In the first primetime game of his young career, Cam Newton stunk up Bank of America Stadium, throwing three interceptions in Thursday night’s loss 36-7 blowout loss to the Giants.
Late in the fourth quarter, cameras caught the Panthers’ franchise quarterback sitting alone on the bench, looking completely disinterested while backup Derek Anderson handled garbage time duty.
Superman had met his kryptonite.
However, things went from sad to just bizarre when Newton took the podium for his postgame press conference, refusing to open his eyes while answering questions.
The pity party did not go over well with receiver Steve Smith, who openly criticized Newton for his behavior using some “unchoice words.”
“I watched D.A. and Jimmy (Clausen), they don’t play in 20-something games last year,” Smith said, via the Charlotte Observer. “And they get up and they observe and learn and get those mental reps,” Smith said. “I told him, ‘You can get some mental reps or you can sit on that benc...