But Newton said it was the words of two of the team's offensive linemen before the game - not Newton's in the huddle - that had the biggest impact. Newton called tackle Jordan Gross and center Ryan Kalil the "real heroes" after they pulled Newton aside and told him he needed to improve his body language and keep his negative emotions in check during games.
Gross said the Panthers respect Newton's competitiveness but were not crazy about his comments to ESPN. "I can't imagine the way it was portrayed was the actual way that he wanted it to come across. I do believe that he thinks he's a winner, and he doesn't like that we've been losing," Gross said. "We've been teasing him about his comments now to let him know we don't necessarily like it, but we're still his teammates. And he's handling that well."
Edited by ladypanther, 22 December 2011 - 05:56 AM.