The Carolina Panthers had just ended a four-game losing streak with a 30-20 win over Arizona, and quarterback Cam Newton had an important message for the National Football League pointed directly at the refs. General Manager Dave Gettleman also spoke with the league office after the day after Newton told reporters that "I don't even feel safe" out on the football field. And enough is enough. Newton plans on talking with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the issue, which I simply say good luck with that. But it's not fun. The NFL can admit that it is wrong - it just has to admit when you are wrong too."I don't know". He was particularly incensed about a below-the-knees hit by Cardinals tackle Calais Campbell on which no foul was called.
If you missed the game, watch the highlights and you see Newton take several high hits, as well as one nasty hit to the knee which made it look as if he was lucky to escape unscathed.
The play was not penalized.
The story of my life ever since I came in is, Oh, oh, well, we missed that one.
Newton pointed out in his postgame press conference that other quarterbacks would earn flags for some of the same hits he absorbs, per Person.
"I got fined for that stuff myself", Greene said. "Look at the running backs, look at the receivers going across the middle, the linemen, you get rolled up on all the time".
Norman called out field judge Brad Freeman by uniform number and said: "I'm just going to be honest with you; I'm going to be straightforward: He was awful". When they get hit, they roll around to the ground.
"When I see other guys get calls, they don't have to be no MVP, they don't have to be this type of tier of a player", Newton said.
The play Newton complained about - and the National Football League admitted should have been flagged - was a low hit from Cardinals' defensive lineman Calais Campbell on Newton while the Panthers QB was in the pocket. "I understand. I get it".
During Week 3 of the 2015 season, Newton was running toward the sideline and took a seemingly late hit after throwing the ball. He understands he is often bigger than the players hitting him in those cases, and that can be hard to referee.
Some accused Newton of whining (including former NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira) pointing to the fact Newton has been the beneficiary of the most roughing the passer calls since he entered the league in 2011.
At 6-feet-6, 260 pounds, Newton also is considerably larger than most anyone else at his position, and big hits don't seem as damaging against a body bigger than most of the linebackers, safeties and cornerbacks dishing them out when Newton is outside the pocket.
However, a source told Pro Football Talk that NFL officials believe they've only missed three roughing-the-passer calls when it comes to Newton since the start of the 2013 season.
One play, in particular, appeared to bother him.