The Carolina Panthers’ loss in Super Bowl 50 can be attributed to a number of key factors, one being Cam Newton’s underwhelming performance.
Not surprisingly, a lot of theories regarding the MVP quarterback’s struggles have appeared — some reasonable, most not. Jim Fassel recently shared his take on the matter, and it definitely falls in the latter category.
When asked why the former Auburn star couldn’t lead Carolina to victory, the former NFL coach refused to place blame on Newton’s accuracy. He didn’t emphasize the fumbles, either.
Instead, Fassel attributed Newton’s unfortunate night to his pregame footwear.
“All of the numbers pointed to Carolina. And when I saw Cam Newton walk out in gold shoes — ‘MVP’ — I switched my mind, essentially, right then,” Fassel told Mile High Sports 1340. “I said, ‘That’s not what a starting quarterback, MVP, leading his team — and I had a lot of respect for him during the season — that’s not what happens.’ You don’t do that. And I said, ‘This guy’s already become soft,’ and that’s what he was.”
While it’s not shocking to hear someone take the Newton criticism too far, it’s disappointing to hear it from a former NFL coach — one who knows what it’s like to lose in a Super Bowl in spectacular fashion.