Sunday may have been Cam Newton’s last home game at Carolina, but it certainly sounded like it must be his last time in the league overall after this season is done.
“Football has been good to me,” Newton said. “I was able to walk away unscathed. I don’t want to sound like I’m retiring, but I’ve had some great memories…It takes more than one guy. I had a moment on the sideline, you look back over the years and the guys who taught you…they understood what Keep Pounding meant.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m so let down because the city of Charlotte has been good to me…You feel empty, like damn, are you good enough? I’m not going to complain about getting into a rhythm, about what this person didn’t do…I’m going to be a man and take responsibility.”
Newton completed 7 of 13 tases for 61 yards with an interception. He rushed for 42 yards.
Reporters asked the veteran QB if he thought this was his last go-round.
“Nah, I don’t feel like that,” Newton said. “You’ve got guys in that locker room you can win with. You’ve got coaches in that locker you can win with. I hate the circumstances were what they were. I’m still learning the offense. Let’s be honest.
“I wasn’t good enough today. I know that. Was that a good team? Absolutely…For me, I appreciate coach Rhule for challenging me, and allowing me to challenge him. Me, the whole Charlotte community, we deserve better. Hell, I want better…I heard the boos, I heard the chants, but last time I checked coach Rhule wasn’t out there playing.”
Carolina started the season 3-0 but they’ve lost 10 out of the last 12 games.