Cam Newton: We have to play better complementary football

QB Cam Newton addresses the media after the Panthers dropped their third straight game, this time against Seattle.

RE: Effect of today’s outcome on future games

I hope we learn from it. I feel like every game, win or loss, you just have to keep getting better each and every week. That’s what I hope. I feel as if, personally, some things that I’ve got to sure up and get better. That’s the only thing that I can really control. I’ve got to try to be my best self and put the best product out there to help my team win.

RE: Today’s loss versus other losses

We play to win. No matter what the turnout is, the most important statistic in all of sports is winning and losing. We fell short today. We’ve just got to look ourselves in the mirror, understand what we aren’t, and fix it. That’s the truth be told. We lack a lot of things, but we’re great at a lot of other things too. Whether that’s offensively, at the quarterback position, whether that’s special teams or even defensively. We can’t fool ourselves. This is our third loss. At the end of the day, there’s no need to panic, but we need to seize the moment better than we are.

RE: What Panthers need to do better

We have to play better complimentary football. That’s the difference between good teams and great teams. When the defense gets stops, we have to score points. When we come up short, we have to succeed on special teams. That’s where we are right now. Nobody is to blame. This is a team loss. We have to understand that we have to be a better team.

RE: Importance of recognizing who the Panthers are as a team

Absolutely. Knowing is the first step. We did a lot of good things today, but it wasn’t good enough. We show a lot of flashes, but at the same time we miss a lot of layups. We just have to sure it up and when we click, it’s a thing of beauty. Having nine guys understand what they’re supposed to do, having 10 guys knowing what they’re supposed to do, and one mishap. We understand that the perfect game is still out there. For what it is, we still can play within our means. We have great players on this team that can make a big impact.

RE: Red zone 4th down run and interception

I felt as if I got the first down, but I didn’t get it. So therefor I didn’t get it. A good play by the defensive back and the interception. Things happen. You can’t squeeze your cheeks in anticipation to beat a team like this. You understand that you have to fight fire with fire. This is an aggressive, talented defense and we know when the opportunity is there you have to cash in on it. You win some, you lose some. For us, we just have to keep getting better.

RE: Panthers’ final drive

There are a lot of things that we wish we would have done, had, wished, hoped, and whatever. Guys still have to do their job, you still have to move the football, and you still need stops at the end of the day. I take it personal that here we are. Three weeks ago, if someone would have said that this is what was going to happen, I would have slapped them, but things happen and nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We’re just opening up a lot of hope for other teams that we can’t bear to allow happen. For us, we just have to turn the page and get ready for our next opponent.

RE: Jarius Wright’s comment about Panthers potential to win 5 consecutive games

We need one win. Let’s just start with one win. Everybody who is looking at the calendar and saying, “We can beat this team. We can beat that team. We play them at home”. We need one win and we can start with that. We have a lot of capabilities and a lot of potential, but I’ve said it before, potential has never did us nothing.

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