think the thing is when you talk to the different people who can help you with it, there is no magical surgery. It’s just time. I’ve been hearing that since the injury happened, but when you look around the league and you see guys doing certain things that you know you’re capable of doing, whatever it is. I feel as if this team has everything that it needs to go to the next level. Even with me and the position that I am in, it still didn’t come down to my arm tonight. It still comes down to execution. You can’t praise the defense enough. Those guys battled, gave us opportunities, gave us opportunities and more opportunities. It’s just on us to sustain drives and take the tension and pressure off those.

RE: Key to tonight’s close game

It’s a divisional game. We are very familiar with what those guys do, even though this was our first time playing. And vice versa. I wasn’t shocked that the game played out the way it played out. We just have to find ways to win.

RE: Are you considering sitting out?

That’s not on me. My job is to do the things that I can control and for me at this particular point in time, I don’t have an answer for you. I know, and I’ll make public, that I have tried and done everything. I think the frustration, like I said before, comes when no matter what you do – you can rub magic dust on it, go to this or that person, have the placebo things done where you think certain things are what they are – and you come out and you’re still the same. Like I said, over the past couple of weeks nothing has really changed.

RE: Response to potentially being asked to sit out of Sunday’s game

I guess we’ll have to have that conversation if we have that conversation. I’m not looking forward to that conversation.

RE: How frustrating is it to not be able to do the things you know you can do?

I mean he [Ryan Kalil] knows. He had the same situation. Like I said, it’s one thing to have shoulder soreness, but when you talk about labrum and certain things on your throwing shoulder you just have to be very strategic of how you do certain things. The way I play, it is what it was. I don’t necessarily know when it happened. It felt good early on, but from running to constant throwing, but whatever.

RE: Will it bother you if you’re not on the field Sunday?

I don’t know.

RE: Would you consider surgery?

I don’t know. At this particular point, I don’t know. I’ve been eager to go to RV’s office every week, eager to find out what it is. Did you find what it is? What am I supposed to do? What do we have to do? It is what it is. It is what we expect it to be. It’s not getting better, it’s not getting worse. It’s just a lot of soreness and tension in the joints.

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