QB Cam Newton: "A great quarterback is only as good as his kicker."

QB Cam Newton Postgame Press Conference vs Giants

RE: Vantage point during Graham Gano’s 63-yard field goal

I always have the same vantage point. I get right where the snapper is, take a knee, and wait. As soon as he kicked it, I didn’t do something that I always do. Mayhem broke out. I usually try to touch every single person that’s out there, but everybody rushed out there. So, I just went to Graham. I am happy that we got a kicker like that. A wise man once told me that a great quarterback is only as good as his kicker. Over the years you see so many quarterbacks get bailed out by the kickers. I shouldn’t say bailed out, I’ll just say helped out and Graham put the whole team on his back today. Well, on his toe today.

RE: Thoughts going in to Panthers’ final possession

I better figure something out. I’ve got to do something. It was such a sub-par game as far as production on my part, but you’re going to have games like this. Ugly wins, but I’ll take it. This team is going to keep growing, keep building, and the fact that we had this type of game was good for our morale going forward. This was as close as any playoff game we’ve played. I know it’s just the fourth game for us this year, but we still need to build that type of steam of how to win football games and I’m happy we did that today.

RE: His block

Did you see it? Did TD [Thomas Davis] see it? I want to make sure TD saw it. We’ve got us a thing and now he’s back at practice and I can’t wait to show him. Matter of fact, he’s going to come watch film with us just so I can tell him that he’s lucky I wear the red jersey in practice. At the end of the day, I was just trying to do my job. I always say, whatever coach asks from me: running the football, throwing the football, blocking, catching. I’m a football player. I just try to put my team in the best situation.

RE: Were you imagining it was Thomas Davis during that block?

Never, never, never. Those type of thoughts are only in training camp. But if he were to have some type of altercation with me, I could just tell him that I’ve got film. He’s got a lot of film too, but I’m 6-6, 250 lbs. You know what I’m saying? I never really liked the Bulldogs anyway, but that’s neither here nor there.

RE: Wide receivers’ ability to compile yards after the catch

These guys are very dangerous, elite route runners, and elite run-after-catch guys. They turn into running backs or fullbacks. It’s physical. As a DB you’re really not known for your tackling ability and for those guys to have that mentality to get upfield and make as much as possible, it only helps the team. As the game keeps going and going, they’ll get more confidence in themselves and the whole plan. We’ll be better from it. Fun [Devin Funchess] had a very fun, quiet, good game. A lot of big key catches and everybody is peaking right when we need them to peak. The moment wasn’t too big for us as an offense to win or to get the ball in winning position later in the game. That’s what you like to see.

RE: Meaning of 3-0 at home, Thomas Davis & Greg Olsen coming back

Great. Like I said, we’re peaking in the right spots, but nothing is going to be given to us. We understand that we’re in one of the most, if not the most, competitive division in football. Every game counts.

RE: Curtis Samuel’s return

Cupid has come along and helped us. He’s always been a key asset for us. Ever since day one, I don’t understand or he may not understand his threshold of greatness. Today you saw it. A guy who is very slippery when he gets the ball, resilient when he’s running, and shows you the capabilities that he has. Like I told him after the game, you just have to build on it. He’s such a young, fun, exuberant player. We have to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.

RE: 4th and inches to Jarius Wright

Janky. He’s like a little roach. I say that with all respect. He’s always in the crevices. Sneaky, very sneaky. I love him too. The moment is never too big for him to make that play. He’s very deceptive and for him to be in that position and for him to be the second read on that, he made the most of it and got some run after the catch.

RE: What was said in the huddle during the Giants’ late lead?

We kind of do this once per week, practice two-minute drills. I was kind of ticked preparing for a two this week. I don’t’ know if anyone knew, but I threw a pick. Just the law of astrology, I gave a lot of energy to that. So that’s why I think I threw some picks today, but we didn’t have a good showing in practice. I wanted to bounce back from that and [Graham] Gano makes a lot of wrongs right today. I’m just happy we were able to win today.

RE: Eric Reid kneeling during National Anthem

How did he play? Okay, cool. I mean, that’s all the things that I really care about. We are all entitled to our own opinions. As the man that he is, anything that he stands for, as his teammate I’m going to stand with him too. If he feels a type of way, obviously we have to talk about it as men. We are all held to a high standard and at this particular point, he understands that he’s on a team that has a lot of weapons and he’s one of those weapons. So for all I care, as long as he’s out there not being a distraction. I didn’t see a distraction today. He has value to this team, valuable points that he’s standing for or kneeling for or whatever. At the end of the day you’ve got to respect it. That’s how I feel.

RE: Is Mike Adams going to let you know about his 2 interceptions tomorrow in practice?

Nah, Old School ain’t like that. Old School is one of those old, lunch pail, get in work hard and get out, deceptive type of players. If Cap [Munnerlyn] would have had the game that he had, he would have told everybody. He probably would have had a big banner or helicopter riding around the whole thing. Not Old School. He’s a person that comes to work, a very cerebral guy. I’ve seen it on the sideline, the guys that have been running the same exact kind of RPO and didn’t get bit again. I’m happy that happened during that time because it came off a pick that I threw, but at the same time I have to do a better job protecting the football.

RE: Was the Giants defense doing anything different to pressure you?

No, no, no. It was a lack of focus and I’ve got to be better.


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