QB Cam Newton: "We've got to start faster"

Quarterback Cam Newton talks about Carolina's tough road loss at Washington.

On first half turnovers:

"I think that is the difference in the game. In this league, it is all about creating turnovers and capitalizing on turnovers. And those guys did. We kind of dug ourselves into a hole early, but we still found a way to put ourselves in a winning position. But we didn’t and we will get better from it."

On if this is the slowest start they've had this season:

"One of our keys to the game, at least every game is to start fast and we didn’t do that today. That is just a lack of focus on our part. That is not necessarily one particular person. I had a turnover, a couple turnovers. At the end of the day, you just got to be better and that is what it comes down to."

On how they stay even from an adrenaline high last week to a tough loss this week:

"At the end of the day, you have a job and responsibility to do. You know that you have won football games and that’s what we try to do moving forward. Obviously this is a tough pill to swallow. When you put so much energy, time, effort into something and you don’t get the turnout that you want, but at the end of the day, no one is going to feel sorry for you. We don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for us. We just got to get right for next time."

On the interception where he got hit:

"I did, I did. I just tried to give Fun [WR Devin Funchess] a chance. But like I said, you just got to protect the football better and it starts with me. It felt like we got everything that we wanted I just got pushed in the pocket and still tried to force it. Like I said it can’t happen."

On overall thoughts of the game:

"We have all been there. We have all had games where we would like to have certain things go back. I think this is one of the games where I wish I could even have some things back. You just got to roll with the punches, roll with the punches and mature as a team. Certain things we know we just got to be better with and that is protecting the football. We came into a hostile environment. We got a lot of fan support. But at the end of the day, it comes down to how we execute. When we put the body of work in. In the drives, it was evident that we were trying to create some type of fluidity in ourselves. We got to work faster and that's it."

On the three attempts at the end of the game: "They all felt good."

On his confidence level on the final drive: "Extremely confident."

On targeting Panthers WR Torrey Smith:

"You just have to be a professional. Nobody cares. Nobody cares if you haven’t gotten targets all game. Torrey is a professional and he knows how the game goes. Sometimes you may have 11 catches, sometimes you may have one catch and that one catch may be for the game. At the end of the day, you have to be ready for your job."

On how frustrating today was:

"You have games and days like that. I don’t know what to say. We’ll get better from it. No need to keep sobbing from it. My days of sobbing are over with. I’m excited for what the future holds. I hope we get to see this team again."

On WR Devin Funchess and CB Josh Norman:

"Coach Fun is good at a lot of things and that’s just him being him. Trust me, I’m good."

On TE Greg Olsen:

"He played good. We just have to keep feeding our playmakers. We have a lot of playmakers on the team and the field that are capable of changing the game. Some throws got away from me today. Some passes got away from receivers. At the end of the day, we just have to find ways to win football games. I can’t stress that enough."

On the final drive not running the ball:

"It’s hard to run the football when you only get … We just call the plays and execute the plays that coaches call. I feel extremely confident in [Offensive Coordinator] Norv [Turner] and the play selection that he has had up until this point. I don’t plan on that changing."

On talk from Redskins CB Josh Norman and if he reacted in any way:

"No, I just told him to keep that same energy. They got the juice. They won, no need in me talking. I don’t want to have a Twitter beef with anybody."

On if he gave WR DJ Moore words of encouragement:

"It’s alright. He’ll learn from it. He’s young. At the end of the day, we all have to be better. Not just him. Everyone has to be better. I had some throws, like I said, that I wish I had back. Last drive. That’s the game of football. It’s a cliché saying that you live to fight another day, and we have another day come next week."


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