Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert to Cam Newton: ‘Don’t Be Out There If You’re Scared’
by: Black Adam Schefter On Tuesday, November 1, 2016
On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers improved their record to 2-5 after a 30-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals. However, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was still upset after the game and blasted officials for taking the fun out of football because he doesn’t feel safe.
“It’s really taking the fun out of the game for me — honestly, it really is,” Newton said. “At times, I don’t even feel safe. Enough is enough. I plan on talking to commissioner Goodell about this. It’s not fun, and I don’t know what I have to do.”
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert believes Cam should stop the complaining because when he was delivering the big hits last year, he was still dancing. He went on to bring up Ben Roethlisberger, who he is responsible for protecting every Sunday.
“Ben gets hit more than anybody in the league, and he never complains. C’mon, man. This is the game of football,” Gilbert said. “If you’re out there and you’re scared to take a shot, then don’t be out there, especially if you’re a running quarterback. [Defenses] are going to take shots at you. Just the way, his style of playing football, how he celebrates, I guess he gives the guys a chip, like let’s go hit the reigning NFL MVP.”
“When he’s running over people, he’s going to stand right up and he’s going to celebrate,” Gilbert said. “This is the game of football. I’m sure there are cornerbacks or linebackers, whoever he’s running over, the safeties, they aren’t complaining about getting run over or getting crowned, facemask to facemask with the quarterback from a guy his size. Of course, guys are going to take shots … I don’t think anybody is trying to purposefully hurt him, but you’re going to get those extra hits, especially against such a great player.”
Gilbert played briefly with Cam Newton during their time at the University of Florida, before Cam left for Blinn College following allegations of cheating.
“If you don’t like it, then tell the coach or the coordinator to change the whole game plan,” Gilbert said. “Try to do something to protect you, because back a couple of years ago, when Ben was getting hit a lot, we had to change our offense a little bit, put in a little extra protection to help him stay upright because he is the franchise player.”
“I’m sure all the other 53 guys on that team are hurting just as bad and pretty much take a lot of shots, too,” Gilbert said. “Look at the running backs, look at the receivers going across the middle, the linemen, you get rolled up on all the time. It’s just a football game, bro. You’ve got to embrace it, you’ve got to accept the challenge that’s ahead of you, you have to go out there and play ball.”