By Larry GLicken

The Carolina Panthers were blown out by the New York Giants and Panthers Pro-Bowl receiver was less than thrilled with his quarterback Cam Newton behavior both during the game and afterwards when Newton took to the podium. Is Smith coming out and making comments about Newton’s behavior productive to the team? Newton clearly was not happy with his performance in the game, he is a very competitive guy. The Panthers need him to be a franchise quarterback and Smith could be causing separation in the team atmosphere.

Newton is still young, at 23 years old he doesn’t know how to handle losing like he did in the Giants game. For Smith to come out in public and make statements about Newton’s actions he could be making a mistake. No one likes to be singled out in a loss like the one the Panthers suffered the other night. Sure Newton was sitting on the bench with a towel over his head. The point here is football is a team game and the entire Panthers game played like crap in this game.

The Giants defense was overwhelming to the Panthers at times, if the rest of the team took it as personal as Newton did, then they could turn this thing around sooner than later. Cam Newton doesn’t need his teammates to come out and make statements that could destroy the team camaraderie. Cam Newton needs proven players to stand by him in the good as well as the bad situations. Sure Newton needs to mature at times, that maturity could come much quicker if guys like Steve Smith would take Newton under his wing and consult him in private. To publicly criticize Newton is not going to produce the positives Smith is hoping for.

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